CDIP – Facilities/Maintenance Intern (PO-00734840)

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 Have access to a personal vehicle. 

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.

CDIP Facilities and Maintenance Intern

Performs minor construction and repair on existing structures involving standard measurements, specifications, instructions, and basic shop mathematics. Plans, measure, and lays out material according to measurements and specifications. Use and maintains power tools and hand tools such as hammers, hand saws, drills, plans, routers, power nailers, ect.
Operates government power or leased vehicles such as cars, vans and pickup trucks.
Prepares surfaces for painting or coating by scraping, wire brushing masking spackling and sanding surfaces. Prepares surfaces so coating adheres properly, protects surrounding by covering items. Mixes coating materials following directions. Applies coating materials such as primers, paints, varnishes, and shellacs, using standard application techniques and ensures the finish meets surface protection requirements. Use and maintains tools such as brushes, rollers, and common hand and power tolls.
Repairs mechanical systems by removing, cleaning, replacing, packing, and sealing defective parts of system. Connects components to install mechanical systems. Checks operation and performance preventive inspections of existing systems. Uses and maintains tools such as tapes, rules, hacksaws, power saws.
Operates use and maintains small riding lawn mowers, push mowers, weed wipes, hand pruning saws, grounds maintenance hand tools. Digs, loads, clears brush, and mows to clear paths and roads, and performs other grounds maintenance activities. Removes snow and ice, plants grass and other seeds, controls erosion, and landscaping in public use areas.
Follows safety practices and procedures following established safety and maintains a safe and clean work environment.
Follows practices appropriate to personal, visitor, and staff safety. Identifies and reports, potential safety hazards to appropriate staff.
Indoor/Outdoor Work


  • 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-00734840

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

733 Old Clinton Road
Westbrook, CT 06498

Training Provided: SCA participant will receive on the job training on hand and power tools as well as equipment use in facility maintenances,

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: The Refuge headquarters in Westbrook ct. offers a great bass to explore southern New England.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Backcountry/Trail work

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

To get to amenities

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

Hosing will be provided in the refuge bunkhouse.  Two persons per room.  

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association