FWS STX Remote Sensing Team Hiring Pool

Expected Dates
August 30, 2021 to January 30, 2022
Lower Rio Grande NWR
Position ID

LRGNWR Remote Sensing Team 

Team Dates: 8/30/2021- 1/30/2022

Pay Information:

Members: $10hr x 40hrs per week + $2,360.00 Americorps Award at the end of service (Contigent upon Americorps Eligibility ) 


Project Description: 

The South Texas Refuge Complex Corps Team, made up of one Project Leader and four Crew Members (ages 18+), will work on US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) lands in the southernmost areas of Texas for 22 weeks.


The South Texas Refuge Complex Corps Team will focus primarily on mapping invasive species across almost 9,554 acres in Hidalgo, Starr and Cameron Counties. This is a research project with two higher education partners and it is important work that will reduce the risk of wildfire and improve habitat for migratory birds on USFWS lands. This team is for those who love a physical challenge! This team can expect to work regularly in an extremely hot and humid environment on tough projects. 


This team will work with USFWS staff to: 

USFWS staff will train this team on species identification techniques, GPS use, GIS data entry,  and environmental safety awareness. The crew will also have opportunities to be trained in other aspects of the Restoration Program and the Refuge’s Biology Program.


Schedule:This team will work a 4-day work week for 40 hours per week.Please note the schedule is expected to change depending on partner needs, inclement weather days and COVID-19 protocols.


Housing:This team will be stationed and housed at the Lower Rio Grande Valley NWR.  

All food for meals will be provided. 


Work Breakdown (Work is %100 outside) 

  • 70 % Physical Mapping and Data Collection
  • 10 % Team Building
  • 10%  Invasive plant species management
  • 10%  Habitat Restoration 


Site Description:

The South Texas Refuge Complex (STRC) protects 67,088 acres in extreme southern Texas, comprised of:

  • Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge (LRGV NWR)
    • The LRGVNWR aims to connect fragmented habitats to achieve corridors for wildlife movement, seeking to conserve biodiversity through land acquisition, habitat restoration, and conservation education.
  • Santa Ana NWR
    • Santa Ana NWR, located along the Rio Grande, was established for the protection of migratory birds. It is also included as an Urban Refuge through the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program, seeks to engage the local community in conservation, both at the local refuges as well as in the local community.


Training/Education Opportunities:

  • Plant ID
  • GIS/ GPS 
  • Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
  • Leadership



  • Must be available for the FULL program.
  • Applicants must be 18+ 
  • Must be comfortable working in the elements and walking 3 or more miles per day 
  •  Outdoor skills; experience working with diverse groups; ability to maintain a safe, productive and enjoyable work environment.


    Main Area of Focus
    Natural Resources Mgmt
    Education, Training & Skills Expected
    some coursework or experience
    some coursework or experience
    Ecology & Restoration
    some coursework or experience
    Resource Management
    some coursework or experience
    Data Entry
    some experience
    some experience
    Hand Tools
    competent with supervision
    Leadership Experience
    some experience