Tennessee Ecological Services Field Office
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Internship Opportunities



Summer 2016 interns capturing stream temperature data (left) and sampling for barrens topminnow (right)
photo credit: USFWS


  • Congratulations on taking important steps towards your future career in conservation!  Volunteer Internships with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are unique opportunities to experience many aspects of a career in conservation with a Federal agency.  There are many benefits to volunteering as an intern:

    • - Build your resume with real world experience
    • - Learn about the day-to-day tasks of staff in a Federal conservation agency
    • - Network with professionals and partners of the USFWS
    • - Learn about rare species in Tennessee
    • - Gain knowledge of federal and international laws governing wildlife
    • - Practice and refine your scientific analysis and writing skills
    • - Earn college credits


Four Non-Paid Positions Available


Location:                   Tennessee Ecological Services Field Office, 446 Neal Street, Cookeville, TN

Duration:                  Summer 2017 semester; start and end dates are flexible. (Approximately June 5 - August 18)

Hours:                        Minimum 10 hours/week, Monday-Friday; days and times of the week are flexible based on intern’s schedule and office need

Qualifications:          Junior or Senior undergraduate standing or graduate student; good communication/writing skills; knowledge or enrollment in a wildlife biology, environmental science and policy, ecology, earth sciences or similar degree program; experience with basic computer applications.

Applications Due:     March 31, 2017


Links to Job Description PDFs

  1. 1. Endangered Species Permit Program Intern
  2. 2. Consultation Program Intern
  3. 3. Administrative Intern
  4. 4. Cartography/Spatial Analysis Intern


For more information about our Volunteer Internship Program contact the Tennessee Field Office Volunteer Coordinator – Emily Granstaff at emily_granstaff@fws.gov.


How to Apply

To apply for an internship position, complete the following paperwork and email* to Emily Granstaff at emily_granstaff@fws.gov or bring copies by our office** at 446 Neal Street, Cookeville, TN 38501 by March 31,2017. 

  1. 1. Form OMB 0596-0080
  2. 2. Supplemental Application Questions
  3. 3. Your latest resume (Here are some tips for building a Federal resume)
  4. 4. Copy of your unofficial transcript

*If you email your application, the process is complete when you receive an email acknowledgement from Emily Granstaff.  If you do not receive an email acknowledgment or have any other questions, call Emily at 931-525-4993.

**Office hours are Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 4:30pm


For more information about volunteering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, see the national volunteer page











Last updated: March 15, 2017
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