Natural Resource Intern

Expected Dates
August 1, 2022 to January 1, 2023
Lower Mississippi River Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office
Position ID
The Lower Mississippi River Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (LMRFWCO) is located in Tupelo, MS. The office is co-located with the Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery. The LMRFWCO seeks an intern for fisheries related work.

The intern will assist the LMRFWCO field lead in activities including efforts for management and control of invasive carps in the Tennessee River, Lower Mississippi River, and the Arkansas/Red/White Rivers Subbasins. The biologist will work closely with state partners and other USFWS offices to assist with implementation of studies for management, control and evaluation of such efforts. Other activities include monitoring and evaluation of rare and common species, particularly as related to restoration projects or stocking efforts. Biologist will work with field lead to employ a variety of fisheries sampling techniques and gears. Biologist will be responsible for gear maintenance and preparing for field activities. Other duties include: data entry and assimilation, assistance with report writing, equipment maintenance, and assistance with other natural resource conservation activities in the region.

  1. Field Investigations

Percentage of Time: 60%
Work with supervisor and/or senior biologist(s) in performing multiple actions:
Assists with biological field investigations, primarily related to invasive carp. Investigations include, but are not limited to, gear effectiveness testing, early detection, deterrent effectiveness research. Other field investigations may include large river and/or stream sampling for native species, including rare or at-risk species. Duties may include barrier assessments to aid in identifying habitat restoration opportunities. assisting with hatchery brood stock collections, assessments of hatchery production activities, and assisting with state agency priority sampling. Intern should be prepared to be away from duty station up to two weeks at a time, although most field sampling will be conducted during a typical 5-day work week. Intern should be in good physical condition, with the ability to lift objects, pull nets, and withstand potentially harsh environmental conditions. Duties also include preparation of gear prior to and disinfection of gear upon conclusion of field activities.

  1. Laboratory/Office/Station Duties

Percentage of Time: 30%
Laboratory work may include processing of samples from field work and working with various laboratory equipment. Office responsibilities include administrative duties, data entry and management, basic reporting. Station duties may include grounds and equipment maintenance, and assistance with activities associated with the office complex.

  1. Miscellaneous

Percentage of Time: 10%
Responds to written, telephone, and in-person inquiries. Assists LMRFWCO staff with duties, as assigned.

Living Allowance: $250.00 per week
Relocation Travel: $1,100.00 one-time

This position qualifies for an AmeriCorps Education Award.

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

It is SCA’s policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position’s start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position’s start date will be delayed due to non-compliance.

Conditions of Employment
Required to demonstrate full vaccination status for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine.


  • Tupelo is located in northeast Mississippi, in the Mississippi Hills, at the intersection of the Appalachians and the Mississippi Delta. Tupelo and the surrounding communities in northeast Mississippi are a few short hours from larger metropolitan areas such as Memphis (1.5 hours), Birmingham (2 hours), Nashville (3.5 hours), Huntsville (2.5 hours), and Chattanooga (4 hours).
  • Boat operation and various types of field sampling gear – electroshocking, variety of nets, seines. Basics of data entry and analysis. Barrier inventory assessments.
  • There are numerous literary and musical icons that heralded from northeast Mississippi. Downtown Tupelo has numerous arts and cultural opportunities and has an active Main Street Association. Active lifestyle includes: hiking, biking, fishing, hunting.
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Main Area of Focus
Wildlife Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
Data Entry
some experience
Field Research
some experience
Social Media
some experience