Biological Intern: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
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Join us in the Middle Rio Grande Valley to be a part of one of the most intensively managed national wildlife refuges in the nation. As a biological intern at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, you will develop a well-rounded skillset as you assist staff in conducting wildlife surveys for threatened and endangered species and maintain facilities through spraying herbicide. Additional opportunities to interact with the public or other refuge projects may be available. As the refuge headquarters is somewhat remote, it is recommended that you have your own reliable vehicle, although it is not required. Onsite housing is available. POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: Bosque del Apache NWR is located in central New Mexico along the Rio Grande. Well known for the tens of thousands of cranes, geese, and ducks that winter here each year, the summer months are busy with intensive wildlife management actions. The refuge is seeking two (2) summer biological interns to work from May 8th to August 11th (start and end date are flexible). This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young adults with a deep interest in advancing their career goals, building a strong conservation resume, and gaining extensive experience in natural resources and/or wildlife and habitat management on our public lands. Interns will have the opportunity to work with listed species while fulfilling high priority refuge needs. Work will be conducted both independently and as a member of a team. Primary responsibilities (60% of duties) will consist of surveying for listed species on the refuge, including Southwestern willow flycatchers and yellow-billed cuckoos, and managing the survey datasets. Surveys will take place at sunrise and irregular work hours will be required. Most surveys will be conducted independently while coordinating efforts with other team members. Additional responsibilities of interns (40% of duties) will include but are not limited to assisting with camera trap monitoring efforts for the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse, habitat monitoring, herbicide spraying, native seed collection, preventive maintenance on government vehicles, and cleaning and organizing equipment. Interns will also be asked to present their summer’s work at the end of their internship, either as a powerpoint presentation or video. Personal protective equipment (including bug jackets, bug spray, sunscreen, hats, and gloves) will be provided. A government work vehicle will be provided for work purposes during work hours after appropriate training is completed. Interns will go through an orientation week to learn more about the refuge and have an opportunity to participate in a career development and resume building workshop with refuge staff. Successfully selected applicants will be supervised by the senior wildlife biologist and crew leader. How To Apply: Please apply on the SUU Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative website at Search “Biological Intern”.
• U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident with a valid state driver’s license and basic knowledge of vehicle maintenance. • Some familiarity with wildlife survey protocols (species specific training will be provided) and mobile GIS mapping abilities. • Willingness to safely work varying schedules (including evening and morning work) and in extreme environmental conditions (including dense mosquitoes, high temperatures, low humidity, and muddy conditions). • Ability to lift and carry at least 20 pounds over uneven terrain. • Interest in working independently and as a valued team member on a flexible day-to-day schedule. • Ability to follow directions, read maps and implement protocols/project details. • Effective written and oral communication skills, including data/record keeping and project summarizing. Daily operations may include interactions with the public.
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Claire Revekant
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