At nearly 96,000 acres, Seney National Wildlife Refuge (Seney NWR) in
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP) is one of the larger National Wildlife
Refuges east of the Mississippi River. 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: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/seney/

During the summer of 2015, Seney NWR will offer 2-3 Applied Sciences
Program internships. These positions will last for up to 12 weeks, with
extensions through the autumn possible. Work usually begins mid-to late
May, but some flexibility in starting and ending dates exists. Assigned
duties will be wide-ranging and will provide an immersion in
ecologically-based land management and applied research, with past
interns assisting as crew leader(s). Most land management is not for
single species, but integrates landscape ecology, disturbance ecology,
wetland and forest ecology, and restoration ecology principles. While
the primary goal of the internship is to yield the Applied Sciences
Program a field crew, an array of learning opportunities is provided to
broaden the intern experience. Because of this, interns will be
challenged as one would M.S. students enrolled in field-based degrees
and intellectual, physical, and emotional maturity and toughness are
expected.

Assigned duties will include, but are not limited to, assisting with a
combination of biological and ecological assessments and inventories
(e.g., forest stand assessments and inventories, bird surveys and
censuses, frog and toad surveys, colonial waterbird surveys); assisting
with habitat management (e.g., forest management, invasive species
management); and assisting with on-going research (see
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Seney/what_we_do/research.html). Work is
weather-dependent, with some projects done rain or shine. Interns must
therefore be flexible and willing to adapt to changes for these and
other unforeseen circumstances. Interns will be provided certification
in ATV/UTV use and certification as State of Michigan pesticide
applicators (both at no expense).

Applicants should be currently or recently enrolled as an undergraduate,
have a GPA >3.0, be inquisitive and able to solve problems, enjoy
working outside and in remote settings, be experienced with
orienteering, be physically fit, be able to handle buggy conditions, be
able to work independently or as a part of a team with a crew leader,
have solid communication skills, and have a valid driver’s license.
Interns are provided $200/week stipends for a 40 to 50-hour work week
that may include some weekends. It is also expected that interns
complete readings and projects after work hours, if necessary. Seney NWR
will provide dorm-style housing, laundry facilities, and a work vehicle
at no charge. Interns must have their own transportation for personal
use; many outdoor recreations opportunities exist in the UP. Those
applicants who are interviewed will be given the names and contact
information of past interns for reference purposes.

To apply, a SINGLE .pdf file (<6 MB) of the following material must be
received via email sent to Greg_Corace@fws.gov before 0900 h ET on
Monday, 9 February 2015:

1. a 1-page cover letter describing personal background and interests
and a discussion on how these relate to Seney’s mission (see URLs,
above, also the posted Habitat Management Plan for more information);
2. a detailed resume describing education, work experiences, and skills;
3. unofficial copies of all college transcripts;
4. two (2) Letters of Recommendation (LOR) that must include the name,
affiliation, telephone number, and email address of each author. One (1)
Letter must come from a past employer not associated with a university
and demonstrate the candidate’s ability to accomplish independent work.
Practical skills (i.e., ability to work with one’s hands) are highly
valued.

No hardcopy material or other material (e.g., LOR) sent separately by
any other form will be accepted. For your protection, please do not
include your social security number or other personal numbers such as
driver license number, etc. Applications will be reviewed as they arrive
and until the positions are filled. Decisions should be made within one
week after the closing date. Incomplete (or late) applications may not
receive full consideration. For additional information:

Dr. Greg Corace
Applied Sciences Program
Seney National Wildlife Refuge
1674 Refuge Entrance Rd.
Seney, MI 49883
Greg_Corace@fws.gov
906.586.9851×14

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