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    Sean Murphy
    • Employer: Pennsylvania Game Commission
      Location: Harrisburg, PA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/27/2023
      Open Until Filled: No

    Three (3) Biological Summer Interns / Pennsylvania Game Commission – Bureau of Wildlife Management (Summer 2023)

    Learning Objectives


    Are you thinking of a career in conservation but lack field training and experience? If so, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s summer internship program is designed for you! Pennsylvania’s wildlife agency seeks hard-working, highly motivated students eager to develop their conservation knowledge and skills while experiencing all the agency has to offer. The primary purpose of these positions is to provide college students with an opportunity to gain practical experience and develop their professional skills related to wildlife management practices and techniques for biological data collection, population monitoring and habitat management, as well as public speaking and presentation development. These internships are highly competitive because they provide invaluable on-the-job experience for those interested in pursuing environmental careers. Successful applicants will work primarily with Bureau of Wildlife Management staff to gain valuable insight into applied wildlife management and conservation.


    Job Description

    Duties will primarily involve the collection of biological data and conducting of wildlife and/or habitat surveys under the guidance of wildlife program biologists throughout Pennsylvania. Examples include bear trapping, dove banding, duck banding, goose banding, autonomous recording unit monitoring, as well as taking disease and genetic samples. The interns will be expected to create a presentation in a format to be decided for use by other personnel about a PA wildlife conservation topic of interest.  You will be working outside under a variety of conditions including navigating rugged/uneven terrain and adverse weather conditions. You must adhere to all rules and recommendations regarding personal protective equipment and be able to responsibly use and/or safely observe the use of knives, scalpels and other cutting equipment, hand/power tools, and other equipment per agency directive or as directed by a supervisor.



    Pennsylvania Game Commission

    2001 Elmerton Ave

    Harrisburg, PA 17110


    Salary and Starting Date

    Biological Summer Intern

    Wages: $15.88/hour; up to 40 hours/week

    Hours: Monday thru Friday from 8am - 4pm depending on tasks and weather, with occasional evening and weekend work.

    Maximum of 749 hours/calendar year

    Approximate Starting Date – Flexible ~ May 15, 2023

    *Housing not provided


    Job Requirements

    • Valid driver’s license
    • Currently enrolled full-time in a bachelor or associate degree program in Wildlife/Fisheries Science, Biology, Natural Resource Management, Ecology, or related field, and returning to college full-time in Fall 2023


    Preferred Qualifications

    • Self-motivated and able to follow verbal and written instructions
    • Good interpersonal skills and works well in a team setting
    • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, and interact with Game Commission personnel and the public in a professional manner
    • Supportive of PGC’s mission to manage and protect wildlife and their habitats while promoting hunting and trapping for current and future generations
    • Proficient in the use of computers, specifically Microsoft Office programs, smart devices, and GPS units


    To Apply

    Persons who wish to apply for the position must be a student who will return to college in the fall of the same year of employment. Applicants must provide a résumé, contact information for 3 references, and proof of current college enrollment (with at least 12 credits) and fall enrollment (official transcripts are not required; fall enrollment information must be provided before the start-date) in an email to the contact person below.

    Use email subject line: “BWM Intern Program”

    Applications must be received by 4pm, 27 January 2023


    Contact Person:

    Nate Huck, Waterfowl Program Specialist

    2001 Elmerton Ave

    Harrisburg, PA 17110

    Email: nhuck@pa.gov

    Contact Phone: 717-585-2336

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