Biological Intern

Expected Dates
May 14, 2019 to October 28, 2019
Rydell and Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuges
Position ID
The Biological Intern will assist staff at Glacial Ridge and Rydell National Wildlife Refuges with day to day operations. Duties include habitat restoration and management (30%), monitoring wildlife populations (20%), measuring and monitoring vegetation (20%), visitor services (15%), clerical work (10%), and general refuge maintenance/operations (5%).
Habitat Restoration and Management (30%)
The Biological Intern will assist staff with all forms of habitat management that occurs on the Refuges. Habitat management actions could include mechanical, chemical, and biological to enhance or restore tallgrass prairie on the landscape. The level of involvement with these actions is dependent on the individual, their interest, and their qualifications. 
Monitoring Wildlife Populations (20%)
The Biological Intern will assist staff in completing routine surveys and census of a variety of wildlife. Data will be recorded in a required format and the intern may be required to create routine reports. Interns will assist in collecting and recording information on habitat conditions, water level readings, wildlife demography, experiments, or any other project that Refuge staff is involved in.
Vegetation Monitoring (20%),
The Biological Intern will assist staff in completing vegetation monitoring projects as assigned. Projects will consist of (but not limited to) grazing monitoring, invasive species inventory, and fire-effects monitoring. Projects will be assigned by and overseen by permanent Refuge staff.
Visitor Services (15%)
Peak public use season occurs from May-September, the Biological Intern will be expected to assist with the public use responsibilities. These duties may include (but are not limited to) answering questions, providing tours, and presenting short interpretive programs.
Clerical Work (10%)
The Biological Intern will assist staff with miscellaneous clerical work throughout the year. This may involve (but not limited to) answering the telephone, completing vehicle reports, filing, data management, and geospatial analysis. Clerical work will be assigned and overseen by permanent staff.
General Refuge Maintenance/Operations (5%)
The Biological Intern will assist with maintenance and construction work, such as (but not limited to) fencing, boundary posting, painting, and structure maintenance. Interns will be required to operate passenger vehicles and light trucks.
Successful applicants must be able to work and live in a group setting and be willing to endure inclement weather and rugged field conditions.

Offer of AmeriCorps Education Award is subject to availability.
  • Glacial Ridge/Rydell NWRs - Erskine, MN
  • POTENTIAL for ATV/UTV and fire training (S-130/190).
  • Interns will be provided with a variety of wildlife and natural resource management experience throughout their internship. Northwestern Minnesota is home to an abundance of outdoor activities including fishing, hiking, camping, and wildlife observation.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree minor or extensive experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Bird Identification
some experience
Data Entry
some experience
some experience
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience