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Refuge Technician-Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge-U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Katie Schmidt

Glenwood ,  Washington

The Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge-U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, in partnership with the Mt. Adams Institute and AmeriCorps, is now offering a full-time, paid internship.

***For more open positions and detailed position descriptions with full application instructions, please visit: http://www.mtadamsinstitute.com/jobs/.***

Project Location: 100 Wildlife Refuge Rd, Glenwood, WA 98619

Position Summary: In partnership with the Mt. Adams Institute, interns (Refuge Technicians) will spend the summer and fall removing invasive species that threaten the continued existence of Oregon spotted frogs, a threatened species. Located in the remote and beautiful, Conboy National Wildlife Refuge, this field based position is perfect for a person who has a passion for wildlife and is interested in learning more about management practices to protect and conserve endangered species (Oregon Spotted Frog). The position will alternate between hands-on conservation activities and office based data recording. Successful candidates will need to be highly motivated to work independently and on a team.

The Conboy National Wildlife Refuge is located in the small town of Glenwood, WA – population 500 people. Glenwood is 45 minutes from the larger town of White Salmon, WA and Hood River, OR. It is two hours from Portland, OR. Interns live on site of the Refuge and can expect quiet nights, incredible views of 12,000’+ volcano Mt. Adams, first rate access to recreational activities such as hiking, climbing, biking and kayaking,  and a first-hand look at life in a rural Western town.

General Responsibilities (to include, but not limited to):

  • Set and remove fyke nets in designated sites daily to capture invasive species that predate on the Oregon Spotted Frog.
  • Sort catch in fyke nets.
  • Gather environmental data at fyke net locations.
  • Count and measure invasive species removed from fyke nets.
  • Spend some nights capturing bullfrogs by hand in wetlands.
  • Assist with other refuge projects, such as Sandhill crane banding, reducing cattle trespass, and public events.
  • Maintain and repair field gear as needed.
  • Attend and complete all MAI/AmeriCorps training and service requirements including orientation, trainings, team meetings and national service days.
  • Complete and submit all necessary MAI/AmeriCorps paperwork and reports in a timely manner.
  • Wear an MAI uniform and/or appropriate identifiers and required safety gear while performing service or attending official events.
  • Member will not engage in prohibited AmeriCorps activities as outlined in the member handbook and agreement.

Position Requirements:

  • Be self-sufficient and able to work long days in adverse weather conditions.
  • Be physically fit, able to walk long distances carrying heavy loads.
  • Ability to work long hours with a small crew of people.
  • Flexibility to change tasks as conditions change.
  • Regular and reliable attendance.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record and ability to provide documentation.
  • 21-30 years of age, at beginning of service term.
  • S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent, or commit to earning one prior to receiving an education award.
  • Ability to commit to the full term 25 week term of service.
  • Must successfully pass a fingerprint criminal history background check provided through MAI and/or Project Sponsor Agency.
  • Selection, placement and retention are contingent upon passing the National Sex Offender Public Register and a national FBI fingerprint check. Position does have recurring access to vulnerable populations.
  • AmeriCorps Members are eligible to serve up to four terms of service and receive AmeriCorps Education awards for each term of service up to the value of two full time education awards only. It is the responsibility of the applicant to inform MAI of any previous service in an AmeriCorps program, regardless of whether or not they completed the previous term(s) of service. MAI is not liable for providing an Education Award to a member if they are not eligible under the Corporation for National and Community Service AmeriCorps guidelines.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification
  • Experience handling animals, particularly fish and amphibians
  • Current ATV/UTV rider safety certification
  • Experience operating heavy equipment, including backhoes and skid-steers

Benefits include:

-$1,100 Monthly Living Allowance
-$2,887 Education Award
-Free Housing
-Student Loan Forbearance 
-Networking Opportunities

***For more open positions and detailed position descriptions with full application instructions, please visit: http://www.mtadamsinstitute.com/jobs/.***



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