Cottontail Survey Intern (PO-00736072)

The SCA interns will assist Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologists and other cooperators to conduct surveys for the State Endangered New Endangered cottontail rabbit and the non-native eastern cottontail by walking through thick brush to look for rabbit sign, collecting fecal pellets for DNA analysis, collecting habitat data, documenting survey routes using GPS and data collection applications, and contacting landowners for permission to access their property for surveys. Results from these surveys are used to guide management actions that will aid in the recovery of the New England cottontail.  Interns must be physically able to conduct survey work in difficult terrain and weather conditions, use a GPS, map, compass, and data collection applications (with provided training).

Compensation amounts (pre-tax):

  • $300/week Living Allowance
  • $650 Travel Grant
  • $1,459 AmeriCorps Education Award

The interns in this position MUST enroll in the AmeriCorps Education Award program.


Position ID: PO-00736072

Expected Dates: January 2, 2024 - March 16, 2024

321 Port Rd
Wells, ME 04090

Training Provided: Identification of wildlife tracks and sign. Use of ArcGIS Online and the associated apps: Collector and Survey123.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Southern Maine has many recreational opportunities in the outdoors including ice fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, and is within a couple hour drive of down hill ski facilities. The city of Portland and others have more urban recreational opportunities.

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Wildlife Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Recommended

A vehicle will be provided for work duties, but the intern may want a vehicle for non-work activities.

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

The intern will be housed in housing provided by Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. The exact housing location may depend on Rachel Carson NWR's needs for their own staff. Rachel Carson NWR has a communal housing option which includes internet access, a shared kitchen, bathroom, and living room, with dormitory type rooms, but also has other housing options in which the intern may live alone. The exact location will be determined by Rachel Carson NWR.  

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association