Natural Resource/Outreach Intern
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) and the Lower Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (LGLFWCO) have a need for a Hispanic Access Foundation Intern during the summer of 2018. The intern will be reporting to the headquarters office in Alabama, NY situated 36 miles outside of Buffalo, NY and 46 miles outside of Rochester, NY. The individual selected for this position will work primarily with Refuge and LGLFWCO staff conducting outreach, environmental education and assisting with the Refuge’s urban initiative and management of public use facilities around the refuge. The person selected will be expected to attend events both on- and off-site including local environmental field days, Students Nature and Photography (SNAP!), environmental festivals in Buffalo and Dunkirk, the Erie County Fair, and the Youth Fishing Derby on the Refuge.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Habitat and wildlife monitoring (bat surveys, vegetation transects, water level manipulation, invasive species mapping and treatments)
- Hunt program participation (permits, checking stations, program setup)
- Providing environmental education to the public
- Conducting outreach programs with visitors
- Management activities (habitat management plans or inventory and monitoring plans)
- LGLFWCO field work (including aquatic invasive species, habitat restoration, native species, and science and technology site surveys)
- Work on specific tasks to develop the incumbent’s professional skills and interests
He/She will be provided with all necessary training to perform assigned duties. Iroquois NWR will provide access to driver training, allowing the intern to drive a government vehicle for official business use only. This training may occur prior to the start of the internship to optimize the internship period. On the job training will be provided to successfully perform assigned duties such as educational programming.
Individuals should be highly motivated, possess a strong work ethic and have a desire to learn and serve the public. The intern should be comfortable working in varying work environments - indoors or outdoors, rain or shine, clean or dirty. Individuals must have a valid driver’s license and participate in a standard U.S. Government background check. Interns will be expected to participate in periodic calls, email communications, and meetings with HAF staff during site visits to discuss intern progress and current or anticipated challenges. He/she will also be responsible for providing quarterly performance evaluations to supervisor to monitor progress, projects, and goals.
Local government housing will be provided, if needed.
Monday, May 21, 2018 to Sunday, August 12, 2018 (12 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
- Enrolled in an undergraduate or degree seeking program at an accredited university/institution OR have graduated from one within the past year
- Valid Driver’s License required - Personal vehicle required for local non-work travel
- Participate in a background check
- Good communication skills will be pertinent
- Knowledge of or strong interest in areas pertaining to natural resource management, wildlife management, biology, community outreach, and 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 conducting environmental education and/or working with children and the public is desirable