Job Overview


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This is a Pathways Career Internship Program position.  Applications will be accepted from all US citizens eligible for the Pathways Intern Program.  Positions are available at the following field offices: Chicago Ecological Services Field Office, Barrington, IL; Green Bay Ecological Services Field Office, Madison, WI; and two positions to be located at either the Region 3 Regional Office or Twin Cities Ecological Services Field Office, both of which are located in Bloomington, MN.  This is a student career intern working in a biological field.  The intern will perform a variety of duties that provide meaningful training and development opportunities leading to a career in professional biology.

The Barrington, IL office location will be moving to downtown Chicago, IL in the near future.

These positions will work full time and part time.  Pay status to be determined upon student availability and the needs of the office.  

This position requires the selectee to work a part time work schedule during the school year and full time during the field season.

Applicants must be mobile to all duty locations in Region 3 after graduation, if offered a permanent position upon graduation from college. 


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:

  • Helps gather, organize and interpret biological, ecological, contaminant, pathological, public use, or other pertinent information to inform management decisions.  Assist with implementation of management plans, studies, and investigations required for resource protection, public information, and other aspects of natural resource management.
  • Assists biologists of higher grade in studying and preparing reports on proposals of planning agencies, to recognize probable effects on ecological resources.
  • Collects basic data from field investigations of land and water development projects.  Reports observations in field notes for use of higher grade-level employees.
  • Prepares correspondence pertaining to technical aspects of the work which are reviewed by a higher graded employee.
  • Searches published technical sources for information on designated topics and prepares for reference of others in the unit.
  • Provides assistance in carrying out programs to ensure good relations with local, state and federal agencies and communities and to inform and educate the general public about the goals of the program and field office.
  • Responds to written, phone and in person inquiries from the public and the news media, obtaining and providing requested information within established guidelines of the office and in conformance with agency Departmental policy.
  • Assists with the review of policy, regulations and legislation pertaining to fish and wildlife resources.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No