Wildlife Refuge Management Intern 2

Expected Dates
December 8, 2014 to March 29, 2015
Site
Santee National Wildlife Refuge
Position ID
PO-00592127
The position offers a broad range of opportunities in the management of a National Wildlife Refuge and will support conservation, visitor services and maintenance activities at Santee National Wildlife Refuge.  The intern will assist with biological programs including seasonal forest monitoring, exotic/invasive species control, wetland management, GPS/GIS, waterbird/waterfowl surveys and other bird surveys, maintenance of wood duck boxes and writing planning documents.  The intern will assist with visitor services operations and programs including developing and conducting interpretive programs for the refuge, the day-to-day operations of the Santee NWR Visitor Center, and other public use programs.  The intern will also gain experience with maintenance operations including maintaining trails, roads, parking areas, sign/boundary posting, and upkeep of various visitor facilities.  Job responsibilities may include but are not limited to: assisting in the coordination of habitat management, wildlife surveys, invasive species control, refuge public use programs, routine trail maintenance, and working with volunteers and staff on a variety of refuge projects across different programs (biological, maintenance, refuge management, public use, etc.).  
 
Expect to work 40 hours per week including some nights, weekends, and split shifts. Work hours will vary based on refuge projects, needs, and events.  Expect to work outdoors in all weather conditions.  On-the-job-training will be provided.  Personal internet/computer access will not be provided.  Intern should have their own computer and internet access for personal use.  However, access to Refuge computers may be available for office work.  A personal vehicle is required for getting to/from work if living off-site and a government vehicle is provided for work tasks.  A background check will be required to gain access to facilities and computer use.

Qualifications: 
A. Required Background:
·         A graduate or current student (Junior/Senior status) in conservation biology, wildlife biology, ecology, environmental biology, natural resources management or related field;
·         Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
·         Enthusiasm and a positive attitude;
·         Ability to work independently and as a team player;
·         Must have a valid driver’s license and good driving record.https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gif
·         Interest in all refuge programs (biology, visitor services, maintenance)
 
B. Desired Background:
·         Experience with global positioning systems (GPS) and geographic information systems (GIS);
·         Experience operating utility vehicles (UTVs) or all-terrain vehicles (ATVs)https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gif
·         Familiarity with regional flora and fauna is not required, but strongly preferred.
  • Santee National Wildlirfe Refuge is located in Clarendon County, SC. Approximately, 1 hour from Charleston and 1 hour from Columbia, the refuge is located on the northern shores of Lake Marion, the largest lake in South Carolina.
  • Training opportunities may include: various Environmental/biological curriculums as may be available. Also, seasonal MOCC and ATV safety training and various equipment trainings may be available to the intern.
  • Canoe/kayaking, bicycling, hiking, birding, fishing, hunting are available right on the Santee National Wildlife Refuge. In the area surrounding the refuge, there are countless opportunities to learn about the natural and cultural history of the area.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
degree minor or extensive experience
Communications
some coursework or experience
Forestry
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
degree minor or extensive experience
Resource Management
degree minor or extensive experience
Bird Identification
some experience
Data Entry
competent with supervision
GPS
some experience
Hand Tools
competent without supervision
Trail Maintenance
competent without supervision