Job Overview


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This is a Pathways Internship Program position not to exceed 1 year.  This position may be terminated at any time or may be extended at management's discretion without further competition if the employee remains eligible for employment in the Pathways Intern Program.

You would serve as a Student Trainee (Biological Support) at a National Wildlife Refuge or Wetland Management District in support of programs conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Positions will be filled at:

Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, Columbia, MO - Anticipated field season is from May to August.  

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Carterville, IL - Anticipated field season is from May 2014 to May 2015.  Must be available to work year round.

Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, Brussels, IL -  Anticipated field season is from May to August.

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, Winona, MN - Estimated field season is May-August 2014.  Possible work year round. 

Applicants will identify which duty locations they wish to be considered for when completing the on-line questionnaire.

The work schedule is part time or full time, pay status to be determined upon student availability and the needs of the office.


The Pathways Internship Program is a work experience that provides an opportunity for students to pursue work that is relevant and beneficial to their academic or career goals.  The assignments may include tasks such as the following:Completes routine surveys of wildlife & plants in forest, wetland, and grassland habitats and conducts forest inventory.

  • Assisting in collecting and recording information on habitat conditions, water level readings, aquatic plant production, etc.
  • Assists in banding of waterfowl and other wildlife species.
  • Assists in the area of public use which may include answering visitor questions, patrolling an area, assisting in a visitor center, and conducting refuge tours.
  • Assists with maintenance and construction work, such as fencing, boundary posting, painting, etc.  Assists with repair of dikes, and water control structures, etc., and a variety of other related duties.
  • May be required to operate passenger vehicles, light trucks, and tractors.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No