Rare Species Wildlife Survey Interns

Expected Dates
May 23, 2022 to August 14, 2022
Huron-Manistee National Forest
Position ID
Rare Species Wildlife Survey Interns needed on the Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District in Huron-Manistee National Forest in Michigan

The Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District is seeking two motivated SCA members to assist with various rare species wildlife and vegetative surveys. The crew will work as members of a survey team to: 

  1. Inventory endangered, threatened, and sensitive wildlife species; 
  2. Assess habitat suitability for various wildlife species; 
  3. Conduct counts to estimate abundance of Karner blue butterflies, a federally listed endangered species, within designated management areas; 
  4. Conduct vegetative surveys to estimate acreage of suitable Karner blue butterfly habitat within designated management areas; 
  5. Conduct vegetative surveys to assess the effectiveness of different management treatments for restoring savannas;
  6. Identify management concerns for use in developing management plans; and
  7. Layout and implement habitat improvement projects to restore openlands and young forests.  

The data collected will be used by professional staff to develop management plans and conservation measures. The SCA interns will also assist with recreation and timber program activities, complete detailed field reports, enter data into various databases, and participate in outreach activities to educate the public about wildlife conservation issues.  

Housing is provided in an on-site bunkhouse with kitchen and bathroom facilities in an adjacent building.  Personal vehicle is recommended for personal errands, but a government vehicle will be provided for field work.

This position provides:
- $125 weekly Living Allowance*
- $1100 one-time round-trip Travel Allowance*
- Housing on-site

The AmeriCorps Education Award available upon successful completion of this position is $1,678.57. 

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

It is SCA’s policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position’s start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position’s start date will be delayed due to non-compliance. 

Conditions of Employment:

Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to be fully vaccinated. Full vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.

  • This position will be based out of Baldwin, MI and cover the Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District of the Huron-Manistee National Forest.
  • Defensive Driving Training. Training on Karner blue butterfly surveys, surveys of other wildlife species, vegetation surveys, habitat management techniques.
  • Experience surveying for and improving the habitat of endangered, threatened, and sensitive species.

    Off-duty recreational opportunities include but not limited to; hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing.

Main Area of Focus
Wildlife Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Bird Identification
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Orienteering compass skills
some experience