Biological Intern (local applicants only) (PO-00733975)

Working as part of a team at Gateway National Recreation Area, the interns will monitor park natural resources, including threatened and endangered species, and conduct outreach to park visitors to promote shared stewardship.  In this capacity, three internships will be based at Gateway's Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens and one internship will be based at *Gateway's Sandy Hook Unit in Highlands, N.J.
*Note: the Sandy Hook Unit internship in NJ has been filled and is no longer avaialable)

Weekly Schedule:
Week 1: Orientation to NPS, NPNH, and career opportunities. Introduction to NPNH sites, offices, personnel, and programming. Interns will be engaged through activities representative of the different disciplines, site visits, and presentations by park personnel and other subject matter specialists. Two additional days of training will be scheduled for all the interns, one in July and one in August.

Week 2-3: Resource Stewardship orientation; shorebird steward training to become familiar with: field identification of shorebirds (particularly federal and state listed species); courtship behaviors; nesting behaviors; monitoring protocols; data collection; data management; visitor outreach and engagement.

Week 4-10: Conduct threatened and endangered species monitoring, data collection and data management; conduct visitor outreach and engagement to build shared stewardship; assist with other park natural resource activities to gain broader experience.

Week 11–14: Conduct threatened and endangered species monitoring; training for identification and data collection for federally threatened sea beach amaranth; begin monitoring data collection for sea beach amaranth; conduct visitor outreach and engagement.  Data management; assist with data summaries; close out monitoring activities.

• Proficiency in shorebird field identification
• Proficiency in identification of federal and state listed shorebirds
• Assist GATE with threatened and endangered species monitoring, data collection and data management.
• Visitor outreach and engagement to build shared stewardship for protection of beach species.

Allowance Rates (pre-tax)

  • Living Allowance: $600/week
  • AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,718 (based upon successful completion of the position).

Local only – a Travel Grant is not offered for this position.

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-00733975

Expected Dates: June 5, 2023 - September 10, 2023

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
175-10 Cross Bay Blvd
Queens, NY 11693

Training Provided: One week of training and orientation to NPNH resources, NPS careers, and special topics.

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Not needed

Housing or Stipend Provided?
D. No housing is available

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: No

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