Wildlife Biologist Intern: Alabama

US Fish and Wildlife Service/Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
Gulf Shores, AL
Job Category
160/week; One Time $650 Travel Allowance; Free Housing
Start Date
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One 6-month Student Conservation Association Wildlife Biologist Internship position at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge; duties include sea turtle monitoring (30%), shorebird surveys (30%), invasive plant control (10%), refuge maintenance (trails, signs, buildings, etc.) (10%), other wildlife surveys (10%), outreach, administration, and other duties (10%).

Requirements: Please send all questions and applications by email to jacqueline_sablan@fws.gov. Likewise, the subject line of all email correspondence must read: 2017 Wildlife Biologist Intern. Any questions or applications sent to jacqueline_sablan@fws.gov without this subject line will not receive a response. All applications must include your resume with 3 phone references (include some work references). Detailed information concerning position duties will be given to applicants that are selected for an interview.

Additional Information: The Bon Secour NWR contains 7,000 acres of wildlife habitat for migratory birds, nesting sea turtles and the endangered Alabama beach mouse. The refuge was established by Congress in 1980 to preserve the coastal dune ecosystem, to protect threatened and endangered species, to provide compatible recreational opportunities, and to serve as a living laboratory for students and scientists.

The name Bon Secour comes from the French meaning "safe harbor," very appropriate considering the sanctuary for native flora and fauna that the refuge provides. The refuge serves the additional benefit of comprising one of the largest undeveloped parcels of land on the Alabama coast. Its dunes are a reminder of the Gulf Coast, as it once existed. As a consequence, the refuge has been named as one of the 10 natural wonders of Alabama.

The Refuge is home to the endangered Alabama beach mouse, which is associated with the sand dunes and sea oats. Refuge beaches serve as nesting sites for loggerhead, and Kemp's Ridley sea turtles. Habitats include beaches and sand dunes, scrub forest, fresh and saltwater marshes, fresh water swamps, and uplands.

More than 370 species of birds have been identified on the refuge during migratory seasons. The largest are usually ospreys and several species of herons. At the other extreme, seven species of hummingbirds have been identified. Mammals such as red fox, coyotes, and armadillos are also present.

Housing will be provided near the Bon Secour NWR office. The provided housing is an air-conditioned bunkhouse that has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms upstairs, and 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms downstairs. Laundry facilities are provided and pets are not allowed.

A valid driver’s license is required. Likewise, a refuge vehicle will be provided for refuge activities only but a personal vehicle is strongly recommended for getting around Gulf Shores. Having your own vehicle is recommended due to the nearest grocery store being approximately 8 miles from the provided housing.

South Alabama has average temperatures in the 80's-90's during the summer months. This internship will require much time outdoors, in potentially hot, potentially buggy conditions.
Interested applicants should be pursuing or have completed a degree in wildlife biology (preferred), zoology, biology, or environmental science.
Minimum Qualification: High school diploma
Preferred Qualification: B.S.
Contact Person
Jackie Sablan
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