Restoration Intern

Expected Dates
October 14, 2019 to October 11, 2020
Lower Rio Grande NWR
Position ID

Three National Wildlife Refuges in south Texas (Lower Rio Grande Valley, Santa Ana, and Laguna Astascosa) comprise the South Texas Refuge Complex.  Across the three refuges, nearly 200,000 acres of land is protected for natural resource conservation.  The Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge is seeking an intern to be a part of the Natural Habitat Restoration Team.  This internship will assist in restoring natural areas through native plant reintroductions and invasive species control.  This position will be involved in wildfire rehabilitation projects on Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, focusing on invasive species management through chemical and mechanical treatments, and assisting with propagation of tree and shrub seedlings, planting site preparation and post-planting site maintenance, delivering plants to planting site, collecting and processing seed, and maintaining trails to prevent erosion.  Other duties will also include assisting the Habitat Restoration Team in activities to fulfill the remaining 300 acres of planting areas, installing marking stakes to protect planted areas, and light maintenance work to repair and construct plant benches, maintain irrigation system, and keeping supply inventories. The intern will work a compressed schedule, 9-hour days Monday through Friday with alternating Fridays off.  Intern will operate government-owned vehicles during work hours, for official use only.  Intern must provide personal transportation for travel to and from housing site to Refuge headquarters and for other personal use.  Intern must have a valid driver’s license.

  • South Texas Refuge Complex(STRC) is located in the southern tip of Texas. Lower Rio Grande Valley, Laguna Atascosa, and Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuges comprise the STRC, totaling 187,000 acres. These refuges cover 4 counties in South Texas, from the Gulf of Mexico to Falcon Dam.
  • ATV/UTV operation, first aid and CPR, defensive driving, pesticide handling
  • South Texas offers bird-watching, wildlife, boating, cycling, hiking, hunting, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, and even para-sailing. Educational opportunities include other nature centers, museums, and cultural arts.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Hand Tools
competent without supervision
Plant Identification
some experience