Under direct supervision of the Area Manager/Assistant Area Manager(s) at the Matador Wildlife Management Area (WMA), the Intern is responsible for assisting staff with all facets of WMA operations. Assists with baseline inventory and monitoring activities to include vegetation sampling, mist netting of birds, and monitoring of drift fence arrays and Sherman traps. Provides assistance with research activities investigating the effects of land use practices on vegetation and wildlife. Assists with habitat enhancement activities including use of heavy equipment for mechanical brush management, application of chemicals to manage woody vegetation, and prescribed burning. Helps with maintenance of facilities, roads, grounds, and fences. Assists with capital improvement and public access projects. Conducts surveys and monitoring of wildlife populations including dove banding activities. Performs data entry of research, baseline inventory, and wildlife census data, and collects GPS data. Assists with public outreach programs as needed. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division, and Branch rules, regulations, and procedures.
•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.