Rare Species Survey Intern – Fall (Local Candidates Preferred) (PO-00735105)

Spend your summer and fall in Maryland, playing a vital role at Naval Air Station Patuxent River as a Rare Species Survey Intern. You would perform crucial tasks in support of our mission.
Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conduct and coordinate volunteers for Diamondback Terrapin surveys and nest monitoring, 40%;
  • Monitor tagged Spotted Turtles (via radio telemetry), 20%
  • Survey groundwater seeps for listed plant species, 15%;

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Assist with bat acoustical surveys, 10%;
  • Conduct Bald Eagle nest surveys, 5%;
  • Conduct submerged aquatic vegetation surveys, 5%;
  • Assist with environmental education outreach, 5%.

Education Opportunities:
Training for all projects will be provided in-house.  Emergent educational opportunities would be granted as appropriate to the position and as the internship workload allows.

Local candidates are preferred due to lack of housing; however, non-local candidates will be considered if they can find their own housing.  A housing allowance is provided.

A Monday-Friday schedule with an estimated 40 hours a week should be expected.  Some evening, weekend, and holiday work may be required when volunteers are unable to cover terrapin shifts.


  • One-time allowance: $1100*
  • Weekly living allowance: $350*
  • Eligible for 450-hour AmeriCorps education award worth $1,718.25*

*Subject to local, state, and federal taxes.

Position ID: PO-00735105

Expected Dates: August 14, 2023 - December 1, 2023

22541 Johnson Road
Building 1410
Patuxent River, MD 20670-1700

Training Provided: In-house training in wildlife identification and survey techniques; opportunity for access to no-cost natural resources training as it becomes available and does not conflict with field schedule.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Emergent educational opportunities may be made available dependent on internship workload and project applicability.

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Wildlife Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Recommended

Car recommended for commuting and access to field locations when government vehicles are not available.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
D. No housing is available

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association