Biology Intern (PO-00734456)

The Lower Mississippi River Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (LMRFWCO) is located in Tupelo, MS. The office is co-located with the Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery. The LMRFWCO seeks an intern for fisheries related work.

The intern will assist the LMRFWCO field lead in activities including efforts for management and control of invasive carps in the Tennessee River, Lower Mississippi River, and the Arkansas/Red/White Rivers Subbasins. The biologist will work closely with state partners and other USFWS offices to assist with implementation of studies for management, control and evaluation of such efforts. Other activities include monitoring and evaluation of rare and common species, particularly as related to restoration projects or stocking efforts. Biologist will assist with habitat restoration activities for the benefit of native species in the Southeast Region. Biologist will work with field lead to employ a variety of fisheries sampling techniques and gears. Biologist will be responsible for gear maintenance and preparing for field activities. Other duties include: data entry and assimilation, assistance with report writing, equipment maintenance, and assistance with other natural resource conservation activities in the region.

Project Location: Tupelo, Mississippi
Program Dates: March 27, 2023 – November 19, 2023

M-F, 7am – 3:30pm with flexibility depending on the day’s activities. Members serve approximately 40 hours a week for a period of 34 weeks. Members must achieve a minimum of 1200 hours of service within 34 weeks. Specific weekly position schedules may vary depending on the needs of the site. Members should be prepared to be away from duty station up to two weeks for field sampling or other required duties.


  1. Field Investigations

Percentage of Time: 60%
Work with supervisor and/or senior biologist(s) in performing multiple actions:
Assists with biological field investigations, primarily related to invasive carp. Investigations include, but are not limited to, gear effectiveness testing, early detection, deterrent effectiveness research. Other field investigations may include large river and/or stream sampling for native species, including rare or at-risk species. Duties may include barrier assessments to aid in identifying habitat restoration opportunities. assisting with hatchery brood stock collections, assessments of hatchery production activities, and assisting with state agency priority sampling. Intern should be prepared to be away from duty station up to two weeks at a time, although most field sampling will be conducted during a typical 5-day work week. Intern should be in good physical condition, with the ability to lift objects, pull nets, and withstand potentially harsh environmental conditions. Duties also include preparation of gear prior to and disinfection of gear upon conclusion of field activities.


  1. Laboratory/Office/Station Duties

Percentage of Time: 30%
Laboratory work may include processing of samples from field work and working with various laboratory equipment. Office responsibilities include administrative duties, data entry and management, basic reporting. Station duties may include grounds and equipment maintenance, and assistance with activities associated with the office complex.


  1. Miscellaneous

Percentage of Time: 10%
Responds to written, telephone, and in-person inquiries. Assists LMRFWCO staff with other clerical duties.

Member Qualifications (Essential Functions)

  • Must be eligible to serve as an AmeriCorps Member
    • Be a citizen, permanent resident, or national of the United States
    • Must be at least 18 years or older
    • Local candidates only
    • Have a high school diploma or equivalent or actively working to obtain one;
    • Be willing to undergo National Service Criminal History Check, including criminal background, sex offender and FBI checks;
  • Ability to pass SCA’s AmeriCorps criminal history background check. Passion for the great outdoors

Member Benefits

  • Members will be engaged in a national network of professional resources and a peer group.
  • Compensation: 
    • $568 weekly living allowance
    • $1100 relocation travel allowance, one time
    • SCA Uniform Package
  • Upon successful completion of service, a $4,546.50 AmeriCorps Education Award (1200 Minimum Service Hours)*
  • AmeriCorps Member Assistance Program
  • Trainings provided: 
    • AmeriCorps 101 and Prohibited Activities, suspension and termination policy
    • AmeriCorps Members Service Agreement- Drug Free Workplace, Code of Conduct, Grievance Procedures, Disability Inclusion, Non-Discrimination
    • Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion
    • Sexual Harassment & Maintaining a Positive Workplace
    • Risk Management 101
    • Life After AmeriCorps- resume building, applying for jobs etc.

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

2023 Tentative Schedule
*Please note – this is a tentative schedule.  Dates may change, but training opportunities will remain the same.

  • 03/27/23 – 03/31/23:  National Direct Program (Virtual) Orientation & On-Site Training
  • 04/03/2023- 09/17/2023:  Field Season
  • 11/13/2023 – 11/19/2023:  Last week of service & Final wrap up

This position is part of a specialized SCA AmeriCorps program and if you are selected, you will be serving as an SCA AmeriCorps member.

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.

It is our strong belief that equal opportunity for all members is central to the continued success of our programs. We will not discriminate against an applicant because of race, religious creed, religion, color, sex, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, age, physical disability, mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity characteristics or expressions in selections, terminations and or recommendations. Opportunity is provided to all applicants in the basis of qualifications and program requirements. Upon request, reasonable accommodations will be provided to applicants during the selection process and to members during service.

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Position ID: PO-00734456

Expected Dates: March 27, 2023 - November 19, 2023

111 East Elizabeth Street
c/o Private John Allen NFH
Tupelo, MS 38804-4915

Training Provided: Boat operation and various types of field sampling gear – electroshocking, variety of nets, seines. Basics of data entry and analysis. Barrier inventory assessments.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: There are numerous literary and musical icons that heralded from northeast Mississippi. Downtown Tupelo has numerous arts and cultural opportunities and has an active Main Street Association. Active lifestyle includes: hiking, biking, fishing, hunting.

Main Area of Focus: Wildlife Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Recommended

Easier access to local amenities; however, bicycle would suffice.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
A. Partner will provide suitable housing for the member

Shared living space in second story of office building is available - private bedroom, shared bathroom and kitchen area. There is also a camping trailer on site if the applicant would prefer that option.

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association