Aquatic Barrier Inventory Intern (PO-00735075)

This position will support aquatic organism passage and restoration throughout northeast Wisconsin and Michigan. The intern will assist U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologists through field inventories of road-stream crossings to measure and identify barriers to aquatic organism passage. The primary responsibility of this internship will be to travel to different watersheds, some in remote locations, to complete road-stream crossing inventories using the Great Lakes Road Stream Crossing Inventory method. These surveys will help prioritize restoration efforts to restore habitat connectivity, migration pathways for aquatic organisms, water quality, and infrastructure safety. Most surveys will be conducted in day trips. Some locations may be remote with a need for hiking and carrying equipment in difficult terrain and working in inclement conditions. Other responsibilities may include assisting with monitoring projects for macroinvertebrate and fish populations and water quality monitoring. Training and application of science through natural resource management is included including field and data collection techniques, fish and macroinvertebrate identification, and boat preparedness. Interns will have numerous opportunities to participate in other field activities including backpack electrofishing and recruitment surveys. Valid driver's license is required and because housing is not offered on-site, candidates will need a personal vehicle or other resource for traveling to and from the office.

Please note that this position will include overnight travel. Expenses incurred will be reimbursed with receipts. A personal credit card is required. Estimated duty travel is 4 – 6 weeks. All travel and meals will be reimbursed, and a personal credit card is required for travel.

Primary duties of this position include: 

  • Field surveys to inventory road stream crossings and assess aquatic organism passage barriers – 45%
  • Assisting other programs/teams with field surveys (Brook Trout monitoring, Lake Sturgeon recruitment) – 30%
  • Training – 10%
  • Gear and equipment upkeep and cleaning – 10%
  • Data entry and data management – 5%

Compensation Details:
– $600/week* Living Allowance (equivalent to $15/hr.)
– $1,100* Travel Allowance, paid once with first paycheck
– Eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award of $4,546.50, received upon successful completion of the position
– Eligible for the Public Land Corps (PLC) hiring authority upon successful completion of position 
– Housing is not provided. Rental housing will need to be obtained.

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.

It is SCA's policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position's start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position's start date will be delayed due to non-compliance. 

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Position ID: PO-00735075

Expected Dates: May 15, 2023 - December 24, 2023

2661 Scott Tower Dr
New Franken, WI 54229-9565

Training Provided: Training in the Great Lakes Road Stream Crossing Inventory methods, Survey123 data collection, Arc GIS tutorials, habitat restoration techniques, developing and implementing monitoring and restoration plans.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Gain on-the-job training in natural resource management. Abundant hiking, biking, fishing and other recreation opportunities throughout NE Wisconsin.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

Will likely need transportation from residence to Field Office.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
D. No housing is available

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association