Internship Opportunity: Biological Intern

Internship Opportunity: Biological Intern

The US Fish & Wildlife Service seeks to fill the Biological Intern position at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, MA. The primary duties of this position are leading the piping plover recovery program and helping to coordinate a community-based pepperweed eradication project at the refuge. Other duties include assisting in the planning and implementation of wildlife studies, maintaining survey and management records in GIS, analyzing data using standard statistical methods, developing project reports, conducting vegetative surveys, bird surveys, and bird banding and tagging. Intern will work alongside the Wildlife Biologist as part of a larger biological team.

Since the majority of this work is field based, the intern must be able to lift more than 50 lbs and walk long distances over uneven terrain.

This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in the USFWS or natural resources management.

Start Date:  April 2, 2018 (may be flexible for the right candidate)
End Date:  December 2, 2018
*An 8 month minimum commitment is required for this position.  Opportunity for extension

Location: This position will be based out of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, a 4,700-acre barrier island located on Plum Island, Massachusetts. The City of Newburyport is a historical New England town with many activities and shops. We are located 40 minutes from Boston and 20 minutes from Portsmouth, NH. The Complex also manages Great Bay Refuge in Newington, NH, Thacher Island Refuge in Rockport, MA, and Wapack Refuge in Petersborough, NH.

Project Website: To learn more about Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, please visit:

Compensation: The intern will contribute 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $400/week with housing or $500/week without housing.

NOTE: Eligibility for the PLC (Public Land Corps) certificate, a non-competitive hiring status good for 2 years, may be available to Fellow upon completion of term.  Candidates between the ages of 18 and 30 may be eligible.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a degree (or be pursuing a degree) in biology, environmental science, or natural resource management or other related disciplines appropriate to the position.  A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable.

Desired Skills:
1. Knowledge of wildlife biology, wildlife management, field surveys, habitat management techniques, taxonomic knowledge of coastal Massachusetts flora and fauna, and the ability to identify coastal plants.

2. Ability to identify shorebirds and experience monitoring nesting bird productivity, especially beach nesting birds.

3. Knowledge and experience with invasive plant control techniques and implementation

4. Ability to work effectively independently, as part of a team, and with the general public.

5. Skills in verbal and written communications, such as giving talks to groups. Skill in compiling and managing data reports, and in presenting such data.

6. Knowledge of geographic information systems (ArcGIS) and mapping grade global positioning systems to collect, analyze, and track biological data. Experience with high precision GPS a plus.

7. Valid and clean driving record. Willingness to use herbicides for invasive plant control, and ability to obtain pesticide applicator’s license in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

To apply, please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter, along with 3 references to Nancy Pau at by February 15, 2018. Only email applications accepted.

2018-01-12T15:18:37+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Employment, Highlights, Intern, News|