Fish and Wildlife Service Intern (Candidates from Dallas/Fort Worth area highly preferred)

Expected Dates
September 5, 2021 to September 3, 2022
Site
Arlington Ecological Services Field Office
Position ID
PO-00732064
Student Conservation Association Intern Position Announcement
    The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Ecological Services (ES) is seeking a 12-month Student Conservation Association (SCA) intern for our Arlington, Texas field office beginning the week of September 5, 2021. This will be the fifth year that our office offers the opportunity to an intern to work with FWS staff to strengthen our support of the initiative to promote strategies that build sustainable engagement of urban communities with nature, environmental conservation, and provide structured and recurring educational and interpretive programs for the public, schools, and youth groups (50%).  Given the current situation with the Covid-19 pandemic, we will ensure that precautions are taken to preserve the safety of the SCA intern.  Given this, the intern will focus on activities, which may be conducted remotely to help us expand our online and social media visibility to strengthen our presence and partnerships within our local community. Some social distancing outdoor events are expected to continue, including an established birding group for the general public, especially middle and high school students. Recurring annual activities may include Monarch butterfly festivals, Earth Day celebrations, school career days, and other various in-person or remote outreach events. Due to the pandemic, local applicants with the flexibility to telework or be in the office is preferred.   
The intern should have a biology background, as well as some experience in producing engaging online content.  The FWS has a large resource of educational and hands-on items for display and engagement. The intern will also have the opportunity to work with the Fish and Wildlife Service staff on a number of  projects in the office and in the field, related to fish and wildlife conservation, environmental contaminants, endangered species data review and collection, private lands cooperation, water quality and habitat restoration, staff field trips, meetings, GIS development, and other opportunities as they arise (50%).   These activities would likewise largely be conducted online collaborating with office staff until pandemic conditions change.  We also encourage our interns to take advantage of the many training opportunities provided through the Fish and Wildlife Service.
     Our FWS office sits in Arlington, Texas midway between Dallas and Fort Worth. Both areas continue to experience high growth, with many requests for the Fish and Wildlife Service staff to engage in outdoor, recreation, and conservation events.  The Arlington ES office typically participates in 20 or more outreach activities a year. We are in a large urban community, and it is difficult to meet the requests for the FWS to engage with the public on native habitats enhancement and restoration projects for federal trust species such as migratory birds, threatened, endangered and declining species, private landowners and non-federal community partnerships, and other outdoor activities. Therefore, we are seeking a motivated, self-starter to continue to develop and deliver educational and conservation programs for our local urban communities. Public speaking experience is desired, but not required if the intern possesses strong communication skills. The Arlington ES office does not provide housing, but plenty of options are available for students between the University of Texas Arlington, Texas A&M Commerce, and other universities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  FWS will provide a housing stipend and attempt to recruit from the local communities. Apply at https://www.thesca.org/serve/position/fish-and-wildlife-service-urban-initiatives-intern/

Living allowance: $160 per week
Travel allowance:$1,100 one time
Housing allowance: $850 per month
 
  • Independent housing in Arlington Texas
  • - First Aid & Safety
    - Introduction to Environmental Conservation
    - Driver’s Education
    - Internet Security
    - Other options available
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
degree minor or extensive experience
Communications
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Bird Identification
competent with supervision
Customer Service
competent without supervision
Data Entry
some experience
Social Media
competent with supervision
Working with Children
competent with supervision