Terrestrial Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) Monitoring Program Intern – Maine/New Hampshire/Rhode Island/Virginia/Maryland

United States Fish and Wildlife Services

Suffolk, Virginia

Job Type Paid Internship
Salary Details $600 Weekly + $300 Weekly Housing Stipend
Deadline Jun 15, 2024
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Region 8) – Terrestrial Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) Monitoring Program Intern


Term of positions is 9 weeks; full-time 40 hrs/wk

(2 positions available)


California – Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

                    San Luis National Wildlife Refuge

Living Allowance:

$600 Weekly Living Stipend

$300 Housing Stipend

AmeriCorps Award:

Position is eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program. Value of education award is $1,459.26 (pre-tax).

Start Date/End Date:

07/01/2024 – 08/30/2024

Application Due Date:

Preference given to applicants that submit application by Wednesday, May 30, 2024

Title of Position:

LiDAR Monitoring Field Technicians (2)

Reports To:

Ryan Aeby, Fire Management Officer

Position Details:

Stewards Individual Placement Program (STE) provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. Participants work with federal agencies, tribal governments, and nonprofits building institutional capacity, developing community relationships, and supporting ecosystem health.

 STE in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Region 8 (Pacific Southwest) is looking for individuals to serve as interns in the Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) Monitoring Project. LiDAR integrates the latest forest vegetation and ecosystem surveying technology into land management practices. Terrestrial LiDAR scanning (TLS) surveying and monitoring protocols gather empirical data to inform active habitat management on refuges. The techniques used in this project visualize and quantify fuel lodging changes in the interest of wildlife fire, forestry, and biology. The efforts mentioned support multiple USFWS priorities and informs the conservation, protection, and enhancement of habitats for wildlife and plants.

The interns will work primarily with Fire and Biology programs to learn about tall emergent grass habitats (tule, cattail, bullrush), and riparian forest (sycamore, oak, cottonwood, baccharis, valley elderberry, tall wheat). These individuals will be introduced to the various refuge operations through the Fire and Biology program integrated management.

To learn more about the Terrestrial Light Detection and Ranging Monitoring Program from our 2023 LiDAR interns, click here!

Position Responsibilities will include:

  • Commuting to and from the Refuge Work Sites. Operation of pickup truck and four-wheel drive vehicles on paved, gravel, and natural roads.
  • Collect Field Data. Utilize Terrestrial LiDAR Scanning (TLS) equipment to biologist identified monitor sites throughout the refuges.
  • Basic operation and best practices will be given in field training. (prior to monitoring)
  • Recording collected data. 1) Utilize standard reporting practices to upload TLS data into useable monitoring databases. 2) Use field Maps and Survey123 to record site information.
  • Training will be provided on the best practices of monitoring with TLS equipment. Field Maps and Survey123 training will be given based on current skill level.

Minimum Requirements:

GED/Highschool diploma, some college is preferred.

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and ability to safely operate a vehicle.
  • The ability to learn and apply new technologies in remote field settings.
  • The ability to work and live in a remote location.
  • The ability to hike off trail and navigate using GPS systems.
  • Must be able to conduct field work involving hiking and carrying equipment.
  • The ability to communicate effectively in both written and verbal format.
  • The ability to work with a team and coordinate activities with other team members.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • California State Driver’s License
  • Experience with GIS/AGOL/Field Maps

Working Conditions/Physical Effort:

The LiDAR Interns may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on varying terrain and potentially under physically demanding circumstances. This internship requires individuals to be in warm to hot conditions along the Sacramento River.

These conditions:

  • Present the possibility of injury and exposure to hazards such as venomous snakes, heat, humidity, and insects.
  • Require long hours in isolated settings
  • Require physical exertion, outdoors, in all weather conditions on potentially difficult or hazardous terrain
  • Require the ability to occasionally use hand tools and/or light machinery
  • Require the willingness to travel frequently, work varying shifts, and potentially overnight stays.


Position is eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program. Value of education award is $1,459.26 (pre-tax).

  • Living Allowance: $600/week (pre-tax)
  • Housing Allowance: $300 weekly  (On-site housing - TBA)
  • Travel Relocation expenses covered up to a certain amount.
  • PPE/Field Gear Stipend up to a certain amount.

Substance Free: 
In accordance with a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property. 

Additional Notes: 

All applicants must pass a criminal background and motor vehicle background check prior to hiring. 

How to Apply:
Apply on-line at: USFWS LiDAR internship - Maine/New Hamshire/Rhode Island/Virginia/Maryland. In addition to your resume, please submit a one-page cover letter highlighting why you are interested in this position and how your background and experience will help you succeed in this position.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact: 

Kahla Stewart

Program Coordinator

Stewards Individual Placements

(423) 402-6004


Stewards Individual Placements Program does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.


Please click the link provided to apply to this opportunity. 

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