Community Connection Intern

Expected Dates
June 7, 2021 to June 5, 2022
Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge
Position ID
Join the visitor services team at Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and represent the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for this unique internship opportunity. Gain experience assisting with the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program in the Detroit and Monroe metro areas by facilitating partnerships; assisting in the development of interactive, community-based programming; and leading these programs through the Detroit and Monroe metro areas. Work with a variety of public audiences from a myriad of ethnic backgrounds. Build your resume and get a competitive edge as you begin a career.

Major Duties:
  • Outreach - Suggests new topics, revisions, and other changes or improvements in the refuge’s overall program; participates in development of program plans that include program content, emphasis, and methods, taking into account audience needs. Develops outreach materials such as pamphlets, exhibits, and signs. Responsible for onsite guided service, including implementation of virtual videos, on-site hikes, and backyard chats. Goal is to expose new audiences to nature in a fun, interactive manner. 
  • Environmental Education - Develops and presents on- and off-site environmental education programs for a variety of audiences. Drafts and conducts a variety of environmental education curricula and other educational products. Prepares and conducts teacher training and orientation programs.
  • Master Archery and Fishing Techniques - Teach others how to successfully shoot a bow/arrow and hook a fish, after we teach you!
  • Staff the John D. Dingell Jr. Visitor Center - Join an amazing team of volunteers as we welcome visitors from all walks of life and discover ways to individually connect everyone with nature.

Compensation: $160/week living allowance, $800/month housing allowance, $1,100 in relocation assistance, and health insurance.

This position is eligible for a $6,195 AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of service. 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.

  • The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is located along the lower Detroit River and western shoreline of Lake Erie, just 20 miles south of Detroit and 50 miles north of Toledo, Ohio. Situated in a major metropolitan area, the refuge’s location is truly unique. As the only International Wildlife Refuge in North America the refuge includes islands, coastal wetlands, marshes, shoals, and waterfront lands and is close to many communities, each with their local flair.

  • 1. Shadowing various staff members to develop a well rounded understanding of work across various refuge disciplines;
    2. Developing and delivering programs;
    3. Archery instruction;
    4. Fishing basics; and
    5. Potentially kayak instruction.
  • Located near many museums, sporting arenas and outdoor recreation hotspots.
    1 hr from Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in Ohio
    2 hrs from Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge near Saginaw, MI
    2 hrs from Point Pelee National Park in Canada
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Social Media
competent without supervision
Community Engagement
competent without supervision
Public Speaking
competent without supervision
some experience
Working with Children
competent without supervision