Wildlife Internships

Wildlife Professionals in the fieldThe Wildlife Society has compiled a comprehensive list of wildlife-related internships with the federal, state and government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

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Featured Internships
The Wildlife Society Policy Internships
The Wildlife Society has openings for two Wildlife Policy Interns who have interest in wildlife resource and policy issues. Two 6-month internships are available every year from January-June or July-December at the TWS Headquarters in Bethesda, MD. Read more


Paid Environmental Internships - Real World Experience and Career Path

Campus to Careers (C2C) a program of The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) continues its internship program to offer dynamic and meaningful opportunities for recent college graduates and final-year college students to engage in paid, environmentally-oriented internships with Federal agencies and private industry. Read more

Student Conservation Association
SCA offers internship programs for thousands of conservation students each summer, including housing and relocation expenses. Read more



Don Edwards S.F. Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Federal Government Internships
Location: San Francisco

Date: Not specified

Paid: Not specified

Application Deadline: Not specified

Eligibility: Not specified

Description: The San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex maintains a year-round intern program, offering qualified individuals the opportunity to gain experience in the fields of wildlife biology, environmental education or visitor services. For periods of time varying from 12 weeks to a year, interns reside at Don Edwards SFB NWR while supporting one or more of the National Wildlife Refuges within the Complex.

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Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge
Federal Government Internships

Location: Mississippi

Date: Spring and possibly, summer

Paid: Yes; $100 per week stipend

Application Deadline: Not specified

Eligibility:

# Some experience or skill with woodworking equipment or hand tools would be helpful.
# Familiarity with and ability to operate small boats is desirable.
# Skill in identifying waterfowl, shorebirds, waders, and songbirds is desirable

Description: As a Yazoo Refuge intern you would be working with wood duck box maintenance and production checks, passerine nest boxes, moist soil management, waterfowl surveys, and other wildlife-related work projects.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Alaska Region
State Government Internships

Location: Alaska

Description: Different internship programs available on their website.

 

 
South Dakota State Parks
State Government Internships

Location: South Dakota

Description: Lists some internships that are offered throught the United States having to do with GIS. See website for links and more information.

 
Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge
Federal Government Internships
Location: Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, Sussex, NJ Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge, Gardner, NY

Date: Summer

Paid: Yes (a stipend of $177 per week)

Application Deadline: February 1 (or until filled)

Eligibility: Applicant must be at least eighteen years of age, have the ability to work with minimal supervision, possess a valid driver’s license, and have good physical ability. Preference will be given to individuals pursuing a degree specializing in environmental conservation, wildlife/habitat management or environmental education.

Description: The refuge seeks to fill several intern positions for the upcoming field season, which typically runs from May through August. These positions would be directly involved in the research and field work related to the following areas:

Indiana Bat
Bog Turtle
General Habitat Management
Outreach Programs

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USDA Forest Service
Federal Government Internships
Location: Washington, DC

Date: Variable

Paid: See link for details

Application Deadline: See link for details

Eligibility: See link for details

Description: The Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) is the primary source for external recruitment for entry-level hires in the Forest Service. SCEP provides work experience that is directly related to the student's academic program or career goals. SCEP students may be non-competitively converted to career, term, or career-conditional appointments. SCEP gives students exposure to public service while enhancing their educational goals. A student does not need to be enrolled in the national Multicultural Initiatives to participate in SCEP, but many students enrolled in the Initiatives eventually enter the SCEP. For more information, contact your local Forest Service Human Resources office.

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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreaction Area
State Government Internships

Location: California

Date: 6 months

Eligibility: See website

Description: The National Park Service is looking for a highly motivated individual willing to commit to a six month internship tracking carnivores throughout the Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California. See website for more information.

 
U.S. Geological Survey
Federal Government Internships
Location: Various

Date: Variable

Paid: N/A

Application Deadline: Variable

Eligibility: Variable

Description: Links to job and internship work opportunities within the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Panama City Laboratory National Marine Fisheris Service
State Government Internships

Location: Florida

Date: Year round, around 4 months long

Paid: No

Application Deadline: July 4, 2009

Eligibility: Upper-level undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate-level students

Description: Throughout the year, a limited number of unpaid internships are available with the Shark Population Assessment Group. See website for more information.

 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Federal Government Internships
Location: Various

Date: Variable

Paid: Yes

Application Deadline: N/A

Eligibility: Variable

Description: The Service employs many students in various career and educational fields. The Student employment program is a way to attract talented students to work with the Service and it's an opportunity for students to continue their education and apply their academic studies to on-the-job experience.
The Service has two Major Student Programs; student temporary employment and student career experience program, which are available to all levels of students.

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Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge
Federal Government Internships

Location: Tyler, Texas

Date:  There are four internships offered during the year:

    * Winter Term: November 14th - February 13th (Application Deadline September 1st each year)
    * Spring Term: February 13th - May 15th (Application Deadline December 1st each year)
    * Summer Term: May 15th - August 14th (Application Deadline March 1st each year)
    * Fall Term: August 14th - November 14th (Application Deadline June 1st each year)
    * You should hear about the status of your application within 1-2 weeks after the deadline.

Paid: No

Application Deadline: Refer to the specific term

Eligibility: You must have 2 years of college study in a related field (biology, zoology, wildlife management, ecology, etc.) or at least 1 year of job experience in a related field (vet clinic, zoo, etc) or 3-years of verifiable job experience in an unrelated field. You must maintain or have maintained at least an overall average of 3.0.
    * Some animal care experience preferred
    * You must be capable of lifting up to 60 lbs and in good health
    * You must be drug free
    * We are looking for individuals who are hardworking, dedicated and self motivated

Description:
 * The interns will be working full-time Mondays through Saturdays, with light duties on Sundays
    * All interns will undergo training on safety procedures, crisis management, and the rules of the road involving Class 1 Animal Care
    * Animal Care: Interns will be involved in the daily care of the animals upon completing training including food preparation, cleaning, light maintenance of the caging, grounds, compounds, etc.
    * All interns will be involved in Public Education involving daily public tours and educational programs
    * Each intern will be responsible for completing an individual project, to be explained further upon arrival

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