Internship - Sport Fishery Biological Technician

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Program Dates: 05/20/2024-12/20/2024

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

Program Description:
These positions will support the data and tag recovery efforts to measure the movement, growth, post-release survival, return to sport fisheries, and the general efficacy of stocked salmon and trout in lakes Michigan and Huron. The intern will assist U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologists and technicians of the Great Lakes Fish Tagging and Recovery Lab, Green Bay Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office with recovery of data and code-wire tags from lake trout, brown trout and Pacific salmon by interfacing with anglers, and assisting tagging fish in state and federal hatcheries. The primary responsibility of the intern will be to: collect and record biological data, and collects samples (scales, bones, stomachs, tags. tissues) from sport caught fish at boat landings, streams, fish cleaning stations, weirs, and tournaments in cooperation with state technicians, creel clerks and biologists; assists biologists with tagging fish in automated tagging trailers for large cooperative studies with state and tribal partners; conducts laboratory work to remove and examine tags from fish, scales and bones for ageing; entering and proofing field and lab data;process stomach contents for diet studies; other routine laboratory work; and conductingsummary data analysis commensuratewith the interns skill set.

All work is conductedunder the supervision of biologists or senior technicians. Routine travel will be required paid for by the Service. Tours of duty will routinelyincludeweekends during the open water fishing season (May-September). Potential duty stations include: New Franken, WI; Milwaukee, WI; Michigan City, IN; Charlevoix, MI; and Alpena, MI. All training and equipment are provided. Valid driver's license, personal credit card, and personal vehicle are required.

Please note that this position will include overnight travel. Expenses incurred will be reimbursed with receipts. A personal credit card is required.Duty travel will depend on the internship location.All travel and meals will be reimbursed and a personal credit card is required for travel.Candidates can expect their estimated duty travel usual of 2-3 days per week as follows:

Team/Location and weeks of travel:
New Franken, WI - 4 weeks
Milwaukee, WI - 2 weeks
Michigan City, IN - 7 weeks
Charlevoix, MI - 9 weeks
Alpena, MI – 9 weeks

The primary duties of this position include:

  • Engage anglers at tournaments, assist at fishcleaning stations to process salmon and trout to recovery tags and biological data(55%)
  • Tagging fish (15%)
  • Extracting and reading tags from recovered fish (25%)
  • Entering and proofing field and lab data (10%)
Member Benefits:
  • $650/week*Living Allowance
  • $1,100*Travel Allowance, paid once with first paycheck
  • Eligible for anAmeriCorps Education Award of $4,826.50, received upon successful completion of the position
  • Eligible for thePublic Land Corps (PLC) hiring authorityupon successful completion of position
  • Housing is not provided. Rental housing is the responsibilty of the Member.

  • All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.

Member Qualifications:
  • Driver's License
  • Personal Vehicle
  • Personal Credit Card