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Wildlife Intern
Ref No.: 17-00334
Company/Department:Mount Rainier National Park
Location: Ashford, Washington
Position Type:Intern
Start Date: 05/28/2018
Because the need for preserving all of our nation's history has never been greater, we're counting on you! HBCUI (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship) DHA Program is an 11-week summer experience brought to you by Greening Youth Foundation in partnership with the U.S. National Park Service. As a part of HBCUI, students from schools around the country are putting their unique skills and talents to work in preserving the contributions of African Americans to our nation's history and culture. Participants gain real-world, on-the-job experience as they explore federal careers in the U.S. National Park Service.
Position Title Wildlife Intern
NPS Unit Name Mount Rainier National Park - Ashford, WA 
Direct Hiring Authority Resource Assistant The DHA Resource Assistant internship (DHA-RA) is a unique internship opportunity within the Department of the Interior (DOI). The objective is to build a pathway to employment in the DOI for exemplary students in higher education.  DHA-RA interns will apply content expertise to NPS management and build a network with federal employees throughout the internship. These rigorous internships require specialized expertise and typically are available to upper-level undergraduate or graduate students or recent graduates. The internships are designed to develop the participant's technical and creative thinking abilities, leadership skills, and problem-solving capabilities.  DHA-RA interns will receive a weekly stipend of $480, park-provided housing or a housing allowance, and paid travel expenses.  Successful completion of the internship does not guarantee that the participant will be hired into a federal position.
In order to be eligible for a DHA--RA Internship, applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident ("green-card-holder”) and enrolled or within one year of graduating from an institution of higher education.   
DHA-RA interns who successfully complete the internship requirements become eligible for 2 years from the date of their degree to be non-competitively hired by the Department of Interior.
Position Dates May 21 – August 3, 2018
Position Description The intern(s) will be trained to conduct field-based surveys for wildlife species of concern (e.g. Cascade red fox, Northern spotted owl, bats). The intern(s) will be a key member of our Endangered Species and Keep Wildlife Wild programs, which evaluates human/wildlife conflicts and nuisance behavior to reduce human/wildlife conflicts. Projects may include hiking to remote locations to survey for species presence, abundance and reproductive status, literature reviews, evaluating phenological shifts in hibernation emergence, monitoring front country and back country sites for nuisance wildlife, and working closely with rangers if wildlife conflicts require their response. The intern will also communicate project updates through social media, summarize findings in a written report and map records using GIS. The final project will recommend strategies to reduce wildlife habituation and contribute to the park bear/habituated management plan.
Learning Goals 1. Learn methods and gain professional experience conducting field-based wildlife surveys in a remote park setting.
2. Learn logistics involved in planning field-based surveys in a remote park setting.
3. Learn technical writing skills and to present results to different audiences (e.g. scientists, interpreters, members of the public).
4. Learn about park policies and procedures and how they are implemented.
5. Learn leadership skills.
Qualifications The intern(s) will work 40-hours per week both independently and as part of a team. Candidates must be able to hike over uneven terrain carrying a 40-pound backpack for up to 10 miles. Successful candidates will: have a keen interest in wildlife and wilderness, be highly motivated and well organized, have excellent verbal and written communication skills, be an enthusiastic learner, be engaging with the public, have experience backpacking and camping, and have a strong commitment to safety. Experience/coursework in ecology, field methods, mammalogy, ornithology, environmental policy, and GIS are highly desired.
Additional qualifications:
  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited HBCU institution
  • Must be between 16 and 35 years of age
  • Must be U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident or U.S. national
  • Must be able to pass a federal background check
Work Environment 75% field work, 25% office
Vehicle/License Requirement Intern must have a valid state driver's license in order to operate a government vehicle while conducting official business required by this position.
Compensation and Benefits
  • Compensation is at a rate of $480 per week
  • Housing is provided. Shared housing is available (house or apartment). The intern will have their own bedroom.
  • Attend the all-expense paid Leadership & Careers Workshop in Washington, D.C. in August
  • Qualify for federal non-compete hiring after meeting service requirements
  • Make a difference in your local community and beyond
Application Instructions Interested students should apply directly to this position via the SERVE job portal at:

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