Visitor Services Intern - LOCAL ONLY

Expected Dates
March 23, 2015 to September 6, 2015
Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Position ID
Are you interested in working in the natural environment?  You could work outdoors, learning about nature and the role the US Fish and Wildlife Service plays in conserving and protecting a few natural spots just south of the nation’s capital.  Your spring semester would be spent working with a variety of folks performing their day-to-day duties on a National Wildlife Refuge.  During your summer you would spend time with a visitor services specialist.  You would be exposed to all the Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex has to offer.  Having a car is a necessity.  Your duties would be as follows: Support the Visitor Services Manager in duties related to environmental education, Interpretation, wildlife observation and photography activities; ensure refuge visitor contact station remains open on days assigned to engage with the public; staff and work local festivals; assist with Introduction to Archery staff programs; and other duties as assigned.
This position will focus on connecting people with nature which is core to our mission in that it will be for the continual benefit of our visiting publics.   The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s mission is:working with others to conserve, protect and
enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and 
their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
  • Northern Virginia (Woodbridge, VA and Lorton, VA)
  • The member will receive on-the-job training related to public recreation with a concentration on conservation-focused activities. The member will be included in team activities and will be encouraged to participate in all facets of refuge operations.
  • As we are likely to have an additional YCC Crew next year. The member will be encouraged to participate during environmental education days and will also participate in our staff days, when we take time to visit local sites and work on our team.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Visitor Services and Site Operations
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
competent without supervision
Trail Maintenance
some experience
Working with Children
competent with supervision