CDIP Facilities/Maintenance intern (PO-00734762)

Career Discovery Internship Program

Founded in 2008, the Career Discovery Internship Program provides paid summer internships for college students interested in wildlife careers through a partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Positions are available in a variety of fields, including visitor services, education, natural resource management and more.

To participate, applicants must be incoming college sophomores or juniors. Have access to a personal vehicle. Students who are Black, Alaskan Native, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic or other racial minority are highly encouraged to apply.

Interns will first attend a week-long orientation held in May and then serve in summer internships tailored to various U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service career tracks for 12 weeks at various sites across the country.

The Student Conservation Association, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

The CDIP intern at Cape May National Wildlife Refuge will work alongside U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff to gain experience in National Wildlife Refuge management. The position’s primary focus will be in Refuge maintenance. The intern will work with the Refuge’s maintenance professional on numerous projects throughout the Refuge, including but not exhaustive: finishing a building, upkeeping building exteriors, improving Refuge signage, maintaining Refuge trails and lawns, and other unforeseen projects that arise. Through these listed projects, the intern will be trained in and gain experience in a wide variety of useful maintenance skills. There may also be opportunities to work on other maintenance projects to gain other skills based on Refuge needs and personal interests.
The CDIP intern will also gain experience in other aspects of Refuge management, like biological, managerial, and visitor services. Numerous wildlife surveys (e.g., horseshoe crab, beach nesting bird, etc.) and active habitat management projects will provide ample opportunity to learn about some of the biological activities that occur on National Wildlife Refuges. Local, Regional, and National partnerships and constant policy implementation will give the intern an idea of some of the managerial considerations a Refuge has. While working throughout the refuge, there will also be opportunities to engage with the Refuge’s visitors through question answering and educational discussion. Other opportunities, work or training, may arise based on personal interests and maximizing the benefit of the internship.


  • US Citizens or Permanent Residents
  • Incoming Sophomore or Junior in college. 
  •  Access to a personal vehicle during your internship.
  • students with an interest in the conservation industry, who are of Alaskan Native, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander, African American, Hispanic, or of other racial minority descent.
  • Available to serve in the Northeast, Midwest, or Southwest: May 22nd- Aug 20th

Benefits: ​

  • Housing provided
  • Weekly Living Allowance $600.00 per week
  • Week-long orientation, expenses paid
  • Assigned U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mentor
  • Travel allowance to and from internship site $1000.00
  • Hands-on experience



Position ID: PO-00734762

Expected Dates: May 22, 2023 - August 20, 2023

24 Kimbles Beach Rd
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

Main Area of Focus: Visitor Services and Site Operations

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

Most amenities and entertainment are located further away that easily traveled on foot or by bicycle.

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

Housing will be provided at a 4-person bunkhouse located on the Refuge approximately 3 miles from the Refuge Headquarters.  Tenants will have a private bedroom and shared bathroom.  The house also includes kitchen facilities, laundry facilities, living room, and wireless internet.

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association