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2010 Internship: Applied Conservation-Restoration Ecology

Job Type: full-time temporary position

Opportunity location: USFWS-Seney NWR, Seney, MI

Closing date (if specified): 15 Feb 2010

Seney National Wildlife Refuge (Seney NWR) in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was established in 1935 by Executive Order for the protection and production of migratory birds and other wildlife. At nearly 96,000 acres, Seney NWR is one of the larger National Wildlife Refuges east of the Mississippi River and is exceptionally diverse in both the number of ecosystem types present and the number of wildlife species using these habitats. Seney NWR also administers island refuges in Lakes Superior, Michigan, and Huron, as well as Kirtland’s Warbler Wildlife Management Area in the northern Lower Peninsula. For more information see:

During the summer of 2010, Seney NWR will offer two (2) Applied Conservation-Restoration Ecology internships. These positions will last for up to 12 weeks, with some flexibility in starting and ending dates. The duties assigned to the successful applicants would be wide-ranging and should prepare the applicant for a future career in natural resources management and/or graduate school. Assigned duties may include 1) assisting with general biological and ecological assessments and inventories (e.g., forest stand assessments and inventories, ecosystem mapping, bird surveys and censuses, frog and toad surveys, colonial waterbird surveys); 2) assisting with habitat management (e.g., forest management, exotic species management, colonial waterbird habitat management); and 3) assisting with on-going Refuge research projects.

Interested applicants should be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student, have a GPA >3.0, be inquisitive, be physically fit, be able to work independently or in small groups, have excellent verbal and writing skills, have a valid driver’s license, and have a background in biology, botany, forestry, zoology, ecology, or a related field. Preference will be given to those who have demonstrated competence in conducting field work. Interns are compensated at a rate of $150/week for a 40-hour work week that may include working some weekends and evenings. The Refuge will provide dorm-style housing, laundry facilities, and a vehicle.

To apply, the following must be received by 4 PM ET, Monday, 15 February 2010:

1. a 1-page cover letter describing personal background and interests and integrating both with Seney’s 2009 Comprehensive Conservation Plan (see URL link, above);

2. a detailed resume describing education, experiences, and skills;

3. unofficial copies of all college transcripts;

4. two (2) Letters of Recommendation that must include the name, affiliation, address, telephone number, and email address of each person writing a letter;

5. proof of full-time college enrollment for fall 2010.

Incomplete (or late) applications may not receive full consideration. For additional information, contact Dr. Corace at (906) 586-9851x 14 or

For more info, contact:

All information should be sent to:

Dr. Greg Corace


Seney National Wildlife Refuge

1674 Refuge Entrance Rd.

Seney, MI 49883

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