Natural Resource Intern

Expected Dates
July 1, 2019 to December 15, 2019
Colorado Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
Position ID
This position will assist the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with natural resources management projects on McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas.

Projects include: bird surveys, prairie restoration, invasive plant species management, and green infrastructure (native landscaping beds, prairie plots, riparian buffers, bioswales) maintenance.

Specific duties include: identifying birds, data entry, seed collection, seed scattering, digging, planting native plants, pulling weeds, deploying and checking game cameras.

Other short-term projects intern may assist with include: fisheries surveys and invasive plant management in Colorado and Wyoming (on partner Air Force bases).

Skills the intern will become familiar with: GPS use, game camera set up, native plant identification, UTV operation, green infrastructure management in an urban area. Intern should have some knowledge of Kansas birds and tallgrass prairie plants. Habitat modification and restoration will be accomplished using hand tools and light power tools. 

Duties may also include light equipment maintenance, trail/material clean-up, and other tasks. 

Work will be primarily be outside, with a minor amount of office related duties.

Compensation amounts:
  • $1,500 - duty related travel allowance 
  • $160 - weekly living allowance
  • $876 - monthly housing allowance (must identify own housing)
  • $25 - weekly commuting allowance
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($2,907 education award and health insurance)

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

  • Wichita, KS
  • National Safety Council Defensive Driving
    UTV/ATV Training
  • Intern will be introduced to natural resource management on military lands; the challenges and successes of managing/controlling avian, wildlife, and invasive plant species; and become familiar with managing resources in an urban interface.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
graduate candidate or degree
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
degree minor or extensive experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Bird Identification
some experience
competent with supervision
Hand Tools
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
some experience