Prairie Pothole Intern

Expected Dates
May 14, 2018 to August 4, 2018
Waubay National Wildlife Refuge
Position ID
Waubay National Wildlife Refuge/Wetland Management District (Complex) is responsible for nearly 500,000 acres which is managed primarily for nesting migratory birds. This position will participate in all aspects of habitat management at Waubay Complex. Duties may include biological surveys (waterfowl, nesting eagle, threatened butterflies, native vegetation), fencing (used to manage grassland with grazing), hand invasive species control (to improve composition of native species), collection of native forb seeds to use in re-seeding efforts, biological control collection (to decrease leafy spurge), visitor facilities upkeep and environmental education (both at events and daily with high school Youth Conservation Corp). Spend 12 weeks with us and you will have a better understanding of what goes into providing wildlife habitat on the prairie.

Nearly all of the work completed will be done outside. Nearly everyday will bring a lunch that is a ‘picnic on the prairie’!

Some work will be completed independently, other times will be spent assisting permanent staff, or working in small groups to complete a task.

Offer of AmeriCorps Education Award is subject to availability.

You can learn more about Waubay at:

View of prairie potholes from the air. Photo by L. Hubers/USFWS      colorful native prairie scene with grasses and wildflowers. Photo by L. Hubers/USFWS   Male ruddy duck swimming in a pond. Photo by John Jave/USFWS   monarch 150x120
   Entrance road into Waubay NWR in summer. Photo by L. Hubers/USFWS
  • Waubay National Wildlife Refuge and Wetland Management District is the six northeastern counties of South Dakota. Prairies and glacial lakes dominate the landscape.
  • Formal training will include: Vegetation transect, defensive driving, and perhaps all terrain vehicle depending on available training dates. Situation training will occur in native seed collection, beneficial biological control, and fence building.
  • Learn common prairie flora and fauna and how the US Fish & Wildlife Service works to improve the area on a landscape scale. Member could tour an area fish hatchery/refuge with the Youth Conservation Corp. There are 4 state parks in a 30 minute drive.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Bird Identification
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience