CDIP Visitor Services/Community Engagement Intern (PO-00734858)

The individual selected for this position will work primarily with the Refuge staff in developing and conducting outreach, environmental education and interpretive programs around the Refuge’s Visitor Services programs and Buffalo Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership. Secondary duties will include making connection with similar groups in the Rochester area and assisting on Refuge Biology programs. The selected intern is expected to participate in annual events like conservation field days, environmental festivals in Buffalo and Dunkirk, Erie County Fair, and Refuge Special Events like Youth Fishing Derby.

Duties Include, but are not limited to:

  • Interns will work with Buffalo Urban Partnership entities like Groundwork Buffalo to help develop and conduct interpretive and environmental education programs to engage community members in conservation
  • Work closely with Groundwork Buffalo’s Green Team to help develop and foster interest in nature and conservation both at the Refuge and nature preserves in Buffalo
  • Be part of planning activities that focus on building community partnerships
  • Assist with developing programs for the Refuge’s Mobile Education Unit
  • Assist in planning special events and participating in outreach, environmental education and interpretive programming for wide range of audiences and backgrounds.
  • Assist Refuge on other work including wildlife surveys, habitat surveys, and other recreational activities.

Intern Benefits:
$620 per week living allowance

Travel and Orientation provided

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Position ID: PO-00734858

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

Casey Road
Basom, NY 14013

Training Provided: USFWS/SCA Orientation On the job training. Their may be other training opportunities that come available.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: High tourism area: hiking, walking trails, vinyards, bird watching; Niagara Falls.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Education and Interpretation

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Recommended

off-site housing; shopping

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

The refuge quarters will be available for the CDIP intern, wit first priority to this individual. The house is a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom house. There may be other individuals that utilize the house a couple times during the summer, but only for a few days. This will be at the comfort level of the CDIP intern that is already there. House is about 2 mile from a small grocery store and about 10 miles from larger stores. It will be furnished with beds, kitchen gear and some furniture in the living room. Interns will need to bring bedding and towels. Quarters is within walking distance of the refuge headquarters.  

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: No

Student Conservation Association