Fresh Water Mussel and Barton Springs Salamander Intern

Expected Dates
February 6, 2023 to August 6, 2023
San Marcos Aquatic Resource Center
Position ID
This position will be expected to aid in the center’s mussel propagation and Barton Springs salamander care efforts primarily dealing with care and maintenance of adult and juvenile freshwater mussels held on station. You will be working with a team of biologists and expected to aid other programs and train others to aid with the mussel and salamander programs when needed. Work is performed in accordance with established procedures or special instructions, most often on personal initiative and observation. Must follow established safety rules and required practices for a safe work environment. 

Major duties:
  • collection of water quality from ponds and culture systems and adjusting flows or clean systems as needed
  • measure food levels in ponds and systems and alter feeding levels accordingly
  • feeding, cleaning, and maintenance of  systems holding host fish
  • constructing, cleaning, and maintaining systems for captive propagation and research of freshwater mussels
  • host fish infection, filter examination for juvenile mussels, counting and measuring juvenile mussels using microscope cameras and software, and rearing of juveniles in a variety of systems
  • ordering and maintaining live food sources.
  • Barton Springs salamander care.
  • removal, isolation and treatment of injured or diseased animals
  • collecting and maintaining data and supplying information for monthly and annual reporting
  • field collection and restoration activities
  • freshwater mussel propagation and conservation internship at US Fish & Wildlife Service creating and submitting purchase requests

Living Allowance: $225.00 per week
Travel Allowance: $1,100.00 one-time
Commuter Allowance: $25 per week
Housing Allowance: $675.00 per month

The AmeriCorps Education Award available upon successful completion of this position is $3,172.50.

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

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. 

Conditions of Employment
Required to demonstrate full vaccination status for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine.


  • San Marcos Aquatic Resources Center. Captive refuge for endangered species in ponds, outdoor raceways, and temperature controlled systems in open buildings (not air-conditioned)
  • USFWS snorkel certification
    USFWS non-motorized boat certification
    Defensive Driving
    EEO/Diversity training
    FISSA training
    Water Quality meters
    Multisizer 4e particle counter
    Microscope with polarized light filters, camera and measuring
Main Area of Focus
Wildlife Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree major or professional experience