Natural Resource Internship

Expected Dates
April 20, 2020 to October 3, 2020
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 mechanical and chemical treatments; recreational trail management; water quality actions; conducting raptor surveys, fish stocking/creel surveys; carrying out shortgrass prairie restoration; participating in raptor trapping and relocating program; habitat modification and restoration on military installations to support military operations along the Front Range of Colorado and Wyoming; supporting the F. E. Warren AFB Fish and Wildlife Biologist; and providing assistance to other Colorado Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office programs across Colorado, Wyoming, and Kansas as needed. 

Duties 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, the position will involve recreational trail management of existing trails to address overgrown vegetation and invaded areas.  In addition, tasks will involve water quality monitoring of lakes, streams, and creeks on military lands. 

Equally, fish stocking/creel surveys will take place in designated military recreational areas and at times native areas. 

Lastly, the work will involve wildlife management of species such as Canada geese, pronghorn, and beaver; and at times require the removal of nuisance species.  Other projects intern may assist with include: black-footed ferret reintroduction program and an installation hunting program. 

The intern will use GPS units to target invasive plant areas throughout various sites; become familiar with federally threatened plant and mammal 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. 

Trail management, 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, and prefer the applicant be familiar with boats/boating. 

Compensation amounts:
  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $1,000 - monthly housing allowance (6 months worth and must identify own housing)
  • $160 - weekly living allowance
  • $25- weekly commuting allowance
  • $1,500 - duty related travel (must be requested - please contact intern advisor if selected)
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($2,960 education award and health insurance if elected)

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

  • CPR/First Aid Certification
    National Safety Council Defensive Driving
    Pesticide Applicator’s License
    UTV/ATV Training
    Sawyer Training
  • Intern will be introduced to natural resource management on military lands, the challenges and successes of managing/controlling 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
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Data Entry
some experience
Field Research
competent with supervision
some experience
competent with supervision
Trail Maintenance
some experience