Lake Michigan Native Fish Intern (PO-00735063)

In this position, you will work with biologists and technicians monitoring populations of native species and their habitats in the open waters of the Great Lakes. Roughly 35% of this work involves field surveys incorporating gillnets, trawling, and acoustics aboard large vessels, but also may include nearshore beach seining work. In addition to survey participation, you will also be involved in the maintenance of nets and acoustic telemetry arrays (25%), data entry (25%), fish ageing (10%), and other varied tasks (5%) working in a lab or at a computer station. Our work is focused on lake trout, lake whitefish and other native species supporting lake-wide efforts to restore and manage these species. Most of our field work occurs in the northern part of Lake Michigan and Green Bay but may include travel to other lakes. Additionally, there is the opportunity to work on AIS and habitat and partnerships crews as well. 

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 is 4 – 6 weeks. All travel and meals will be reimbursed, and a personal credit card is required for travel.

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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SCA 1957

Position ID: PO-00735063

Expected Dates: May 15, 2023 - January 20, 2024

2661 Scott Tower Dr
New Franken, WI 54229-9565

Training Provided: Training on distribution and maintenance of acoustic telemetry equipment, learn to deploy fish nets and ID native fish species, large vessel research experience.

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

Student Conservation Association