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Subject: FW: Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Summer Internships
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Sent: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 8:02 AM
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Subject: Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Summer Internships

 

Hello Dr. Schneider,

Chincoteague NWR is currently advertising for summer internship positions.
The following link provides information about Internship Program
opportunities, application methods, and Refuge information.
http://www.fws.gov/northeast/chinco/internvolunteer.html A PDF file of
Chincoteague Internship Program opportunities is attached below. I would
appreciate your help in forwarding this email to any interested students.
The following internship positions are open for the summer 2010 season:

Assateague and Assawoman Island Shorebird Management Internship
Cedar Island Shorebird Management Internship
Wildlife and Habitat Management Summer Internship
Interpretation/Environmental Education Internship

Thank you,
Amanda

(See attached file: 2010ChincoteagueNWRinternships.pdf)
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Amanda A. Daisey, Wildlife Biologist
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 62; 8231 Beach Rd.
Chincoteague, VA 23336
T: 757-336-6122
F: 757-336-5273

 

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Internship Information 

 

Welcome to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge! Interns with the Service
have the unique opportunity of experiencing one of the most-visited refuges
in the entire National Wildlife Refuge System. Interns are an essential part
of operations at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. They staff the
Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center, conduct wildlife
surveys, assist with habitat management, present interpretive walks and
talks, construct and maintain refuge facilities, and perform a variety of
other essential duties. Training, housing, and uniforms will be provided -
you supply the time and interest! 

 

WILDLIFE BIOLOGY DIVISION 

 

Wildlife Biology Internship Requirements 

Shorebird internship applicants must be a recent graduate or student with
junior status in Wildlife Science, Environmental Management, Natural
Resources Management, or a related field; communication skills, writing
skills, desire to work with people; must have good observational skills, and
valid driver's license. Interns will be required to walk in difficult
terrain for long distances, carry equipment, and tolerate biting insects. 

 

Assateague and Assawoman Island Shorebird Management Internship 

Internship Duration: 12 weeks; must begin work no later than May 23, 2010;
possibility of extending internship duration if incumbent begins work in
April. 

 

Application Period: December 2009 - March 1, 2010 

 

Work Description : Shorebird interns primarily collect data and monitor
breeding populations of federally threatened piping plovers, American
oystercatchers, and colonial beach nesting birds on Chincoteague NWR. Duties
will include nest searches, behavioral observations, chick monitoring, and
predator surveys for piping plovers, oystercatchers, least terns, and black
skimmers. Interns may take part in other refuge programs and studies such as
waterfowl surveys, water level and salinity readings, marine mammal and sea
turtle stranding data collection, vegetation sampling, endangered Delmarva
fox squirrel nest box repair, wood duck box repair, federally threatened
seabeach amaranth plant surveys, data entry, and public interpretation.
There will be instances where interns will have the opportunity to
participate in other ongoing refuge management programs and studies.
Incumbent may be required to work weekends and evenings. 

 

Cedar Island Shorebird Management Internship 

Internship Duration: 12 weeks; must begin work no later than May 23, 2010;
possibility of extending internship duration if incumbent begins work in
April. 

 

Application Period: December 2009 - March 1, 2010 

 

Work Description: Shorebird intern will travel by boat daily to an
undeveloped barrier island with a staff member to collect data and monitor a
breeding population of the 

Federally threatened piping plovers, American oystercatchers, and colonial
beach nesting birds on Cedar Island, Chincoteague NWR. Applicant must be
comfortable working on a boat. Duties will include daily plover,
oystercatcher, tern, and black skimmer surveys including nest searches,
behavioral observations, nest/brood monitoring, and predator monitoring.
Interns may have the opportunity to participate in other refuge programs and
cooperating agency studies such as water level and salinity readings, marine
mammal and sea turtle stranding data collection, marsh vegetation sampling,
threatened sea beach amaranth plant surveys, data entry, and public
interpretation.

 

**Off-Refuge Housing: Cedar Island is located off shore of the Town of
Wachapreague, VA. Cedar Island interns will reside in a college research
dormitory associated with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in
Wachapreague. The dormitory is shared with other interns, summer employees,
and graduate research students. Wachapreague has a restaurant, fishing
cruises, churches, and a general store. A personal vehicle is required for
shopping.

 

Wildlife and Habitat Management Summer Internship

Internship Duration:12 weeks; must begin work no later than June 14, 2010

 

Application Period: December 2009 -March 1, 2010

 

Work Description: This internship involves a wide array of vegetation and
wildlife surveys, and other habitat management projects on Chincoteague NWR.
Field duties include mapping invasive plant species, conducting other
vegetation surveys, collecting data on waterfowl and shorebird use of
impoundments and other habitats, boat surveys of nesting oystercatchers,
goose round-ups, nesting box repair and replacement, and data collection on
marine mammal and sea turtle strandings. Intern may also assist with
conducting nest searches, chick monitoring, and behavioral observations of
federally threatened piping plovers, American oystercatchers, and colonial
beach nesting birds. Office duties include data compilation and entry, and
assisting with preparing biological reports and memos. Intern may take part
in other refuge programs including public use, environmental education, and
light maintenance projects. Incumbent may be required to work weekends and
evenings.

 

Wildlife and Habitat Management Fall Internship

Internship Duration:16 weeks; August30 -December 18, 2010

 

Application Period: April 15-July 18, 2010

 

Work Description: Fall wildlife management interns are involved in an array
of wildlife management activities. Incumbent will be responsible for weekly
migrating and wintering waterfowl population surveys. Intern will collect
data biweekly for an American oystercatcher wintering and juvenile dispersal
study. Interns will assist with staff's endangered Delmarva Peninsula fox
squirrel population assessment by mark-recapture sampling squirrels, setting
and baiting live cage traps, and handling live squirrels. Incumbent would
also staff a hunter check station, which entails aging, weighing, and sexing
hunter-harvested deer; and interacting with the public. Interns participate
in other refuge programs and studies such as marine mammal and sea turtle
stranding data collection, water level and salinity readings, wetland
vegetation sampling, invasive plant species mapping, data entry, predator
scent stations surveys and public interpretation. Depending on the breeding
season, interns may have the opportunity to collect late season breeding
data on loggerhead sea turtles and beach-nesting birds. If applicable,
duties may include monitoring and protection of sea turtle nests and
emerging hatchlings and monitoring chicks of federally threatened piping
plovers, American oystercatchers, terns and skimmers. 

 

VISITOR SERVICES DIVISION 

Visitor Services Internship Requirements 

 

Applicants should have a background in biology, wildlife management,
recreation management, education, interpretation, communications or a
related field. Applicants must have experience speaking in front of groups
(including children and school groups), knowledge of animal and plant
identification (especially birds), and have the ability to communicate well
with visitors and staff both orally and in writing. 

The job requires office and outdoor work. The work involves frequent on-site
field work requiring some physical exertion such as walking over wet, rough,
and uneven terrain; bending, crouching, stooping, reaching, lifting or
similar activities. Outdoor work may involve extreme temperatures and
exposure to biting insects. 

 

Park Ranger - Interpretation/Environmental Education Internship 

Internship Duration: 12 weeks; possibility of extending internship 

 

Application Period: December 2009 - March 1, 2010 

 

Work Description : Visitor Services Interns staff the visitor center in
addition to developing and conducting orientation talks, interpretive walks
and demonstrations to a variety of general public audiences and school
groups. Interns will also initiate or assist with the development or
revision of interpretive materials such as brochures, handouts, and
exhibits. Knowledge of public outreach and communications tools and
techniques (utilizing the internet, audiovisual, and other media) to appeal
to a diverse audience is a plus. Interns will also work with the refuge
education staff to prepare and conduct on- and off-site environmental
education programs for a variety of audiences. In addition, the intern will
assist with the management of wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities
such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography,
environmental education and/or interpretation. These duties provide interns
with multiple opportunities to provide visitors with enjoyable and enriching
opportunities to connect with refuges in ways that are meaningful to them. 

 

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM INFORMATION 

Location 

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (CNWR) is located on the southern end
of Assateague Island, VA. The northern end of the island is home to state
and federal parks that are not part of CNWR, while the southern end is run
by both the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Park Service. The
closest town is Chincoteague, VA located on Chincoteague Island,
approximately two miles away. The Town of Chincoteague has many tourist
attractions, including restaurants, inns, souvenir shops, bike and kayak
rentals, fishing and sunset cruises, churches, a grocery store, bowling
alley, and a movie theater. 

 

Pay 

Interns receive a $300 reimbursement every two weeks for meals and
incidental expenses. The reimbursement is direct deposited into a bank
account; therefore interns must provide the refuge with a bank routing
number upon arrival. You can find the routing number on a check or call your
bank. Chincoteague has two banks, PNC and Shore Bank. Many interns open
accounts with the local banks to avoid ATM fees. 

 

Housing 

Housing is provided to interns and located on the refuge (Cedar Island
interns live off-site, see description above). CNWR plans to finish
construction of a new intern bunkhouse by May 2010. Interns will have
housemates and roommates. Housing is cohabited with males and females, but
rooms are same-sex. The bunkhouse will be fully furnished with beds,
dressers, couches, TV, laundry facility, and kitchenware. However, interns
must provide their own bedding. 

Phones are available in refuge housing, but you must purchase phone cards to
call outside the local area. Wireless internet access will be available in
the bunkhouse along with a shared intern computer. When not working, interns
may use the office computers to access the internet, but must comply with
federal government computer policy. Staff and interns may not access social
websites on government computers such as Facebook and MySpace. 

 

Uniform 

Visitor Services Division Interns are provided a nametag, hat, work and polo
shirts upon arrival. Wildlife Biology Division Interns receive work shirts
and a hat. Bug spray and sunscreen are provided. You may wear sunglasses and
hats unless speaking to the public within the Visitor Center. Hiking boots
are optimal for working conditions, but other closed toed shoes are
acceptable. 

 

Schedule 

Internships are a twelve-week minimum commitment; however, the refuge can be
flexible when deemed necessary. Interns normally work 40 hours per week.
Special programs and events may require interns to work early mornings or
evenings on occasion. Interns typically work weekends during the summer
season. 

 

Apply to the Chincoteague NWR Internship Program: 

 

Please send a cover letter indicating to which internship program you are
applying, a resume, and reference contact information to: 

 

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge 

Attn: Volunteer Coordinator 

P.O. Box 62 

Chincoteague, VA 23336 

(http://chinco.fws.gov) 

 

OR 

 

E-mail cover letter, resume, and references to each internship's
corresponding staff contact: 

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nterpretation and Education: Melissa Perez [log in to unmask] 

Assateague & Assawoman Shorebird: Amanda Daisey [log in to unmask] 

Cedar Island Shorebird: Eva Savage [log in to unmask] 

Wildlife Management Summer: Joelle Buffa [log in to unmask] 

Wildlife Management Fall: Amanda Daisey [log in to unmask]



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