Wildlife Refuge Specialist Internship (PO-00733538)

Position Description
Are you interested in working in the natural environment? You could work outdoors, learning about nature and the role the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plays in conserving and protecting a few natural spots just south of the nation’s capital.

Your time would be spent working with a variety of folks performing their day-to-day duties on the National Wildlife Refuge. During your internship, you will have opportunity to gain experience from working in multiple programs, such as administrative, biological, environmental education, maintenance, and public outreach, at a National Wildlife Refuge. Incumbent will assist Refuge staff in their respective programs.

Program Start Date: February 26, 2024

Project Location: Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge, Northern Virginia


  •  Assist the wildlife biologist with several projects, including but not limited to invasive plant mapping and control, waterfowl and forest surveys, public deer hunt program, and associated data entry.
  •  Assist in facility and trail maintenance such as weed eating, power washing, fixing or staining boardwalks and overlooks, aiming to improve access and experience for the visitors.
  • ·Assist the visitor services specialist with public programs and special events, including environmental education, outreach, and media.

Hours and Schedule

  • Tu-Sa, totaling 40 hours. Schedule can be adjusted throughout the internship.
  • Members serve approximately 40 hours a week for a period of 39 weeks. Weekend work may be required for the Visitor Information Center and educational programs.

Member Qualifications (Essential Functions)

**Please include a resume in your application documents.

  • Must be eligible to serve as an AmeriCorps Member:
  • Be a citizen, permanent resident, or national of the United States;
  • Be at least 18 years or older;
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent or actively working to obtain one;
  • Be willing to undergo National Service Criminal History Check, including criminal background, sex offender and FBI checks;
  • Ability to pass SCA’s AmeriCorps criminal history background check.

**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.

  • Must have or pursue a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management, natural resources management, environmental science, environmental education, communications, or a related field.
  • Must be able to communicate and interact well with staff members and visitors, demonstrate good leadership skills, and work independently and in a team setting.
  • Knowledge of or experience collecting biological data in the field, such as animals and plants
  • Ability to walk in difficult terrain, while carrying equipment, with biting insects and in extreme temperatures preferred.
  • Must have a driver’s license and car.

Member Benefits 

  • Living allowance: $600/week living allowance (pre-tax)*
  • $1,100 one-time travel allowance (pre-tax)* – Personal vehicle required
  • AmeriCorps Education Award-eligible of $4,826.50 upon successful completion of service.*
  • Housing provided on-site
  • Eligibility for a Public Land Corps Certificate for Noncompetitive Hiring Status if you are between the ages of 18-30
  • AmeriCorps Member Assistance Program
  • Childcare coverage (if applicable): Eligible for childcare assistance through AmeriCorps
  • Student loan forbearance and interest payments, (if the member qualifies): Eligible for Federal Student Loan forbearance and interest payment deferment through AmeriCorps for qualifying student loans
  • Access to a national network of professional resources and a peer group

Trainings provided:

  • AmeriCorps 101 and Prohibited Activities, suspension and termination policy
  • AmeriCorps Members Service Agreement- Drug Free Workplace, Code of Conduct, Grievance Procedures, Disability Inclusion, Non-Discrimination
  • Life After AmeriCorps- resume building, applying for jobs etc.
  • SCA Urban Green Cohort Professional Development
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion
  • Sexual Harassment and Maintaining a Positive Workplace
  • Risk Management 101 Other training opportunities when available
  • Driver Saftey Training

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

2024 Tentative Schedule *Please note – this is a tentative schedule.

  • 2/26/2024 – 3/1/2024: National Direct Program (Virtual) Orientation & On-Site Training
  • 3/4/2024 – 11/15/2024: Field Season & Continuing Training
  • 11/18 /2024 – 11/24/2024: Last week of service & Final wrap up

This position is part of a specialized SCA AmeriCorps program and if you are selected, you will be serving as an SCA AmeriCorps member. It is our strong belief that equal opportunity for all members is central to the continued success of our programs. We will not discriminate against an applicant because of race, religious creed, religion, color,sex, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, age, physical disability, mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity characteristics or expressions in selections, terminations and or recommendations. Opportunity is provided to all applicants in the basis of qualifications and program requirements. Upon request, reasonable accommodations will be provided to applicants during the selection process and to members during service. Conditions of Employment For SCA’s COVID guidance, please refer to www.thesca.org/covid.

Position ID: PO-00733538

Expected Dates: February 26, 2024 - November 24, 2024

14050 Dawson Beach Rd
Woodbridge, VA 22192

Training Provided: The member will receive on-the-job training related to public recreation with a concentration on conservation-focused activities. The member will be included in team activities and will be encouraged to participate in all facets of refuge operations.

Main Area of Focus: Visitor Services and Site Operations

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Recommended

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

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