CDIP Visitor Services, Butterfly Research, and Maintenance Intern (PO-00735146)

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 Visitor Services Intern serves as a front-line representative of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The top Biological Priority at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is to maximize habitat for migratory water birds. The internship position will assist in fulfilling this mission through public education events. At Hagerman NWR the Visitor Services Team aims to improve community engagement and conducts outreach to bring in new diverse audiences to learn about service missions. The Visitor Services Intern serves a key role in fulfilling this mission by interacting and providing interpretive content to school groups of all ages, scouts, and other diverse interest groups. 

Additionally, the internship will be involved with the following ongoing activities.

  • Dallas Zoo Milkweed Seed Collection Partnership
  • Off site visits for outreach 
  • Refuge Hunting Program
  • Refuge Maintenance program
  • Volunteer Program
  • Butterfly Plot Research

Onsite trainings will be provided from 4 different refuge divisions to give the internship a broad range of learning opportunities. Coaching including career advice, resume building, and interview practice for federal land management agencies are all part of what makes the Hagerman NWR intership so advantageous for young professionals.


  • 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-00735146

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

6465 Refuge Road
Sherman, TX 75092

Training Provided: -Interpretation -Outreach Services -Bird identification and Counts -Refuge Maintenance -Butterfly Research

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: 4 weekly public education opportunities including a weekend open-air tram tour. Fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hunting, hiking, and bird watching are popular activities at the refuge.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Visitor Services and Site Operations

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

The local grocery store does not deliver to the refuge.

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

A 24 foot trailer is provided with full hook ups. WIFI is available. A separate washer and dryer area with a full kitchen and shower is also setup for interns. A separate freezer and fridge is also offered if needed. The trailer is set up next to two other spots which are typically filled by refuge resident workampers. The trailer is reserved for 1 intern only.

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association