Natural Resource Internship

Expected Dates
May 17, 2021 to October 31, 2021
Colorado Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
Position ID
This position will assist the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service on military installations to support military operations along the Front Range of Colorado; support Buckley Air Force Base and Pueblo Chemical Depot biologists; and provide assistance to other CO FWCO programs as needed.

Assist Buckley Air Force Base biologist in invasive plant mapping, monitoring, and mechanical and chemical treatments; participating in raptor trapping and relocation program; carrying out shortgrass prairie restoration; and habitat modification and restoration. 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 USFWS staff to organize field data and develop reports. Invasive plant species control will primarily be accomplished through hand pulling/mowing/chemical treatment and re-vegetation with native seed. Habitat modification/restoration and invasive species chemical treatments will be accomplished with agricultural tractors, skid steer, chainsaws, using hand tools, and power tools.

This position will also assist the Pueblo Chemical Depot biologist with fieldwork for the black-tailed prairie dog translocation project. This research will be on black-tailed prairie dogs in southeastern Colorado, with the purpose of reestablishing black-tailed prairie dogs on Pueblo Chemical Depot to support the recovery of the black-footed ferret. Other natural resources surveys and management (e.g. bird and mammal surveys, vegetation surveys, wildlife cameras, wildlife response calls, etc.) will be required of the technician. Moving and setting traps for prairie dogs on various project sites; live trapping of prairie dogs including marking, handling and releasing; visual counts of prairie dogs; vegetation identification/sampling; GPS surveys; biological samples; wildlife cameras; data management; volunteer coordination; safety; complies with health and safety program; and other duties as assigned.

  • Demonstrate a passion for wildlife conservation and a love of working outdoors
  • Some experience with biological field work (i.e. wildlife surveys)
  • An eye for detail, as accurate and precise data collection and entry is essential
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, experience working with other field staff
  • A high level of physical fitness
  • Clean driving record

Physical demands: 

  • Hiking in remote locations under various weather conditions; prolonged exposure to the elements, including very hot and temperatures and wind; field conditions, working long, irregular and early hours; requires animal handling (live trapping prairie dogs and raptors); and carrying heavy equipment over long distances.

Compensation amounts:

  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $1,000 - monthly housing allowance (6 months worth, intern must identify own housing)
  • $160 - weekly living allowance
  • $25- weekly commuting allowance
  • $3,000 - duty related travel (must be requested - please contact intern advisor if selected)
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($3,047 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/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
degree minor or extensive experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience