Fisheries Research Intern (PO-00735074)

This position will support research on salmon and trout species that provide important fisheries in lakes Michigan and Huron. The intern will assist U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists of the Great Lakes Fish Tagging and Recovery Lab, Green Bay Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office to measure movement, growth, post-release survival, return to sport fisheries, and/or wild production of lake trout and Pacific salmon. The primary responsibility of the intern will be to assist with the data processing, analysis, and write up to address a research question to be determined by the intern and mentoring biologist. The intern will be expected to work closely with the mentoring biologist in developing and submitting a research manuscript to a peer-reviewed outlet. Training in specific analysis techniques will be provided, but the intern is expected to have a basic knowledge of statistics and some experience analyzing data and generating figures. Familiarity with R, Microsoft Excel, or other statistics software is preferred. Some graduate-level training is also preferred. During the times of greatest program need, or commensurate with the demands of the research project, the intern may also engage in collecting and recording biological data at field sites, assisting with fish marking and tagging projects, as well as routine database management tasks. Depending on project progress, the intern may also present research results at an appropriate setting.

All work is conducted under the supervision of biologists or senior technicians. Required travel will be paid for by the Service. The duty station will be Green Bay, WI, though some remote work may be possible. Training in scientific writing and data analysis and necessary equipment/materials will be provided. Valid driver’s license, personal credit card, and personal vehicle are required.

Please note that this position will include overnight travel. Expenses incurred will be reimbursed with receipts. A personal credit card is required. Estimated Duty Travel for this position will be approximately 4 – 5 weeks. All travel and meals will be reimbursed, and a personal credit card is required for travel.

The primary duties of this position include: 

  • Assist with the data processing, analysis, and scientific writing (70%)
  • Collecting and recording biological data at field sites (10%)
  • Assisting with fish marking and tagging projects (10%)
  • Routine database management tasks (10%)

Compensation Details:
– $600/week* Living Allowance (equivalent to $15/hr.)
– $1,100* Travel Allowance, paid once with first paycheck
– Eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award of $4,546.50, received upon successful completion of the position
– Eligible for the Public Land Corps (PLC) hiring authority upon successful completion of position 
– Housing is not provided. Rental housing will need to be obtained.

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.

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-00735074

Expected Dates: May 8, 2023 - December 17, 2023

2661 Scott Tower Dr
New Franken, WI 54229-9565

Training Provided: Training in fish identification, tag recovery and reading, and biological surveys.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Gain on-the-job training in natural resource management. Abundant hiking, biking, fishing and other recreation opportunities throughout NE Wisconsin.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

Will likely need transportation from residence to Field Office.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
D. No housing is available

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

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