Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge - Marion, IL

Visitor Services/Outreach Intern

Crab Orchard NWR will be hiring one Hispanic Access Foundation Intern to work with the visitor services team to support the efforts of the visitor services program at Crab Orchard NWR.  The incumbent would serve as part of the visitor services team, which provides programming and public support to visitors of all ages and assists with the operation of the Refuge visitor center. Duties may include staffing the front desk, conducting interpretive programs for the public of all ages (both in English and Spanish), scout workshops, youth camps, special events, and performing outdoor manual labor such as trail maintenance and pollinator garden habitat support.

The incumbent will be provided with all necessary training to perform assigned duties. Crab Orchard will provide access to defensive driver training, allowing the incumbent to drive a government vehicle for official business use. This training may occur prior to the start of the internship to optimize the internship period. Additionally, the incumbent will be provided with on the job training to successfully perform assigned duties such as interpretive programming.

Individuals should be highly motivated, possess a strong work ethic and have a desire to learn and serve the public. Individuals must have a valid driver’s license and participate in a standard U.S. Government background check. The incumbent will be expected to participate in periodic calls, email communication, and meetings with HAF staff during site visits to discuss intern progress and current or anticipated challenges. The incumbent will also be responsible for providing quarterly performance evaluations to supervisor to monitor progress, projects and goals.

Transportation: Public transportation in the area is limited. It is recommended that the intern have a personal vehicle.



May 27, 2018 to August 14, 2018 (10 weeks).
Interns will be expected to attend 2 conferences during the internship period. Travel expenses will be covered by HAF.

  • Orientation Conference - 3 day conference in Washington DC during the first week of the internship
  • Final Conference - 2 day conference held during the last 2 weeks of the internship period



  • Knowledge of, or strong interest in, areas pertaining to natural resource management, wildlife management, biology, community outreach, or environmental education
  • Ability to communicate well verbally and in writing
  • Enrolled in post-secondary education program or graduated from college within the past year.
  • Ability to work with a team and independently
  • Enthusiasm for working outside, positive attitude, self-starter, physically fit and organized
  • Mature and responsible
  • Willingness to learn
  • Experience working with children and the public is desirable
  • Valid Driver’s License required