Biology Intern(s) (full time) – SDH Noxubee NWR is looking for two interns from January/March through July/August 2018. Projected start date is flexible from January to early March. The end date is also flexible, depending on class schedule the intern(s) could end in July or August. The intern should be comfortable using GPS units, Avenza Maps, dropbox and GIS (Arc Map). Applicant must be able to identify small woodpeckers and other focal species by sight and sound. The intern(s) must also be able to read color bands using spotting scopes, accurately recording observations and meticulous data entry. During the RCW nesting season the intern will be able to assist with conducting nest searches, nest monitoring, recording nesting data, using peeper scopes to identify cavity use, banding RCW nestlings, and recording other species that use RCW cavities. The intern must be comfortable climbing trees (upwards of 50 feet) using Swedish sectional ladders to clean cavities, maintain cavities and inspect cavities too high to reach with a peeper scope.
Applicants will be given preference if they have point count experience with species common to the southeastern United States. Upwards of 120 points for point count surveys will be conducted in May-June of this internship. This also includes conducting upwards of 120 vegetation survey points that correlate with bird point counts, as well.
Applicants must be willing to work a flexible schedule to include early mornings and late evenings, along with occasional long days (12 hours) in the field in hot and humid conditions. Occasional weekend work will also be required. The applicants must be able to safely navigate refuge roads and trails the aid of Service issued 4-wheel drive trucks and be able to navigate independently to RCW cluster sites with the aid of GIS produced refuge maps and GPS units. Preference will be given to applicants with prior experience reading color bands, using GPS units, GIS experience, FWS ATV/UTV training and navigating independently with the use of maps. FWS ATV/UTV training will be provided within a month or two of arriving. Other duties will include working with the biologist and other refuge staff with water management, spatially inventorying refuge assets, forest inventory, prescribed fire, controlling invasive species with the use of herbicides, entering and organizing the wildlife data on the local server, conducting bat surveys (summer), and other duties that arise to accomplish program goals.
Send in one document (pdf) with cover letter, resume at least 3 references to the email listed in job posting.
Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license and pass a background check
Salary: unpaid (Possible award up to $1,500 for interns after completion of internship)
Benefits: Field housing onsite provided with washer and dryer, internet , use of Government vehicle while on duty
Location: 15 miles south of Starkville, MS (Mississippi State University)