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Typically, job or intern opportunities at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge are seasonally available on a short term basis. Check below for details on any upcoming internships or job openings at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge.


Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge (LBNWR) is accepting resumes for one summer biology intern for 2019.  This is a 10 week stipend position working directly with the Wildlife Biologist at LBNWR.  The position is part of the AmeriCorps Environmental Steward Summer Program and is funded by Friends of Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge.  A successful applicant will receive $2,000.00 living allowance (~$400.00 per 2 week period) and $1,175.00 AmeriCorps Education Award to be used for qualified student loans and tuition available on completion of the program.  The job is typically 40 hours per week Monday – Friday starting at 07:00 and ending at 15:30. On site housing is available on LBNWR for the right candidate


Application Period: Opens: February 5, 2019                   Closes: March 15, 2019


Job Period: Starts: May 20, 2019                                        Ends:  July 26, 2019


Job Description:

The summer biology intern will aid the Refuge Biologist in a number of research and monitoring projects. The main project that the AmeriCorps Intern will be responsible for is the forest inventory of the Loess Hills and lowland forest on LBNWR. A forest inventory is basically a systematic collection of data and forest information for assessment or analysis. Information that is gathered includes species composition, diameter at breast height, height, site quality, number of snags, age, and defects.  This information is used for management planning purposes and to see what the refuge may need to do to achieve forest indices listed in the LBNWR Habitat Management Plan that will support species of concern including migratory songbirds and federally listed bat species.  The AmeriCorps Intern will also aid the biologist and other techs/ interns with the wet prairie inventory and monitoring.  Additional projects include but are not limited to the following marsh bird nest surveys, bat acoustic monitoring, Blanding’s turtle radio telemetry, grassland bird transects and massasauga rattlesnake surveys. Duties include data collection; data entry (using Excel, Access and ArcGIS); preparing summary reports and/ or presentations (using Word and PowerPoint); use of dichotomous keys for identification of plants and animals; GPS (Trimble Nomad/ ArcPad and/ or iPad/ Collector); deploying survey equipment; and maintenance.  The intern is expected to give a professional presentation and/or submit for publication in a scientific peer reviewed journal a biological note for potential publication if time allots. 


Submit cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts and 3 references (not letters of reference) via email to Darrin Welchert, Wildlife Biologist at  If you have any additional questions please free to contact Darrin via email or call the office at 660.442.3187.   

2019 AmeriCorps Announcement


Youth Conservation Corps

Summer Job Opportunities


Are you between the ages 15 to 18? Do you have a love for the outdoors?

Looking for a summer job? Interested in exploring a career in wildlife management?

Come join our team!


Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge will sponsor a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) employment program for the summer of 2019.

What is the Youth Conservation Corps?

The United States Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a summer youth employment program that engages young people in valuable hands-on work experiences to help develop and maintain the natural resources of the United States on national wildlife refuges, national parks, national forests, and fish hatcheries.

Who is eligible?

For students, 15 through 18 years of age (cannot reach 19 before July 26), who are permanent residents of the United States. The eight-week educational work program is scheduled from June 3 to July 26, 2019. Enrollee’s pay will be Missouri’s minimum wage rate which is presently $8.60 per hour. Work will consist of 40 hours a week, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Selected applicants will need to have their own bank account before reporting to work and show their Social Security card. Questions? Call the refuge office at 660-442-3187.

What will I do?

YCC members will learn about the different jobs in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the conservation of natural resources. Projects include but are not limited to:

Trail Maintenance  Building and Grounds Maintenance Biological Surveys

Invasive Species Control Environmental Education

Participants will do hard physical work outdoors and may be exposed to insects, poison ivy, adverse weather, and difficult working conditions, but it is an overall rewarding experience!

How do I apply?

Applications are available at the Loess Bluffs NWR office located at 25542 Hwy 159, Forest City, MO, or below.  Applications must be received or postmarked no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2019at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge. Four applicants will be selected for employment in a random drawing held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at refuge headquarters and all applicants will be notified by mail after selections.

 2019 YCC Crew Member Application

2019 YCC Flyer

                            Mailing Address for Completed Applications:

Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge

ATTN: Lindsey Landowski

P.O. Box 158

Mound City. MO 64470