Intern position description: Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is seeking a highly motivated individual to assist in visitor services, environmental education and public outreach in Sherman, Texas. The selected intern will gain a 360° view of what it takes to be a safe and effective employee in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Intern will work primarily in educational outreach and administrative duties for the refuge.
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1946. The refuge is 75 miles from Dallas, TX. The Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge features thousands of acres of that provide a variety of habitats to wildlife and visitors alike. The Refuge plays a crucial role in the management and conservation of wildlife within the area. It is an important area for migratory birds using it for wintering grounds or a stop to replenish. Wildflowers and prairie grasses play a vital role in providing sustenance and shelter. Wildlife that are common are white-tailed deer, river otters, coyotes, turtles and even some fox squirrels.
Work Products: Key deliverables of the internship
• Visitor Services – Intern will support the Refuge’s visitor center and other public facilities. Intern will help in staffing the front desk and providing refuge visitors with information. This position will provide support for other administrative duties that may arise.
• Interpretation and Education – Intern will support and help manage a diverse array of the refuge’s interpretation and environmental education programs. This position will also assist with the creation of new educational programs. Intern will participate in the development, coordination, and implementation of site or issue specific outreach and communication.
• Recreational management (wildlife)- Intern will contribute in the development, management, and implementation of a high quality and balanced visitor services program by recommending and implementing compatible wildlife-dependent recreation activities.
• Volunteer Projects -Intern will aid in discovering prospective partnership activities with community organizations and corporations (Scouts, service organizations local governments and businesses). Intern will independently help lead small and large volunteer groups.
• Media - Intern will help with positively promoting the refuge using social media and other outlets. Intern will manage media during visitor service programs, including photography, informational pamphlets, and other informational tools.
• Administrative – Intern will help support the refuge with improving budget enhancement packages, such as: volunteer/friends group grants and assistance with contributed funds accounts.
• Visitor Data management- Intern will assist the refuge’s staff in developing, conducting, and analyzing surveys and visitor use studies; and measuring expectations, quality, and satisfaction regarding the refuge's visitor services program.
• Education/Prior experience public outreach and/or environmental education
• Ability to work independently for 8 hours without supervision in remote locations
• Knowledgeable in natural history, biology, bird identification etc.
• Ability to interact with the public in a professional manner
• Innovative thinking to help with development of new interpretation programs
• Ability to work with adults and children from diverse backgrounds
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Ability to use basic computer programs (Microsoft Office Suite)
• Experience/willingness to learn administrative duties
• Group Management skills
• Keep a positive attitude in adverse condition
• A valid driver’s license, with a good driving record
• Personal Vehicle is required
• Personal Computer
• Strong commitment to the preservation and protection of native plants and wildlife communities and sharing that with the public
• Work independently with little supervision and self-motivate to complete tasks on time
• Work with staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds that share a common interest in preserving and protecting our natural lands while building community