Herpetology Intern

Expected Dates
May 31, 2021 to August 22, 2021
Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Position ID
The Wyoming toad (Anaxyrus baxteri) is a critically endangered species endemic to the Laramie Basin. A new initiative began in the summer of 2019 seeking to focus on integrative research, monitoring and active population management to answer key questions regarding toad survival and habitat use. 

Interns will help with this effort by shadowing Service biologists and researchers from the University of Wyoming throughout the summer, learning how the Service interfaces with academia to facilitate science-based wildlife conservation. 

During their internship, student tasks will include installing soft release enclosures for tadpoles and adults, daily feeding and measuring of tadpoles, release and subsequent monitoring of adult toads, helping with public education and outreach, surveys for wild amphibians, collecting biological samples from toads for chytrid fungus testing and genetic analysis, radio-tracking adult Wyoming toads, and collecting habitat suitability data. 

Compensation amounts: 
  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $900 - monthly housing allowance—3 disbursements (must identify own housing in Laramie)
  • $100 - weekly living allowance
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($1,638 education award)

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

*Please include an attached 1-2 page resume with your SCA application

*Please note this position and its anticipate start date are dependent on the full execution of an FWS/SCA agreement

  • Laramie Basin
  • Hiking, biking, hunting, canoeing, kayaking, backpacking.
  • Opportunity to shadow FWS biologists and Univ of WY researchers and conduct field research. 
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Wildlife Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Data Entry
some experience
Field Research
some experience
some experience
some experience
Working with Animals
some experience