Urban Refuge Internship, Patuxent Research Refuge

Laurel, Maryland 

Organization: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Patuxent Research Refuge

Type of opportunity: Internship, seasonal

Contact:  Mark Goldbach, mgoldbach@wmrcd.org

Duties: The intern will work with FWS partners in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) to formulate and carry out schoolyard wildlife habitat design, establishment, and maintenance in Northern Virginia. The intern will utilize and supervise local volunteers as much as possible, including students completing community service, 4H members and Boy Scouts. Sustainable landscaping practices will be applied to these sites and the surrounding school property. Part of the site selection criteria will be choosing sites that can support a diversity of native pollinators, with Monarch butterflies being of particular interest. This work will involve coordination with school administrators , science teachers, facilities staff and other potential partners (such as the National Wildlife Federation) to determine appropriate schoolyard sites, appropriate native plants and storm water management considerations. The intern will work with key sustainable landscaping staff to draft a policy for the FCPS district. It is anticipated this position will spend approximately 75% of their time in Fairfax County, and 25% of their time on the refuge.

Desired qualifications:

  • Undergraduate (rising senior)-Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Recreation Management, Biology, Natural Resource Management (emphasis on Environmental Education preferred)
  • Experienced working with diverse groups
  • Good written and oral communication
  • Experience in Public speaking
  • Working knowledge of native plants and their establishment

Start and end dates: Six months, late May – late November

Salary: $11.50/hour

Link to more information: View the announcement.

How to apply: Send letter of interest and resume (including three professional references with telephone numbers) to Mark Goldbach at mgoldbach@wmrcd.org.

Application deadline: May 6, 2016