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


Three Non-Paid Positions Available (2 Wildlife, 1 Botany)


Location:                   Arnold Air Force Base, Tullahoma, TN, and Tennessee Ecological Services Field Office, 446 Neal Street, Cookeville, TN

Duration:                  Spring 2019; start and end dates are flixible (potentially through Summer 2019)

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

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

Applications Due:     December 17, 2018 (midnight)


Links to Job Description PDFs

  1. 1. Endangered Species Program Intern


How to Apply

To apply for an internship position, complete the following paperwork and email to Leslie Hay at leslie_hay@fws.gov or bring copies by our office* at 446 Neal Street, Cookeville, TN 38501 by December 17, 2018. 

  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

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

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

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











Last updated: December 3, 2018
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