Overview

Expected Dates April 4, 2022 to July 24, 2022
Site  San Marcos Aquatic Resource Center
Position ID PO-00732647
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is seeking a person to serve as a Conservation Intern to assist our Edwards Aquifer Refugia Program, located at the San Marcos Aquatic Resources Center in San Marcos, Texas. The position requires a person familiar with fish and wildlife, including threatened and endangered aquatic species. This position will focus on one of of the major objectives of the program, to collect and maintain species in captivity in the course of developing and providing a fully functioning refugia for species covered in the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan. The intern will work alongside federal biologists and biological technicians with the husbandry of aquatic salamander, invertebrate, fish, and plant species.

Duties will include assisting with the daily feeding of captive organisms, aquarium cleaning and maintenance, water quality testing and data logging. There may be the potential to assist with the field collection of organisms in spring-fed rivers. Candidates for this position will need to be comfortable lifting up to 50lbs on unstable terrain, potentially working outside and wading in flowing water.

This position provides:
Living Allowance $480 per week
This position does NOT provide housing or travel allowance.
(local candidates only due to lack of housing)

AmeriCorps Education Award available upon successful completion of this position is $1,678.57.

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

It is SCA’s policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position’s start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position’s start date will be delayed due to non-compliance.

Conditions of Employment
Required to demonstrate full vaccination status for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Authorized or FDA-approved COVID-10 vaccine;
OR
Receive from SCA a reasonable accommodation granting an exception from vaccine requirements based on a medical disability or because of a sincerely held religious belief. Additional information and instructions regarding how to request a reasonable accommodation will be provided at the time of selection.

Conditions of Employment
Required to demonstrate full vaccination status for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Authorized or FDA-approved COVID-10 vaccine;
OR
Receive from SCA a reasonable accommodation granting an exception from vaccine requirements based on a medical disability or because of a sincerely held religious belief. Additional information and instructions regarding how to request a reasonable accommodation will be provided at the time of selection.

  • San Marcos is between San Antonio and Austin Texas.
  • If necessary, the intern will be trained in non-motorized boating (kayak or canoes).
  • The selected SCA intern will receive hands on experience working with a wide range of endangered aquatic species. Opportunities to gain field collection experience will be available.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Wildlife Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
degree minor or extensive experience
Data Entry
competent without supervision
Field Research
competent with supervision
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Working with Animals
some experience