Wildlife Survey Technicain (PO-00735921)

This internship will focus on wildlife monitoring efforts.  Other work may include field work as need by project site.  The intern should have moderate knowledge of standard wildlife survey methodologies and wildlife indication skills.  The intern will also gain experience with natural resource management activities such as fishers management, wetland management, prairie restoration, and invasive species management.  (as described below). 

a. Pollinator Surveys and Vegetation Sampling- The intern will assist staff with sampling efforts as part of the Great Rivers Pollinator Habitat Partnership. Tasks include setting survey transact lines, pollinator ID, plant ID, and data collection, map creation in GIS applications.

b. Grassland Avian Surveys – Conducting ongoing point count surveys for birds and vegetation transects as part of project evaluating vegetation and bird community changes after the 2019 Mississippi River flood. The intern will assist with collection of data, bird call ID, quality assurance of data, and entry of information into databases.

c. Integrated Waterbird Management and Monitoring – This is the protocol used at the Rivers Project Office for monitoring waterfowl use of managed wetlands. The intern would assist with data entry and quality assurance.

d. Bat Monitoring – Biologists conduct annual surveys for endangered bat species using mist nets, radio telemetry, acoustic detectors, and emergence counts. The intern would provide support to these projects by monitoring contractor work as well as deploying bat acoustic detectors and storing collected acoustic data.

e. Invasive species removal – Invasive plants are invading grassland and wetland habitats on Corps lands. The intern would assist with mechanical removal of various plant species using mowing, disking, hand pulling, digging, and cutting.

Compensation amounts (pre-tax):
– $450 weekly Living Allowance
– $1,000 monthly Housing Allowance (4 months)
– $30 weekly Commuting Allowance
– To/From site travel expense reimbursement (if non-local)*

*Internship positions with the US Army Corps of Engineers will receive a To/From Site travel reimbursement that reflects the actual roundtrip travel costs from their 'home' to the site.  The reimbursement amount is based upon total distance (mileage) travelled and current federal per diem rates. Interns are required to submit an expense report to SCA with documented round-trip travel costs for reimbursement. The requested reimbursement amount is capped at $650. 

This position in NOT eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award. 
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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Position ID: PO-00735921

Expected Dates: April 29, 2024 - August 18, 2024

301 Riverlands Way
West Alton, MO 63386

Training Provided: UTV, trailer backing, power equipment, boat handling, survey techniques

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Kayak, hiking, fishing, camping, museums, restaurants, local historical sites.

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Wildlife Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

No public transportation is provided to duty location so personal vehicle will be needed for commuting, groceries, entertainment, etc.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
C.Partner will pay the SCA to provide housing allowance for the member.

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association