Expected DatesMarch 28, 2021 to March 26, 2022SiteLower Rio Grande NWRPosition IDPO-00730740Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to be fully vaccinated. Full vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.
The South Texas Refuge Complex protects nearly 200,000 acres of land in south Texas through natural resource conservation. We are seeking an intern to be a part of the Natural Habitat Restoration Team. Intern duties will focus primarily on assisting in the restoration of natural areas through native plant reintroductions and invasive species control across the South Texas Refuge Complex. This position will assist experienced U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel in the propagation and nursery care of tree and shrub seedlings, mechanical and chemical invasive species control, site preparation and post-planting site maintenance, delivering plants to planting sites, collecting and processing seed, planting seedlings in understory planting sites, and monitoring survivorship and recovery of planted sites. Other duties may include miscellaneous tasks, as needed, to support the Restoration Program and the Refuge's Biology Program. This position will be stationed and housed at the Lower Rio Grande Valley NWR, however, overnight travel to Laguna Atascosa NWR may be required during site preparations and plantings. The intern will work a compressed schedule, 9-hour days Monday through Friday with alternating Fridays off. Intern will operate government-owned vehicles during work hours, for oﬃcial use only. Intern must provide personal transportation for travel to and from housing site to Refuge headquarters and for other personal use. Intern must have a valid driver's license.
- Location DescriptionSouth Texas Refuge Complex(STRC) is located in the southern tip of Texas. Lower Rio Grande Valley, Laguna Atascosa, and Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuges comprise the STRC, totaling 187,000 acres. These refuges cover 4 counties in South Texas, from the Gulf of Mexico to Falcon Dam.
- Training ProvidedATV/UTV operation, first aid and CPR, defensive driving, pesticide handling
- Educational/Recreational OpportunitiesSouth Texas offers bird-watching, wildlife, boating, cycling, hiking, hunting, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, and even para-sailing. Educational opportunities include other nature centers, museums, and cultural arts.
- Handicap Accessible?No
Main Area of FocusNatural Resources MgmtEducation, Training & Skills ExpectedBiologysome coursework or experienceResource Managementsome coursework or experiencePlant Identificationsome experienceFurther DetailsAmeriCorps EligibleEligibleDriving LogisticsValid Drivers License NeededPersonal Vehicle RequiredPersonal vehicle is required for transportation for non-work related purposes.Housing or Stipend Provided?YesHousing is available in a shared bunkhouse approximately 2 miles from the Refuge headquarters. The housing quarters is a duplex with one side for males and one side for females. Each side has 3 bedrooms, a full bathroom, and a kitchen. Each bedroom has 2 beds. Additional interns and multi-person work crews will also be housed in the duplex and each room must be shared with one additional person. Each kitchen is equiped with a full-size fridge, a stove-top, and a microwave (please note that there is not an oven in either kitchen in the bunkhouse). A laundry room is also available near the housing quarters.Indoor/OutdoorOutdoorUS CitizenshipRequired