Natural Resource Intern

Expected Dates
May 17, 2021 to October 31, 2021
Colorado Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
Position ID

SCA Internship at McConnell AFB 2021

Position Description:
The SCA intern will have the opportunity to learn from and work with McConnell Air Force Base fish and wildlife biologist to implement the base’s integrated natural resources management plan. During the course of this internship, the intern will gain experience in various sampling methodologies across taxonomic groups, gain direct experience with land management implementation and planning, and develop an understanding of the various laws that serve as the basis for much of the natural resources work on base. Prior knowledge and experience in species identification, species sampling techniques, and general field work is helpful but not required since they will be taught. Other opportunities for training and working with other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service members at other work sites to help with field work may present themselves (COVID restrictions pending).

Job Duties:
· Mammal surveys (camera and live trapping)
· Bird surveys
· Vegetation sampling
· Invasive species mapping and control
· Pollinator garden maintenance
· Aquatic work (fish sampling, stream and wetland surveys)
· Herpetofauna surveys
· Prairie/grassland restoration work
· Outreach and education opportunities
· General physical labor including but not limited to cutting down trees, cutting woody riparian vegetation, harvesting native seeds, equipment cleaning, and picking up litter.

Preferred Qualifications:
· Dependable and able to be consistently on time for work which may start before sunrise or end after sunset depending on the work (e.g., early morning bird sampling or evening mist netting)
· Background knowledge of biology, ecology, or general natural resources with an emphasis on interest in learning more about natural resources management
· Ability to maintain a positive attitude and professional behavior despite potentially arduous field conditions such as hot weather, biting insects, and noxious plants (e.g. poison ivy)
· A desire to learn more about natural resources issues and solutions in an urban setting while maintaining and enhancing land-use priorities and the compliance with federal and state laws

Compensation amounts:

  • $1.100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $160 - weekly living allowance
  • $1,000 - monthly housing allowance (6 months worth, intern must identify own housing)
  • $25 - weekly commuting allowance
  • $1,000 - duty related travel
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($2,907 education award)

*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
degree minor or extensive experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
degree minor or extensive experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience