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 (Wildlife Biological Support) at the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, Columbia, MO in support of programs conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Anticipated field season is May 2016  to August 2016.   

This position requires the selectee to work a full-time work schedule during the summer time.  Based on funding availability, the student may have the option of working part-time during the school year. 

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 and censuses of a variety of wildlife and/or waterfowl species.  
  • Assists 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.
  • Assists with wildlife habitat restoration projects to include: wetlands, prairie, brush-lands, forests, and streams.
  • Assists with database entry and management. 
  • Travel Required

    • Not Required

    Relocation Authorized

    • No