Biological Intern

Expected Dates
September 25, 2017 to September 22, 2018
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Position ID
As a biological intern at the Great Dismal Swamp, you will assist with biological and hydrological monitoring throughout the 112,000 acre forested peatland.

Primary duties of biological monitoring include assisting biological staff with surveys of endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker (RCW), general point count surveys and forest inventory and monitoring projects. Duties include 1) climbing trees (25-33ft) to access cavities; 2) assist with banding RCW nestlings; 3) peeping trees with a remote camera; 4) maintaining artificial cavities for RCW; 5) maintaining access trails; 6) general avian point count surveys; and 7) forest inventory and monitoring. Opportunities to assist with other projects occurring on the refuge will also be available.

Primary duties of the hydrological monitoring will include assisting with:
1) measuring streamflow, 2) installing and maintaining electronic water level recorders, 3) monitoring water levels in ditches and groundwater wells, 4) manipulating water levels in refuge ditches using the refuge’s network of 35 water control structures, and 5) conducting maintenance at water control structures, and 6) assisting with elevation surveys of the refuge’s ditches.

  • The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is located in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The refuge consists of over 112,000 acres of forested wetlands. Lake Drummond, at 3,100 acres and the largest natural lake in Virginia, is located in the heart of the swamp.
  • Banding nestlings, tree climbing with climbing harness and ladders, monitoring nest cavities with remote cameras, identifying birds by color bands using a scope
  • There are many trails on the refuge for biking and hiking as well as kayaking or canoeing in Lake Drummond.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience