Stewart B. McKinney NWR is looking for a qualified individual to be our 2020 Biological Assistant. This person will assist the refuge wildlife biologist with several projects including (but not limited to) monitoring shorebirds, conducting acoustic surveys for bats, and mapping and controlling invasive plant species.
Duties include nest searching, patrolling nesting areas, talking with/educating the public, assisting with fencing/signage, reporting on nest/chick productivity, entering data, managing trail cameras, using ESRI collector to map invasive plants, assisting with invasive plant control, working with volunteers, and setting up/taking down bat detectors. The intern will work in teams (with Refuge staff/seasonals and volunteers) and independently. He/She will need to drive a Refuge vehicle to and from monitoring sites (including large trucks), work in inclement weather conditions such as high muggy heat, deal with lots of biting insects and poison ivy, be physically fit enough to walk miles on beaches in the sun and carry fence/sign posts. May also be required to monitor other species e.g. wading birds, diamondback terrapins, and rare plants and conduct management activities such as invasive plant control, maintaining fence and signage, etc.
Qualifications: Previous experience with shorebird monitoring, invasive plant control/mapping, bat surveys, fieldwork, data collection, and wildlife identification is preferred. Applicants must have the ability to perform the physical duties of the position including being able to work in all kinds of weather and over different types of terrain. Applicants must be a US citizen able to work with minimal supervision, be very independent and easy-going, be able to work with the public of all ages in a professional manner, and possess a valid U. S. driver’s license. This intern position is funded through a Youth Engagement, Education, and Employment Program of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Applicants must be 18-30 years of age (or up to 35 if a U.S. veteran).
Send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least 3 professional references (must include email and phone number) by March 27th, 2020 via email to: Kristina_Vagos@fws.gov. In the subject line, please enter “Biological Assistant” and the first letter of your first name followed by your full last name. All application material should be titled similarly. Please do not send applications by mail.
Salary: A small living allowance of $210.00/week and shared housing (if needed) will be provided.
Time Frame: The position will be 13 weeks. Standard start date is May 18th, 2020; however, applicants who can start earlier on May 11th will be given preference. The end date is August 14th. If the intern starts earlier, the end date will be earlier.