Biological Science Intern

Expected Dates
May 13, 2019 to May 10, 2020
Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Position ID
This position will serve as a Biological Science Intern.  You will provide biological and technical support for protocol development, field surveys, and data management needs pertaining to the collection of inventory and monitoring information on Department of Interior lands.  Field work will mainly occur on Bureau of Land Management’s Roswell/Carlsbad BLM Field Offices areas, but there may be occasions where field work occurs on Bitter Lake NWR.  Limited travel may be required.  Data collection will span a variety of taxa and habitat types.  You will also work closely with the New Mexico Ecological Services staff at Roswell/Carlsbad BLM Field Offices and Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge assisting with refuge management activities.  You will be supervised by a senior FWS biologist that is either stationed at Roswell/Carlsbad BLM Field Offices or Bitter Lake NWR.

Compensation amounts:
  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $220 - weekly living allowance
  • $3,500 - duty related travel/gear allowances
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($5,920 education award and health insurance if elected)
  • Housing

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

  • Roswell, NM is located in the Chihuahuan Desert ecological region. Habitats range from desert uplands, to short grass prairie, to riparian. Bitter Lake NWR is home to numerous endangered and threatened species, and thousands of migratory birds, including Sandhill Cranes, geese and ducks, winter on its managed wetlands. The refuge has a designated wilderness area and many unique features, such sinkhole wetlands.
  • The selected candidate will be required to take several training courses related to the use of Dept. of Interior computers. The candidate will be encouraged to take multiple, self-paced on-line GIS courses. Other training opportunities are possible.
  • Several outdoor activities are available nearby such as hiking, biking, camping. Attractions include winter activities in Ruidoso, Carlsbad Caverns, Lincoln National Forest, Historical town of Lincoln (BIlly the Kid).
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree major or professional experience
Earth Sciences
degree major or professional experience
Bird Identification
some experience
competent with supervision
competent with supervision
Plant Identification
competent with supervision