Natural Resources GIS Intern

Expected Dates
May 20, 2019 to August 18, 2019
Audubon National Wildlife Refuge
Position ID
Are you interested in gaining experience in the field of land management?  Do you enjoy working with GIS software?  Do you have a passion for conserving natural habitats?  If you answered yes to these questions you should consider joining our seasonal staff at the Audubon National Wildlife located in Colehabor, North Dakota. 
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.”  The primary responsibility of this position will be to scan, geo-reference, and digitize wetland easement contract maps for the Audubon NWR Complex.  The Natural Resources GIS Intern will serve in the critical role of modernizing habitat conservation easements maps into GIS based digital layers. The responsibility and accomplishments of this internship will serve as a fundamental component of administering one of the most successful conservation programs in history.  In addition to gaining practical GIS experience, the intern will work alongside multiple Service staff to gain an overall understanding of easement administration and wildlife habitat management.  Secondary job components will be to assist with environmental education and outreach and complete wildlife and grassland surveys.  A willingness to work in an office setting is required.
Primary job duties include:
-scan, geo-reference, and digitize wetland easement contract maps (85%)
-greet visitors at the Audubon NWR Office and Visitor Center (15%)
Other job duties may include:
-Assist with environmental education programs
-Complete wildlife surveys
-Complete grassland inventories
-Assist with fencing and/or other maintenance on refuges lands
A typical work week will generally be Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM, 40 hours per week.  Occasional weekend work may be requested but will not be required.  Intern will receive time off for all federal holidays.
Training Opportunities:
-U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service training in Defensive Driving
-U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service training in ATV Operation.
-intern will gain an understanding of career opportunities with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
-Opportunity to job shadow and work alongside permanent USFWS staff to include land managers, Federal Wildlife Officer (intern will NOT be allowed to conduct law enforcement activities), Wildlife Biologist, and Private Lands Biologist.
-numerous on the job training experiences (i.e. GIS/GPS, how to use USAjobs, etc.)
The AmeriCorps award for this position is dependent on availability at the time of candidate selection
  • Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, Coleharbor, North Dakota
  • -GIS/GPS training.
    -Defensive Driving
    - ATV/UTV Operation.
    -Opportunity to job shadow and work alongside permanent USFWS staff.
  • Local educational resources include Audubon NWR Visitor Center, Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, ND State Parks, and numerous hunting and fishing opportunities. Additionally there are hiking, biking, canoeing, and camping opportunities close by.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Geographic Info Systems (GIS, includes GPS)
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some experience