The duties assigned to the successful applicant would be wide-ranging and should prepare the applicant for a future career in visitor services or recreation. Assigned duties may include:
• opening and closing the Visitor Center;
• developing and presenting programs for refuge visitors and school groups (e.g., nature walks, auto tours and environmental education programs); most programs will be virtual in nature
• working on special interpretive projects (e.g., brochures, news articles, exhibits, signs, the website, podcasting, producing short videos about the refuge and its habitats/wildlife/plants etc.)
• planning, organizing and conducting special events onsite (
• staffing the Visitor Center
• assisting volunteers;
• cleaning/maintenance of the Visitor Center, exhibits, grounds, and vehicles;
• developing content for the refuge Facebook account
• assisting with other responsibilities as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Successful applicants should:
• be energetic and responsible;
• well organized;
• be able to work independently and in small groups with a variety of personalities;
• have public speaking and group management skills;
• have experience in leading programs and working with the public is desired;
• have excellent verbal and writing skills;
• be knowledgeable in natural history, biology, bird identification etc.;
• creative and artistic abilities such as photography, art, computer graphics, website experience, video production, etc. should be noted in your resume;
• have a valid driver's license (required);
• interns should be current students or recent graduates;
• be pursuing a degree in parks and recreation, environmental education, interpretation, or a related field; however other backgrounds may be accepted.
Benefits and Logistics
• three 13 week full-time internships are available in 2021. One is March-May, May-August, and August through November, each pay a $400 stipend per week
• housing and laundry facilities are provided;
• uniform shirts provided, but pants or shorts (shorts, jeans or pants must be in good condition) and closed toed shoes must be provided by the intern;
• the work week will include at least one weekend day and some evenings.
The job announcement will remain open until the positions are filled.
To apply submit:
• a resume (up to two pages in length),
• cover letter,
• unofficial college transcripts,
• two professional references,
• your time period of availability
Send your application package to Rebecca Lewis at Rebecca_Lewis@fws.gov or mail it to the Visitor Services Specialist, c/o Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 West State Route 2, Oak Harbor, OH 43449. If you have questions call 419-898-0014 ext. 17.