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
Salt Marsh Internship:
12 weeks (~June 1–August 16, 2021)
One full time intern is needed to support the Land Management and Research Demonstration (LMRD) projects on Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Maine. This position requires a strong interest in coastal ecology. Applicants should be able to identify coastal/ estuarine plants and fish using prior knowledge/field guides. Candidates should also be able to conduct field surveys/monitoring for vegetation, fish and environmental conditions and hand removal of invasive plants. The successful applicant will also have basic statistical, GPS and GIS knowledge.
Primary responsibilities (80% of duties) include but are not limited to: tidal marsh surveys and monitoring and data entry. Additional responsibilities (20% of duties) include but are not limited to: providing public outreach and education, habitat restoration and management, and general refuge maintenance /operations.
Intern will be required to work some weekends and holidays. Intern must be able to work in small groups and independently with minimal supervision, follow written protocols, be attentive to details, accurately complete datasheets, and communicate with senior staff members. This position requires the employee to conduct field work in varied conditions (harsh sunlight to light rain, firm to unstable footing, moist to hip deep water), carry moderate loads (30-50 lbs), use hand tools to dig/pull plants, and exposure to high humidity and biting insects. Intern must possess valid driver’s license.
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
$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
This position requires a strong interest in coastal ecology. Applicants should be able to identify coastal/ estuarine plants and fish using prior knowledge/field guides. Candidates should also be able to conduct field surveys/monitoring for vegetation, fish and environmental conditions and hand removal of invasive plants. The successful applicant will also have basic statistical, GPS and GIS knowledge.
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.