Natural Resources GIS Intern

Expected Dates
January 14, 2019 to May 5, 2019
Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge
Position ID
Do you have a passion for conserving natural resources? Are you interested in gaining experience in utilizing Geographic Information System (GIS) to conserve wildlife habitat? Are you self motivated and what to be part of a passionate team working to conserve wildlife habitat on a landscape level? If you answered yes to these questions you should consider joining our team at the Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex, headquartered in Pingree, ND.

As part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service our mission is, “working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.” As an intern you will serve in a critical role of modernizing habitat conservation easements maps into a GIS based digital maps. The responsibility and accomplishments of this internship will serve as a fundamental component of administering one of the most successful conservation programs in history.   The primary responsibility of this position will be to scan, geo-reference and digitizes wetland easement contract maps for the Arrowwood NWR Complex. The interns must be motivated and disciplined to spend considerable hours digitizing daily. In addition to gaining practical GIS experience the intern will work with multiple Service staff to gain an overall understanding of habitat conservation easement administration and wildlife habitat management. 

The AmeriCorps award for this position is dependent on availability at the time of candidate selection
  • The Arrowwood NWR Complex includes Arrowwood NWR, Arrowwood Wetland Management District (WMD), Valley City WMD and Chase Lake WMD. In total the Complex manages two Refuges and 251 Waterfowl Production Areas in an eight county area. The Complex manages over 2,250 easement contracts protecting over 170,000 acres of wetland and grassland habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife. The intern will be primarily working out of the Arrowwood NWR and WMD headquarters but will also work at the Valley City and Chase Lake offices.

    The Arrowwood Headquarters was constructed 2011-2012 and is comprised of a state of the art office and visitor center, maintenance shop, vehicle storage and bunkhouse. The facility is heated and cooled with solar and geothermal technology. The headquarters overlooks Arrowwood Lake which provides a gorgeous view of the James River Valley. The office/visitor center is landscaped with native grasses and flowers which provides a wonderful gateway for the visiting public to explore the refuge. Arrowwood NWR is 15,973 acres in size and is comprised primarily of grassland and wetland, with forested riparian draws. The refuge is actively managed with rotational livestock grazing systems and prescribed fire. The refuge provides nesting and migratory habitat for a host of waterfowl and other grassland nesting birds.

  • The intern will gain understanding and practical knowledge of administering a landscape level conservation program.
  • The region and state abound with outdoor recreation opportunities that include hunting, fishing, hiking, snow shoeing and photography. Good dining and shopping opportunity is within 30 miles with city amenities within 90 miles.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Geographic Info Systems (GIS, includes GPS)
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Computer Science
competent with supervision
Customer Service
some experience
Data Entry
competent with supervision
competent with supervision
competent with supervision