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Interns working on the refuge - USFWS.Volunteer Internships (Not a Pathways Internship)

Visitor Services Division

Interns are an essential part of operations at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Interns with the Visitor Services division work hard to ensure the future of conservation by connecting people with nature through customer service, Interpretation and environmental education. Training, housing, and uniforms will be provided - you supply the time and interest!

Application Period: OPENING SOON

Internship Duration: 12 - 14 weeks; May – August; possibility of extension.

Work Description

  • Visitor Services Interns staff the Visitor Center.
  • Develop and conduct orientation talks, interpretive walks and demonstrations to a variety of general public audiences and school groups.
  • Initiate or assist with the development or revision of interpretive materials such as brochures, handouts, and exhibits.
  • Work with the refuge education staff to prepare and conduct on- and off-site environmental education programs for a variety of audiences
  • Assist with the management of wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education and/or interpretation.

Requirements

  • Be currently enrolled or a recent graduate of an accredited university. All majors, all standings can apply.
  • Have experience speaking in front of groups, including children and school groups.
  • Have the ability to communicate well with visitors and staff both orally and in writing.
  • Requires office and outdoor work. The work involves physical exertion such as walking over wet, rough, and uneven terrain, extreme temperatures and exposure to biting insects.
  • Requires schedule flexibility (8 to 10 hours daily) including weekends, holidays and some evening shifts.
  • Requires time management and problem solving skills.

To Apply

Complete the application process at the Student Conservation Association websiteIncomplete applications will not be considered for the positions offered.  

If you have questions about visitor services internships please contact Michael Dixon, Supervisory Visitor Services Manager at 757-336-6122 x2308 or Michael_Dixon@fws.gov 

 

Wildlife Biology Division

Application Period: OPENING SOON

Shorebird Management Internship

Internship Duration: Start April 18th - end August 26

Requirements   

  • Must be a recent graduate or a current student in Wildlife Biology, Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management, or a related field;
  • Valid driver's license;
  • Ability to communicate well with visitors and staff both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work independently on daily tasks and good observational skills;
  • Time management and problem solving skills;
  • Ability to walk in difficult terrain for long distances, carry equipment (30 lbs), tolerate biting insects and extreme temperatures;
  • Work requires some physical exertion
  • Schedule flexibility (8 to 12 hours daily) including weekends and some evening shifts;
  • Strong interest in ornithology and experience using optical equipment;

Primary responsibilities (90% of duties)

  • Monitor breeding populations of federally threatened piping plovers, American oystercatchers, and colonial nesting birds.
  • Conduct nest searches, record behavioral observations, chick monitoring, and predator reporting.
  • Ensure data sheets are completed in a neat and organized manner daily.
  • Maintenance of vehicles, work equipment and office area.

 

Vegetation Management Internship

Internship Duration: Start April 18th - end September 23   

Requirements
  • Must be a recent graduate or a current student in Wildlife Biology, Botany, Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management, or a related field
  • Valid driver's license
  • Ability to map plant species using Garmin GPS and/or Trimble units, maps, compasses, and Geographical Information System (GIS) to document and report findings.
  • Ability to work independently on daily tasks and good observational skills
  • Time management and problem solving skills
  • Ability to walk in difficult terrain for long distances, carry equipment (30 lbs), tolerate biting insects and extreme temperatures
  • Work requires physical exertion

Primary responsibilities (90% of duties)

  • Vegetation management will occur in a variety of habitats (maritime forest, freshwater wetland, salt marsh, beach strand) located on the Refuge's barrier island and mainland properties.
  • Provide technical field support and data management for southern pine beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis Zimmermann) damage assessments. 
  • Monitoring and management of invasive plant species such as common reed (Phragmites australis) and autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata).
  • Inventory of Federally threatened seabeach amaranth (Amaranthus pumilus)
  • Monitoring grazing impacts to salt marshes; among other management activities.
  • Maintenance of vehicles, work equipment and office area.

 

To Apply  

Complete the application process at the Student Conservation Association website (see links below). Incomplete applications will not be considered for the positions offered. 

Vegetation Management Internship

Shorebird Internship 

Biological Internship 

If you have questions about biology internships please contact Kevin Holcomb, Supervisory Wildlife Biologist at 757-336-6122 x2328 or Kevin_Holcomb@fws.gov

 

Last Updated: Dec 06, 2016
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