Refuge Operations Intern

Expected Dates
February 7, 2022 to December 9, 2022
Potomac River NWR Complex
Position ID
Are you interested in working in the natural environment? You could work outdoors, learning about nature and the role the US Fish and Wildlife Service plays in conserving and protecting a few natural spots just south of the nation’s capital. Your internship would be spent working with a variety of folks performing their day-to-day duties on a National Wildlife Refuge, mostly with a biologist. You would be exposed to all the Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex has to offer. Your duties would be as follows: Support the Wildlife Biologist with several surveys (Integrated Waterbird Monitoring and Management, Resident Bat Inventory & Monitoring, Vegetation Sampling, etc.); data entry; mapping invasive species and carrying out work days: and other duties as assigned.  Having a car is a necessity.

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.
  • One-time travel allowance: $1,100 (personal vehicle required)
  • Weekly living allownce: $160 / week
  • Housing provided on site
  • Health Insurance
  • Eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of position valued at $4,336 - $6,195.

Conditions of Employment
Required to demonstrate full vaccination status for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine;
Receive from SCA a reasonable accommodation granting an exemption from vaccine requirements
based on a medical disability or because of a sincerely held religious belief. Additional information and instructions regarding how to request a reasonable accommodation will be provided at the time of selection.

  • Northern Virginia (Woodridge, VA and Lorton, VA)
  • The member will receive on-the-job training related to public recreation with a concentration on conservation-focused activities. The member will be included in team activities and will be encouraged to participate in all facets of refuge operations.
  • The member will have opportunities to learn while on the job. For example, the member will hike in the woods while exploring for good locations to set up bat detectors. The member will be encouraged to participate and experience what refuge professional
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree minor or extensive experience
Bird Identification
some experience
Data Entry
some experience
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience