Rocky Shore Interpretation Specialist

Newport, Oregon
Monthly stipend $1,200 plus housing
Mar 08, 2018
Mar 16, 2018
Job Level
Entry level
Employment Type

Internship Location: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 2127 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport OR 97365


Term of Service: May 1 through September 30, 2018 (5 months). DUE TO FUNDING SOURCE RESTRICTIONS, WE CAN ONLY ACCEPT APPLICANTS BORN AFTER May 1, 1993 (AGE 25 OR YOUNGER).


The Intern will work with the visitor services manager for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex to communicate with the general public through outreach, natural resource interpretation and social media.  This is a full-time internship requiring a 40-hour work week. The intern will be responsible for providing interpretation for visitors on the seabirds and marine mammals of Oregon Islands Wildlife Refuge at multiple locations on the central and south coast of Oregon both from headlands, beaches and via kayak. 


General Responsibilities (to include, but not limited to):

  • Assist with communication, outreach and marketing for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex through a variety of media.
  • Assist with social networking efforts for the Refuge Complex. Create posters, news releases and other marketing materials to advertise refuge interpretive programs.
  • Attend coastal fairs, celebrations and events to promote the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Assist with leading water-based canoe and kayak interpretive tours at wildlife refuges.
  • Provide interpretation on the seabirds and marine mammals of Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge using binoculars, field guides, spotting scopes, and portable signs.
  • Deliver evening campground programs for campers at Oregon State Parks on the subject of seabirds or marine mammals on a bi-weekly basis.
  • Speak with visitors about the purpose of the wildlife refuge, answer their wildlife and refuge related questions, and identify wildlife.
  • Help protect wildlife and ensure visitor safety by informing visitors of potential safety hazards and attempting to correct minor infractions through interpretation. Document illegal visits or trespass into closed areas. Interns shall not engage in law enforcement.



Internship Requirements (you must have all of these to qualify):

  • Bachelor’s Degree, or higher.  Preferably in the field of natural resources or interpretation.
  • U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.
  • Ability and willingness to spend the majority of the workday outdoors.
  • Experience conducting natural resource interpretation for the general public.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, evenings, and limited overnight travel.


Preferred Qualifications (these are not required to qualify for the position)

  • Familiarity with marine and estuarine ecosystems.
  • Strong inter-personal communication skills.
  • Experience working with the media (press releases, interviews) including social media.
  • Motivated, energetic and detail-oriented.
  • Experience paddling in canoes or kayaks.


Intern Benefits Include:

  • A taxable, monthly living allowance of $1,200.
  • Upon successful completion of the term of service, an award of $750.
  • Professional development, training, and networking opportunities.
  • Free housing at Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge including utilities.  Intern will have private bedroom and wi-fi. Sorry, no pets allowed.


Transportation Information:

  • Government vehicle is available for official work duties only.
  • Intern is responsible for personal transportation needs.


Questions about the position?

Dawn Harris
Visitor Services Manager

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex

2127 SE Marine Science Drive

Newport OR 97391


Application Process:

Send letter of interest, resume (email with attachments preferred), and contact information for three references to Dawn Harris by March 15, 2018.