Invasive Species STRIKE Team Intern (PO-00735263)

Are you interested in gaining experience in the field of land management?  Do you enjoy working outdoors?  Do you have a passion for conserving natural habitats?  If you answered yes to these questions, you should consider joining our seasonal staff at the Audubon National Wildlife located in Colehabor, North Dakota. 

As part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service our mission is, “working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people."  As an intern, you will serve as a member of the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge invasive species STRIKE team.  Work will be completed within National Wildlife Refuges and Waterfowl Production Areas within the Audubon NWR Complex. Intern will learn how to identify invasive plant species and how to safely and properly apply herbicides. A willingness to work with herbicides, operate ATV’s, and work in inclement weather conditions is required. 

Primary job duties include:

  • Treatment of invasive species through herbicide and mechanical methods (60%)
  • Collect and manage invasive treatment data (10%)
  • Utilize GIS/GPS applications-mapping (30%)

Other job duties may include:

  • Assist with environmental education programs
  • Complete wildlife surveys
  • Complete grassland inventories
  • Assist with fencing and/or other maintenance on refuges lands
  • A typical work week will generally be Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM, 40 hours per week.  Occasional weekend work may be requested but will not be required.  Intern will receive time off for all federal holidays.

Training Opportunities:

  • North Dakota Commercial Pesticide Application Course (Ground Core, Ag Pest, and Right of Way).
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service training in Defensive Driving.
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service training in ATV Operation. 
  • Intern will gain an understanding of career opportunities with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Opportunity to job shadow and work alongside permanent USFWS staff to include land managers, Federal Wildlife Officers (intern will NOT be allowed to conduct law enforcement activities), Wildlife Biologist, and Private Lands Biologist.
  • Numerous on the job training experiences (i.e. GIS/GPS, how to use USAjobs, etc.).


  • $750/week* Living Allowance
  • $1,100* To/From Travel Allowance, paid once with first paycheck
  • Housing provided on-site
  • 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

This Position is not eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award

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Position ID: PO-00735263

Expected Dates: May 15, 2023 - September 3, 2023

Coleharbor, ND 58531

Training Provided: -North Dakota Commercial Pesticide Application Course (Ground Core, Ag Pest, and Right of Way) -Defensive Driving - ATV/UTV Operation. -Opportunity to job shadow and work alongside permanent USFWS staff

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Local educational resources include Audubon NWR Visitor Center, Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, ND State Parks, and numerous hunting and fishing opportunities. Additionally there are hiking, biking, canoeing, and camping opportunities close by.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

Access to amenities including food, personal use, etc.

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

Bunk housing located at the Audubon NWR is available but is not required.  The bunkhouse consists of four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully furnished kitchen, and a living room.  There is good cell phone coverage along with wireless internet provided at no cost.  Intern will likely be required to share a room with other seasonal staff member(s) of the same gender.

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

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