Biological Technician Intern

Expected Dates
September 1, 2014 to August 30, 2015
Imperial National Wildlife Refuge
Position ID
The individual selected for this position will intern at Imperial National Wildlife Refuge as a biological technician assisting with the implementation of the Island Lake Fire Burned Area Rehabilitation (BAR) Plan.  Imperial National Wildlife Refuge is part of the Southwest Arizona National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The refuge covers 25,768 acres north of Yuma, Arizona. Refuge programs include a number of high profile activities such as wetland habitat management, upland and wilderness protection, coordination with adjacent landowners and land managers, archaeological resource protection, law enforcement coordination, and visitor services.
This intern will assist the BAR Plan Implementation Leader in executing the planning, logistics, and implementation of the Island Lake Fire BAR Plan. They will assist with assessment of treatment-site conditions for rehabilitation alternatives that are cost efficient and that have high chance of success. The intern will assist with herbicide treatments to control and prevent the reestablishment of exotic species and rehabilitating and restoring selected sites within the burned area with native vegetation that is suitable for wildlife. Much of this work will take place in remote areas of the refuge and adjoining lands accessible only by water. In addition, there will be opportunities to work on other refuge programs.
This internship will require a substantial amount of field work that will include strenuous activity for significant periods of time, often walking over rough or uneven terrain in hot, dry conditions, walking through thick vegetation, lifting and carrying heavy objects (up to 50 lbs), and often in excessively hot, dry or humid climates. Work requires average agility and dexterity and includes bending, crouching stooping, and stretching.
  • Imperial National Wildlife Refuge located near Martinez Lake, Arizona and Yuma, Arizona
  • Training is contingent on availability. Possibilities include: DOI Motorboat Operator Certification Course, Pesticide Applicator, First Aid/CPR, general habitat restoration techniques.
  • Imperial NWR is on the Colorado River. The local area provides opportunities for hiking, boating, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, camping, and hunting. Yuma has many community events during the winter. San Diego and Phoenix are each 3 hrs away.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
competent with supervision
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Leadership Experience
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience