Internship- Rare Species Wildlife Surveyor at Huron-Manistee NF

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Program Dates: 05/20/2024 - 08/09/2024

About us:
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is the largest provider of hands-on environmental conservation programs for youth and young adults. Program participants protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks, and community green spaces across the country."

Program Description:
The Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District is seeking two motivated SCA members to assist with various rare species wildlife and vegetative surveys. The crew will work as members of a survey team to:

  • Inventory endangered, threatened, and sensitive wildlife species;(40%)
  • Assess habitat suitability for various wildlife species;(5%)
  • Conduct counts to estimate abundance of Karner blue butterflies, a federally listed endangered species, within designated management areas;(30%)
  • Conduct vegetative surveys to estimate acreage of suitable Karner blue butterfly habitat within designated management areas;(5%)
  • Conduct vegetative surveys to assess the effectiveness of different management treatments for restoring savannas; (5%)
  • Identify management concerns for use in developing management plans; and (5%)
  • Layout and implement habitat improvement projects to restore openlands and young forests. (10%)

The data collected will be used by professional staff to develop management plans and conservation measures. The SCA interns will also assist with recreation, botnay, silviculture,and timber program activities, complete detailed field reports, enter data into various databases, work with you crews to complete habitat improvement projects,and participate in outreach activities to educate the public about wildlife conservation issues.

Housing is provided in an on-site bunkhouse with kitchen and bathroom facilities in an adjacent building. Personal vehicle is recommended for personal errands, but a government vehicle will be provided for field work.

Member Benefits:

  • $450/weekLiving Allowance*
  • $1,100Travel Allowance*, paid once with first paycheck
  • Housingon-site
    • Bunkhouse quarters with kitchen and bathroom facilities. Bedroom is typically shared with one other employee/intern. Bunkhouse quarters are located on-site at the Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger Station where intern will report to work during the week. The Ranger Station is located in the small town of Baldwin, MI.
  • Eligible forAmeriCorps Education Award of $1,824.07, to be received upon successful completion of position and 450hrs of service or more
  • Hours served can be applied toward thePublic Land Corps (PLC) hiring authority
  • All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.

Member Qualifications:
  • Driver's license
  • Personal vehicle recommended