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Program Dates: 07/08/2024 – 11/17/2024

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 US Fish and Wildlife Service is recruiting for a fisheries technician internship at the Mid- Columbia Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office located in Leavenworth, Washington. The intern will most likely work as a part of a team to support research and monitoring efforts for potentially a variety of fishery related projects conducted at salmon hatcheries and rivers in eastern Washington. The intern may have the opportunity to provide support to projects conducted by the Hatchery Evaluation, Native Fish Conservation, and/or Habitat Restoration Programs. For additional information see: https://www.fws.gov/leavenworthfisheriescomplex/MidColumbiaFWCO/IndexMCFWCO.cfm
This is a field intensive position that may involve working long hours in inclement weather while walking on uneven, slippery terrain in an and around cold swift flowing water where an ability to swim and a comfort around water is mandatory. Night work and backpacking may also be necessary for studies conducted far from the nearest road. The intern should have the ability to lift and carrying heavy items up to 50 pounds for extended periods of time.
This position will afford the intern the opportunity to gain experience and develop skills in a potential variety of fisheries and/or habitat related assessment techniques depending on funding, staffing, and safety related constraints. Additionally, each season can entail a variety of unanticipated challenges that the Service will attempt to overcome but does not guarantee the intern will have the opportunity to participate in every potential activity.

Member Benefits:

  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $325- weekly living allowance (paid bi-weekly)
  • $1000 - monthly housing allowance (5 disbursements) to be secured by selected candidate
  • $1,500 - duty related travel funds (Receipts required for tax-free reimbursement)
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($2,817 education award) at fulfillment of 675 service hours and successful completion of internship
  • All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

Member Qualifications:
  • Some course work, experience, and strong interest in fisheries and aquatic sciences
  • Strong swimming ability
  • Ability to work long days in swift moving water and slippery terrain.
  • Ability to work as a team and independently.
  • Ability to record accurate field data and follow set protocols.
  • A valid driver's license.
  • A personal vehicle is recommended.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in conducting biological surveys.
  • Experience in fisheries monitoring
  • Basic knowledge of data entry methods and programs (e.g. Microsoft Access, Excel)

Applicants will be evaluated based on application information, references, and the match of the applicant's skills with the needs of the field office.

Additional:
Must be eligible to serve as an AmeriCorps Member. This includes:

  • Being a citizen, permanent resident, or national of the United States.
  • Being at least 18 years or older.
  • Having a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Being willing to undergo National Service Criminal History Check, including criminal background, sex offender and FBI checks.