Environmental Stewardship Interns (Allegheny Survey Crew)

Expected Dates
August 16, 2021 to November 26, 2021
USACE (Army Corps of Engineers) - Pittsburgh District
Position ID
Interns will be a part of a team conducting herpetofauna inventories. Inventories will consist of species presence/absence surveys and habitat assessments. In turn, proactive conservation measures that will reduce or eliminate threats to these species may be established, and may minimize the likelihood of a need for listing of these species under the Endangered Species Act.

The Allegheny Area Survey Crew will be responsible for herpetofauna surveys at the following USACE Lakes: 
  • Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir
  • Tionesta Lake
  • East Branch Clarion River Lake

Task 1
Navigating to designated field sites, conducting surveys according to specific field protocols, and collecting wildlife and habitat data. Interns will be required to install and maintain daily cover boards, drift fences, pit falls, and funnel traps. All captured vertebrates will be photo documented, with survey data entered into a geospatial information system.

Task 2
Tracking of invasive species within project area. Mapping and images supporting the observation of invasive species occurrence within project areas will be conducted.  Information will be uploaded into EDDMapS.

The position provides:
- $200/week Living Allowance
- Round-trip to/from Travel Reimbursement (capped at $650)
- $20/week Commuting Allowance
- $850/month Housing Allowance
- Eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award

  • Known as the Headwaters District, the Pittsburgh District is comprised of the Ohio River drainage basin above New Martinsville, West Virginia. The District covers an area of approximately 67,000 square kilometers (26,000 square miles), including portions of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, New York and Maryland. Major river systems within the Pittsburgh District include the upper Ohio, the Allegheny, the Monongahela and the Beaver. The District manages 16 flood control and multipurpose reservoirs with a combined capacity of over 3.8 billion cubic meters (3 million acre feet) and 23 navigation locks and dams on 530 kilometers (330 miles) of navigable waterways. In addition, the District operates Lake Milton for the state of Ohio. Pittsburgh District Water Management provides accurate and timely information on conditions at Corps of Engineers reservoirs, as well as levels along rivers and streams within the Pittsburgh District.
  • The District Wildlife Biologist will provide job training and daily monitoring during work performance.
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Data Analysis
some experience