Wildlife Management and Education Intern

Expected Dates
July 15, 2019 to September 28, 2019
Assateague Island National Seashore
Position ID
The intern will work in concert with park staff and a dedicated volunteer corps to manage wildlife and visitor interactions at Assateague Island National Seashore.  This position provides a unique opportunity to work with one of the few remaining, free ranging herds of wild horses along the east coast.  Primary duties include: educating visitors on maintaining a safe distance from park wildlife, with an emphasis on the famous Assateague wild horses (75%), assisting with resource-based interpretive and educational programs (10%), conducting informal interpretation through roving (10%), and assisting with other natural resource management and monitoring programs (5%).  In this position, every day provides an opportunity to gain new insights on the dynamic social interactions and behaviors exhibited by wild horses. The intern will work to ensure their protection by recording horse movements and home ranges and by sharing these observations through public education.  Skills and knowledge that you will gain on the job are largely associated with human dimensions of wildlife resource management. 

We are seeking candidates who are interested in wildlife management with a focus on education, social sciences and human dimensions of wildlife.  Applicants with coursework in science education, wildlife management, natural resources management and social sciences are preferred.  Work is physically difficult and only those who are well fit will have an enjoyable experience. Daily bicycle patrols extending several miles in all types of weather including extreme heat and rain are required. A high level of physical fitness, a positive attitude, a strong desire and willingness to interact with the public on a daily basis, and a sense of humor are also required. If you enjoy seashore activities like swimming, cycling, beach combing, hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing and camping, there are abundant recreational opportunities available at the National Seashore.
  • Assateague Island National Seashore
  • Interpretive and education methods, skills and techniques, visitor center management, natural resource management and monitoring, first aid, CPR
  • Learning opportunities in natural resource management, GIS and education are available from existing staff specialists. Recreational opportunities include cycling, beach combing, hiking, fishing, camping and countless other seashore based opportunities.
  • Intern will receive professional training and development in the fields of interpretation and informal education.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Visitor Services and Site Operations
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Social Sciences
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Public Speaking
competent without supervision