Wildlife Refuge Technician Intern

Expected Dates
April 2, 2018 to November 4, 2018
Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge
Position ID
Join the staff at Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in northwestern Minnesota and represent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for this unique internship opportunity!  Gain experience assisting with a variety of refuge maintenance duties, wildlife and habitat surveys, environmental education programs, and habitat management activities. This position offers a tremendous diversity of duties. Build your resume and gain a competitive edge as you begin your career!

Major Duties:
-Assist maintenance staff with routine maintenance activities.
-Grounds maintenance (e.g., mowing lawn)
-Apply herbicides to control exotic plants.
-Inventory invasive plant species occurrence.
-Participate in multiple types of vegetation surveys in both wetland and prairie ecosystems, in order to monitor plant community response to management.
-Perform physically demanding habitat related manual labor (e.g., beaver dam dismantlement, wading in wetlands)
-Collect, process, and analyze data using computers and GPS units, and associated software programs (e.g., Word, Excel, Powerpoint, ArcGIS)
-Assist with public use events (both on and off refuge), such as school group visits, nature walks, and environmental education programs.
-Participate in various wildlife surveys.
-Assist with fall duck banding programs.
-Serve as part of refuge prescribed burn crew (if proper training and physical requirements are met).
-Assist with water level management of refuge impoundments.

The AmeriCorps education award for this position is dependent on availability at the time of selection.
  • Agassiz NWR manages 62,000 acres of refuge and adjacent Waterfowl Production Area located in the northwest corner of MN. It lies in the aspen parkland transition zone between the coniferous forest to the north and east and the tallgrass prairie and prairie pothole provinces to the west and south. Its location affords the Refuge an amazing diversity of wildlife use, including 300 bird species, wolves, bear, moose, and various other wildlife.
  • Training will be provided for pesticide application certification (required) and prescribed fire (if interested). Other possible training opportunities include plant ID and ATV trainings.
  • Hiking, bicycling, wildlife viewing, fishing, and hunting opportunities available nearby or on the Refuge. Agassiz NWR is located in a beautiful, but very rural setting.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Bird Identification
some experience
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience