Biological Technician Intern
August 30, 2021 to August 28, 2022
Kofa National Wildlife Refuge
The SCA Biological Technician intern will work out of the Kofa NWR/SWAZRC oﬃce located in Yuma, Arizona. He/she will assist with wildlife management and monitoring projects on Kofa NWR. Periodically, the intern may assist with activities or projects on Imperial and Cibola NWRs. Specific tasks will include checking the status of water sources, running trail cameras in remote wilderness locations and processing photos to collect data relevant to managing the refuge for the benefit of desert bighorn sheep and other native wildlife. Duties will also include assisting with monitoring, maintenance and feeding of the endangered Sonoran pronghorn within and outside of a semi-captive breeding pen. There will be many opportunities to interact with refuge staff and partner agency personnel on a wide variety of projects.
Very strong hiking and orientations skills are essential, as is being able to do field work in remote areas and in extreme summer heat. Operating a 4×4 vehicle on sometimes extremely rough and rocky roads is necessary.
The Biological Technician intern will also help with the Visitor Services Program, and with general refuge operations. He/she will greet visitors and answer phone calls at the Visitor Center and respond to questions, needs and complaints; help maintain the refuge website, Facebook page and brochures. Duties will include participating in public outreach at community events and developing and presenting programs to school classes and other groups and leading interpretive hikes. They will also help manage and coordinate Refuge Volunteer activities and work schedules.
- $1,100 – RT travel allowance
- $160 – weekly living allowance
- $1,200 – duty related travel
- AmeriCorps eligible ($6,095 education award and health insurance)
*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes
- The SCA Biological Technician intern will operate out of the SW Arizona Refuge Complex/Kofa National Wildlife Refuge headquarters located in Yuma, Arizona. He/she will travel often to Kofa NWR and on occasion to Imperial NWR and Cibola NWR to perform assigned duties.
Training opportunities include wildlife and natural resources management methods, interpretation and first aid/CPR. Additional training opportunities may arise. Educational/Recreational Opportunities In addition to training necessary to accomplish wildlife and natural resource management activities, participate in community events; and enjoy outdoor activities like hiking; biking; boating; etc. is available in and near the community.
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology: degree major or professional experience
Resource Management: some coursework or experience
GPS: competent without supervision
Hand Tools: competent with supervision
Valid Drivers License Needed
Personal Vehicle Required
Personal use of government vehicles is not allowed. A personal vehicle is needed to shop for groceries and reach other amenities as distances within town significant and public transportation is not available.
Housing or Stipend Provided?
The US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) SW Arizona Refuge Complex/Kofa National Wildlife Headquarters will provide the SCA Intern with a private ~25 foot trailer located in an RV Park near the headquarters (within walking or biking distance). The trailer comes equipped with a basic kitchen inventory including pots and pans, dishes, silverware and bedding. All utilities will be provided/paid for by the Fish and Wildlife Service.