CDIP Visitor Services Intern (PO-00735092)

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.

USFWS Career Discovery Program
This intern position will work with the Visitor Services team at DeSoto and Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge.  Position duties will include:

  • Help to staff and run visitor center operations by greeting and orientating visitors and selling entrance fees and federal passes
  • Develop, promote and carry out Jr. Ranger and interpretive programming for summer 
  • Assist with social media outreach material
  • Help monitor and maintain public use areas and facilities
  • Provide outreach to surrounding communities including Omaha metropolitan area


  • 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-00735092

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

1434 316th Lane
Missouri Valley, IA 51555

Training Provided: Project Wet and Project Wild Environmental Education Training Staff mentoring for interpretive programming and environmental education including developing program outlines and curriculums

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Omaha, Nebraska is located just 20 miles south of the refuge and has numerous museums along with the popular Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo. In Iowa, the Loess Hills offer numerous recreational areas for hiking and wildlife observation.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Visitor Services and Site Operations

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

No stores or restaurants are within walking distance.

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

Refuge has a three bedroom, two bathroom shared house.  Each resident will have their own bedroom with a lock.  We will potentially have up to two other seasonal refuge staff sharing the house.  The living room, kitchen and bathrooms would all be shared amongst the house mates.  Beds, dressers, tables, chairs, sofas are equipped in the house along with basic cooking and eating utensils.  Intern would need to bring bed linens and towels with them.  House has limited cell service but WIFI is available at visitor center.  

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association