National Wildlife Refuge System

Island Keepers Needed

Piping plover chick
Piping plover chick
Credit: USFWS

The Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, CT, is seeking enthusiastic individuals to spend their summer on an island off the coast of Connecticut, while gaining valuable work experience in the natural resource field.

These refuge interns will spend three months assisting with such important tasks as invasive species management, wildlife and vegetation surveys, nest counts, fencing/posting habitat, pollinator monitoring, working with threatened and endangered bird species, interacting with the public by conducting interpretive tours and educational programs, and assisting with island maintenance projects on the property.

Applicants must be able to work in all kinds of weather, over different types of terrain  and with biting insects. Applicants must also be very independent and easy-going – and have a valid driver’s license. Previous experience with environmental education, interpretation, field work in a field camp setting, data collection and wildlife identification is preferred.

The internship begins May 21 and ends in August. Keepers will live on islands with other staff in rustic field camp settings. A small living allowance of $180.00/week will also be provided.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three references to

Last updated: January 3, 2012