Fish and Wildlife Biologist Intern (PO-00735292)

Working with other Fish and Wildlife staff members, primary duties include:

  • Evaluates biological data and Federal program or project operational data to determine the effects of those programs or actions on threatened or endangered species through formal and informal consultations procedures.
  • Assesses impacts of proposed Federal actions on threaten and endangered species and develops draft biological opinions required under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Amendments for supervisor’s review.
  • Recommends ways to minimize or eliminate impacts to listed species.
  • Reviews and makes recommendations related to biological portions of environmental assessment/impact statements or comprehensive resource planning reports/documents to evaluate environmental consequences of proposed actions on Federal fish and wildlife resources of concern.
  • Supports other staff in conducting habitat restorations including landowne4r contacts, mapping, surveying, staking construction monitoring, seeding, etc., and prepares management plans or recommendations for restored areas.
  • Responds to written, telephone, and in-person inquiries from the public and other conservation partners.
  • Performs data analyses and writes reports to evaluate findings and make recommendations for alternative projects or subsequent action(s).  

Two SCA positions will be filled at the Illinois and Iowa Ecological Services Field Office. One of these positions will focus 25-50% of their time implementing the above tasks as it relates to our offices work on the Mississippi River. The second position will focus 25-50% of their time implementing the above tasks as it relates to wind energy and wind energy impact analysis across the two-state region. Both positions will work closely with senior Fish and Wildlife staff and be exposed to a broad range of other conservation activities and actions that the office engages in.  

Preferred degrees and skills include: undergraduate degree, boat operation, working knowledge or large river systems, GIS training and experience. 

– $600/week* Living Allowance
– $1,100* To/From Travel Allowance, paid once with first paycheck

Housing provided (apartment leased by SCA)
– Eligible for the Public Land Corps (PLC) hiring authority upon successful completion of position (640hrs minimum of service)

*All Allowances are subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

Please note this position is not eligible for AmeriCorps.

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Position ID: PO-00735292

Expected Dates: July 24, 2023 - July 21, 2024

1511 47th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: The individuals will be exposed to a wide range or ecological and biological activities and programs that are implemented at FWS Ecological Services Field Office. Moline, IL is located on the Mississippi River. There are many recreation opportunities.

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Housing or Stipend Provided?
C.Partner will pay the SCA to provide housing allowance for the member.

Partner will provide guidance/examples to SCA  regarding local rental opportunities.

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association