Cottontail Survey Intern

Expected Dates
November 14, 2022 to March 25, 2023
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Position ID
The SCA interns will assist Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologists and other cooperators to conduct surveys for the State Endangered New Endangered cottontail rabbit and the non-native eastern cottontail by walking through thick brush to look for rabbit sign, collecting fecal pellets for DNA analysis, collecting habitat data, documenting survey routes using GPS and data collection applications, and contacting landowners for permission to access their property for surveys. Results from these surveys are used to guide management actions that will aid in the recovery of the New England cottontail.  Interns must be physically able to conduct survey work in difficult terrain and weather conditions, use a GPS, map, compass, and data collection applications (with provided training).

Compensation amounts (pre-tax):
  • $250/week Living Allowance
  • $650 Travel Grant
  • $2,474 AmeriCorps Education Award

The interns in this position MUST enroll in the AmeriCorps Education Award program.

Conditions of Employment
Effective 1/18/22, all SCA interns will be required to be fully vaccinated. Full vaccination is defined in SCA’s COVID Management plan, which can be found here. 


  • Position will be based at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells, ME.
  • Identification of wildlife tracks and sign.
    Use of ArcGIS Online and the associated apps: Collector and Survey123.
  • Southern Maine has many recreational opportunities in the outdoors including ice fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, and is within a couple hour drive of down hill ski facilities. The city of Portland and others have more urban recreational opportunities.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Wildlife Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree major or professional experience
Field Research
competent with supervision
some experience
competent without supervision
Orienteering compass skills
competent without supervision