Natural Resource Internship

Expected Dates
April 30, 2018 to September 28, 2018
Colorado Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
Position ID
The position will assist the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in invasive plant mapping, monitoring, and treatment using herbicides and mechanical treatments; migratory bird surveys with nest monitoring; participation in raptor trapping and relocating program; annual wetland monitoring and surveys; short-grass prairie management and restoration; and habitat modification for wildlife on military installations along the Front Range of Colorado and Wyoming.  Position will have the ability to provide assistance to other CO FWCO programs across Colorado, Wyoming, and Kansas as needed.  It will involve the collection, organization, and entry of all field data as part of an intensive control plan on identified invasive plant species and treatment mapping effort.  Also, it will involve migratory bird surveys and nest monitoring on improved and unimproved short to mid grass prairie and participation in raptor trapping and relocation.  Lastly, it will involve wetland monitoring/surveys, short-grass prairie management and restoration and habitat management for wildlife such as reseeding and physical wildlife barrier surveys/repair.  The intern will use GPS units to target invasive plant areas throughout various sites; become familiar with federally threatened plant and butterfly species and how to conduct work in sensitive species areas; and work with Service staff to organize field data.  Invasive plant mapping and trail management efforts will occur on military lands and habitat modification efforts will occur on military land with right of access through privately owned land.  Invasive plant species control will primarily be accomplished through hand pulling/mowing/chemical treatment and broadcast revegetation with native seed may occur in certain instances.  Prairie management and habitat modification will be accomplished using a tractor, ATV/UTV, 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.
  • Aurora, CO
  • CPR/First Aid Certification
    National Safety Council Defensive Driving
    Pesticide Applicator’s License
    Tractor Training
    UTV/ATV Training
    Sawyer Training
  • Intern will be introduced to natural resource management on military lands, the challenges and successes of managing/controling 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
some coursework or experience
Bird Identification
competent with supervision
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Working with Animals
competent with supervision
Plant Identification
competent with supervision