Under the immediate supervision of the Area Manager/Assistant Area Managers at the Trans-Pecos Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), the Intern is responsible for assisting with implementing appropriate ecosystem management strategies to emphasize wildlife/habitat management, restoration and enhancement. Provides assistance in conducting baseline inventories of vegetation, small mammals, herps, and birds, and with the preparation of voucher specimens. Helps in conducting censuses and monitoring of wildlife populations and habitat. Provides assistance to Area staff members with ongoing research activities. Collects GPS data to aid in the development of the area GIS. Assists with habitat enhancements including: installation and maintenance of wildlife water developments, and grazing improvements (water, fences, and others). Assists in maintenance, development and construction of Area facilities including critical public access improvements. After completion of the program, the Intern will benefit from the following: (1) Issues affecting the wildlife profession; (2) Ecosystem management; (3) Management strategies which emphasize wildlife/habitat management, restoration, and enhancement; (4) Tools used in managing wildlife populations and habitat; (5) Baseline inventory techniques; (6) Techniques for monitoring wildlife populations and habitat; (7) Management Area operations; and (8) Desert ecosystems. Performs additional duties as assigned.
•Current enrollment as an undergraduate or graduate student in an accredited college or university;
•Minimum of 18 completed semester credit hours from an accredited college or university at the time of application;
•Must have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 grade point scale or "Pass" on a Pass/Fail system.
•If driving is required, applicant must possess a valid State driver's license.
•Current enrollment as an undergraduate or graduate student in an accredited college or university enrolled in a Wildlife Science or closely related program.
•Experience in safe equipment operation and maintenance (including but not limited to: tractors and associated implements; ATVs/UTVs; four-wheel drive and off-road vehicles; etc.);
•Experience with monitoring and survey equipment (including but not limited to: radio telemetry; GPS; vegetation sampling; mist netting and Sherman traps);
•Experience in personal computers and personal computer applications;
•Experience in application of chemicals to manage woody vegetation.