CDIP Intern – All Disciplines (PO-00734862)

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.

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 All Disciplines Intern

The Long Island Complex is seeking a candidate for an All Disciplines Intern to participate in all aspects of the refuge Complex.  The intern will report to the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley NY. Through the course of their internship, the intern will gain experience by working with the refuge staff to complete annual goals.  The intern will work with the Visitor Services manager and may have the opportunity to participate in environmental education, outreach and the development of visitor services products.  The intern will work with the Wildlife Biologist and Biology staff and may have the opportunity to participate in invasive species inventory and management, monitoring nesting birds including bald eagles and shorebirds, monitoring rare plant species, and conducting monitoring and management in the salt marsh.  The intern will work with the Refuge Manager and Refuge specialist and may have the opportunity to gain knowledge about refuge management, gain an understanding of the laws establishing the refuge system and that govern today's management, and learn about Appropriateness and Compatibility with these laws. The intern will work with the Admin Officer and Admin Assistant and gain an introduction to Administrative work which may include the tasks that keep the refuge running including purchasing, budgets and electronic file management. The intern will work with the Facilities Operation Specialist and Maintenance to gain an introduction to maintenance activities including building maintenance, trail maintenance, Maintenance Action Team projects, and safety oversight. 

 The intern is expected to work 5 days a week, which may include occasional weekends, for a total of 40 hours per week. Shifts will be 8 hours per day, and sometimes variable in start and end times.  Work duties can include working in the office or working outdoors.  When working outdoors, the position may entail hiking long distances, lifting and carrying up to 25 pounds of equipment, and conducting work in hot, humid, buggy conditions. A personal vehicle is recommended to access amenities, and a government vehicle is provided for work tasks. A valid driver’s license and a good driving record are required. A background check is also required to gain access to work facilities and for computer use.


  • 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-00734862

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

SHIRLEY, NY 11967-2258

Training Provided: UTV/ATV training Defensive driving training IT Training for Computer Use

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Wildlife and plant identification, biological monitoring techniques, basic GPS use, defensive driving training, public speaking, social media, website review, exhibit upkeep, use of hand and power tools, Microsoft Office and other on-the-job training

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Visitor Services and Site Operations

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Recommended

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

Housing will be available at either the Duplex or the Wellington Modular. The Wellington Modular is a ranch style house.  It has 3 bedrooms, living/dining room, kitchen and laundry facilities.  The house will be co-ed.  The Duplex is located within walking distance to headquarters.  It has 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, living room, kitchen and laundry facilities. 

Tenants will be responsible for keeping the house clean, taking out the trash/recycling, and other household tasks.  

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association