CDIP Facilities/Maintenance Intern (PO-00734864)

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.  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 facilities intern position would assist the refuge’s facilities team with ground maintenance (mowing, weeding, invasive management), building maintenance and general exposure to construction/historic resource rehab/storm water management etc.  The intern would be working on major and minor maintenance projects (painting, road work, building maintenance, invasive plant control), finish mowing of the refuge quarters and office buildings, working with the YCC (including going on a day trip with the group), helping the deputy refuge manager and the facility manager in the office (with various data calls, information gathering and helping to plan maintenance projects).   In addition, the individual will also have an opportunity to work with the Biological Team and the Visitor Services team on projects and special events.  A valid State Driver’s License is required for the position. 


  • US Citizens or Permanent Residents
  • Incoming Sophomore or Junior in college. 
  • 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-00734864

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

12311 Beech Forest Road
Laurel, MD 20708

Training Provided: Fence Repair and other maintenance tasks, Pollinator identification, Conducting visitor services programs. CPR and first aid training, mower operation.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Being located between Baltimore and Washington D.C. opens the door for many diverse educational and recreational opportunities. Like hiking, biking, sightseeing, museum trips,and music concerts.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Visitor Services and Site Operations

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Recommended

access to groceries and the many things there are to do in the washington dc and baltimore aeas.

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

Intern will be provided housing in duplex bunkhouses. Each duplex is a two floor building. Each floor houses three interns who have a private bedroom. There is a shared kitchen, laundry facility and living room and two shared bathrooms.

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association