Husbandry Assistant (LOCAL CANDIDATES ONLY)

Expected Dates
August 1, 2022 to November 20, 2022
San Marcos Aquatic Resource Center
Position ID
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is seeking a person to serve as a Conservation Intern to assist our Edwards
Aquifer Refugia Program, located at the San Marcos Aquatic Resources Center in San Marcos, Texas.
The position requires a person familiar with fish and wildlife, including threatened 
and endangered aquatic species. This position will focus on one of of the major objectives of the program, to
collect and maintain species in captivity in the course of developing and providing a fully functioning refugia for
species covered in the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan. The intern will work alongside federal
biologists and biological technicians with the husbandry of aquatic salamander, invertebrate, fish, and plant species. Duties will
include assisting with the daily feeding of captive organisms, aquarium cleaning and maintenance, water quality testing and data logging. There may be the potential to assist with the field collection of organisms in spring-fed rivers. Candidates for this position will need to be comfortable lifting up to 50lbs on unstable terrain, potentially working outside and wading in flowing water.

This position provides:
Living Allowance $600 per week
This position does NOT provide housing or travel allowance.
(local candidates only due to lack of housing)

Conditions of Employment
Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to be fully vaccinated. Full vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.

  • San Marcos is between San Antonio and Austin Texas.
  • If necessary, the intern will be trained in non-motorized boating (kayak or canoes).
  • The selected SCA intern will receive hands on experience working with a wide range of endangered aquatic species. Opportunities to gain field collection experience will be available.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree major or professional experience
Data Entry
competent without supervision
Field Research
competent with supervision
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Working with Animals
competent without supervision
competent without supervision