Rhode Island’s coastal habitat currently faces a number of threats including aggressive exotic invasive plant species. Interns will carry out control of invasive plants threatening important coastal shrublands, forests, and salt-marsh habitat. Control methods include hand-pulling, herbicide application, cutting and digging with hand tools, and working with volunteers. Duties also include rare plant monitoring, assisting with the New England Cottontail captive breeding program, and performing various wildlife and habitat surveys. Applicants must possess excellent field botany skills, and have the ability to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions, especially heat and humidity, endure biting insects, and to work well with others. Additionally, applicants must be in good physical shape, be able to hike long distances while carrying equipment, and possess a valid driver’s license.
Two positions are available from May 13 to September 27 (some flexibility for the start and end date exists). Compensation $215/wk plus possibility of housing. Send letter of interest, resume and contact information for 3 references to, John Veale 50 Bend Road, Charlestown, RI 02813 OR email materials to John_Veale@fws.gov. Please include “General Biological Internship 2019” in the subject line of your email. Application deadline is February 1.