Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge provides an opportunity to build your biological monitoring and management skills by working with a team of skilled field biologists. Interns are an essential part of our operations, and if selected, you will become a dynamic member of our skilled and motivated team. Deadline to apply: 20 February 2021
Habitat Management Internship:
16 weeks (~May 3–August 20, 2021)
One full time intern is needed to assist with habitat restoration projects, including monitoring and managing a shrubland habitat and greenhouse plant propagation and Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Maine. This position requires a strong interest native plant propagation and invasive species. Applicants should be able to identify native and invasive plants, perform manual removal of invasive plants, and survey/maps areas for new invasive plant occurrence.
Primary responsibilities (65% of duties) include but are not limited to: greenhouse plant propagation, mapping and eradicating invasive plant species common to New England, and monitoring and managing shrubland habitat. Additional responsibilities (45% of duties) include but are not limited to: providing public outreach and education, wildlife and vegetation surveys, data entry, and general refuge maintenance /operations.
Interns will be required to work some weekends and holidays. Interns must be able to work in varied climatic conditions (harsh sunlight to rain, firm to unstable footing (sand, salt marsh; shallow to hip-deep water), exposure to high temperatures/humidity, biting insects), carry moderate loads (30-50 lbs) over long distances and use hand tools to dig/pull vegetation. Intern must possess valid driver’s license, have good communication and organizational skills, ability to work well with others and independently with minimal supervision, and be an enthusiastic field worker.
$250 weekly living stipend
Free co-ed bunkhouse style lodging on Rachel Carson NWR (if COVID19 regulations allow). Modern furnished facilities with laundry and Wi-Fi may be available
Professional development, training, and networking opportunities.
Work vehicle and equipment provided
Please note that due to future COVID-19 regulations, internship opportunities and/or housing availability may be suspended
U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
Valid state driver's license.
Must be able to work independently; must have good observational skills and communication skills.
Schedule flexibility, including weekend , holidays, and morning/ evening shifts
This position requires a strong interest native plant propagation and invasive species. Applicants should be able to identify native and invasive plants, perform manual removal of invasive plants, and survey/maps areas for new invasive plant occurrence.
How to Apply:
Email one application package (.PDF) to BRI BENVENUTI (Bri_Benvenuti@fws.gov) by 20 February 2021 that includes:
1. Cover letter that addresses the listed qualifications for the position of interest
2. Resume documenting your work experience, education, skills, interests, contact information, etc.
3. Contact information for three professional references (must include email and phone number for each reference).
4. Unofficial copy of current college transcript.
• To be considered, application packet must have all five items combined in one PDF.
• If applying to multiple positions, you must submit each as its own application package (one .PDF)
• Selections may begin before the closing date, we recommend applying early.
• Candidates are required to participate in a phone interview.