Refuge Operations Specialist Internship

Bandon, Oregon
Mar 08, 2018
Mar 16, 2018
Job Level
Entry level
Employment Type

Internship Title: Refuge Operations Specialist Internship (1 Position)


Internship Sponsor: Shoreline Education for Awareness, Inc. ( and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Internship Location: Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, South Coast Refuge Office, 83673 North Bank Lane, Bandon, OR 97411

Term of Service: Approximately May 1, 2018 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 Operations Specialist Intern will work with the refuge manager and the visitor services manager for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex to assist in general refuge operations, habitat and facilities management, scientific studies including seabird surveys, and communicating 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 collecting biological data, invasive weed management, facilities support, and supporting interpretation for visitors on the seabirds and marine mammals at Coquille Point, Simpson Reef and other locations on the south coast of Oregon.  The intern will also help supervise and schedule refuge volunteer work. 


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.
  • Develop monthly work schedules for refuge volunteers and work cooperatively alongside refuge volunteers.
  • 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 Bullards Beach, Sunset Bay State Park, and Coquille River RV park 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.
  • Assist the Refuge Manager with day to day operations including but not limited to invasive species removal using hand tools, monitoring of seabirds, trash removal, general repairs and cleanup, weed trimming, power washing.
  • 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.
  • Mechanically inclined in the use of power tools.

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 Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge including utilities.  Intern will have private bedroom, with ample shared kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and living space, wi-fi, and TV with DVD player (no cable). 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? Contact:

Dawn Harris
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Visitor Services Manager

2127 SE Marine Science Drive

Newport OR 97391


Application Process:

Send a cover letter of interest, resume (email with attachments preferred), and contact information for three references to Dawn Harris by March15, 2018.