Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge - Bloomington, MN

Community Outreach Intern

The Community Outreach Intern at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge will support the efforts of the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program (UWCP). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has identified MN Valley as one of the 14 priority urban refuges in the nation. Minnesota Valley is located off a metro light rail stop in Bloomington, and less than 25 miles from the heart of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul). The Urban Outreach team at MN Valley works to provide nature-based programs, outdoor recreation experiences and environmental career exploration opportunities to under-served communities throughout the Twin Cities.

Interns will work with the Urban Outreach team to:

  • Assist in developing methods to engage community members in outreach programs
  • Maintain and build partnerships
  • Attend community events with staff – provide refuge information and assist with craft projects and activities
  • Develop professional skills and interests
  • Explore various career paths within the field of natural resource management

Dormitory style housing is available at the Rapids Lake unit of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Carver, MN, approximately 30 minutes from the refuge headquarters and Visitor Center in Bloomington. A government vehicle will be provided for official-duty travel. A personal vehicle is required for non-work travel.



Monday, May 21, 2018 to Sunday, August 12, 2018 (12 weeks) - @ 32 hours per week
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 2 weeks of the internship
  • Final Conference - 2 day conference held during the last 2 weeks of the internship period



  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or degree seeking program at an accredited university/college
  • Knowledge of or strong interest in one or more of the following: natural resource management, wildlife management, biology, community outreach, or environmental education
  • Valid Driver’s License required - Personal vehicle for local non-work travel required
  • Participate in a background check
  • Good communication skills; ability to communicate well verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work with a team and independently
  • Enthusiasm for working outside; positive attitude
  • Willingness to learn new skills and cultural competencies
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including occasional evenings and weekends
  • Experience working with children and the public is desirable
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English is desirable