Biological Technician Intern

Expected Dates
August 29, 2022 to June 2, 2023
Kofa National Wildlife Refuge
Position ID
Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants will be required to be fully vaccinated. Full vaccination is defined in SCA’s COVID Management plan, which can be found here.

The SCA Biological Technician intern will work out of the Kofa NWR/SWAZRC office located in Yuma, Arizona. He/she will assist with wildlife management and monitoring projects on Kofa NWR. Periodically, the intern may assist with activities or projects on Imperial and Cibola NWRs. Specific tasks will include checking the status of water sources, running trail cameras in remote wilderness locations and processing photos to collect data relevant to managing the refuge for the benefit of desert bighorn sheep and other native wildlife. Duties will also include updating refuge species databases and assisting with monitoring, maintenance and feeding of the endangered Sonoran pronghorn within and outside of a semi-captive breeding pen. There will be many opportunities to interact with refuge staff and partner agency personnel on a wide variety of projects.

Very strong hiking and orientations skills are essential, as is being able to do field work in remote areas and in extreme summer heat. Operating a 4x4 vehicle on sometimes extremely rough and rocky roads is necessary.

The Biological Technician intern will also help with the Visitor Services Program, and with general refuge operations. He/she will greet visitors and answer phone calls at the Visitor Center and respond to questions, needs and complaints; help maintain the refuge website, Facebook page and brochures. Duties will include participating in public outreach at community events and developing and presenting programs to school classes and other groups and leading interpretive hikes. They will also with refuge volunteers and help coordinate their activities and work schedules.

Compensation amounts:
  • $1,100 - RT travel allowance
  • $250 - weekly living allowance
  • $1,200 - duty related travel
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($4,401 education award)
  • Housing

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

  • The SCA Biological Technician intern will operate out of the SW Arizona Refuge Complex/Kofa National
    Wildlife Refuge headquarters located in Yuma, Arizona. He/she will travel often to Kofa NWR and on occasion
    to Imperial NWR and Cibola NWR to perform assigned duties.
  • Training opportunities include wildlife and natural resources management methods, interpretation and first
    aid/CPR. Additional training opportunities may arise.
  • In addition to training necessary to accomplish wildlife and natural resource management activities, participate
    in community events; and enjoy outdoor activities like hiking; biking; boating; etc. is available in and near the
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Wildlife Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree major or professional experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
competent without supervision
Community Engagement
some experience
Orienteering compass skills
competent with supervision