Streamside Rearing Intern (PO-00735076)

This position will support conservation and restoration of Lake Sturgeon in the Cedar River (Michigan). A streamside rearing facility to raise and release sturgeon is located at the Cedar River Marina. The intern will primarily assist the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources with all aspects of Lake Sturgeon rearing, tagging, stocking, and outreach. Daily activities include feeding fish, cleaning tanks and equipment, inspecting water supply, temperature, and discharge to the tanks, water quality monitoring, and fish health inspection. Interns will measure fish growth and density on a weekly basis and adjust food supply and diet throughout the rearing season. Data entry and management skills are preferred as the intern will also assist with daily observation logs and data tracking. There will be opportunities to learn larval fish collection methods, fish tagging and tag detection techniques, and fish health evaluation and care. Additional opportunities during this internship will include assisting other programs and teams with Brook Trout monitoring and barrier assessment and inventories. Training and application of science through natural resource management is included. Valid driver's license is 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 is approximately 2 – 3 weeks. All travel and meals will be reimbursed and a personal credit card is required for travel.

The primary duties of this position include: 

  • Daily care of Lake Sturgeon at the streamside rearing facility (feeding, cleaning tanks, health inspections, water quality monitoring, etc.) – 75%
  • Data entry – 15%
  • Assisting other teams and programs as opportunities arrive -10%

Compensation Details:
$600/week* Living Allowance (equivalent to $15/hr.)
$1,100* Travel Allowance, paid once with first paycheck
– Eligible for the Public Land Corps (PLC) hiring authority upon successful completion of position (640 min hours)
– Housing is not provided. Rental housing will need to be obtained.

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

Please note this position is not eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award.

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Position ID: PO-00735076

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

2661 Scott Tower Dr
New Franken, WI 54229-9565

Training Provided: Training in fish rearing and husbandry, fish health inspections, and tagging.

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: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

Will likely need transportation from residence to Field Office.

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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