Fisheries and Wildlife Management (PO-00734986)

The intern will focus on Lake Sturgeon sampling and monitoring efforts. Other work may include field work as need by project site. The intern should have moderate knowledge of standard fishers monitoring survey methodologies and fish indication skills. The intern will also gain experience with natural resource management activities such as fisheries management, wetland management, prairie restoration, and invasive species management (as described below). 

a. Lake Sturgeon Sampling- The intern will assist staff with sampling efforts as part of the Sustainable Rivers Program. Tasks include setting of trot lines, baiting and checking lines, fish ID, fish handling, water quality sampling, placing radio transmitters, radio telemetry, electro fishing, collecting data from public using area, and fisher’s data collection while working form a boat.

b. Grassland Surveys – Conducting ongoing point count surveys for birds and vegetation transects as part of project evaluating vegetation and bird community
changes after the 2019 flood. The intern will assist with collection of data, quality assurance of data, and entry of information into databases.

c. Integrated Waterbird Management and Monitoring – This is the protocol used
at the Rivers Project Office for monitoring waterfowl use of managed
wetlands. The intern would assist with data entry and quality assurance.

d. Bat Monitoring – Biologists conduct annual surveys for endangered bat species using mist nets, radio telemetry, acoustic detectors, and emergence counts. The intern would provide support to these projects by monitoring
contractor work as well as deploying bat acoustic detectors and storing collected acoustic data.

e. Invasive species removal – Invasive plants are invading grassland and wetland habitats on Corps lands. The intern would assist with mechanical removal of
various plant species using mowing, disking, hand pulling, digging, and cutting.

Compensation amounts (pre-tax):
– $350 weekly Living Allowance
– $900 monthly Housing Allowance (6 months)
– $20 weekly Commuting Allowance
– To/From site travel expense reimbursement (if non-local)*

*Internship positions with the US Army Corps of Engineers will receive a To/From Site travel reimbursement that reflects the actual roundtrip travel costs from their 'home' to the site.  The reimbursement amount is based upon total distance (mileage) travelled and current federal per diem rates. Interns are required to submit an expense report to SCA with documented round-trip travel costs for reimbursement. The requested reimbursement amount is capped at $650. 

This position in NOT eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award. 
It is SCA’s policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position’s start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position’s start date will be delayed due to non-compliance.

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Position ID: PO-00734986

Expected Dates: March 20, 2023 - August 20, 2023

301 Riverlands Way
West Alton, MO 63386

Training Provided: UTV, trailer backing, power equipment, boat handling, survey techniques

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Kayak, hiking, fishing, camping, museums, restaurants, local historical sites.

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Wildlife Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

No public transportation is provided to duty location so personal vehicle will be needed for commuting, groceries, entertainment, etc.

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

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

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