Flyer: USFWS_CDIP_2015

Greetings and Happy Holidays,

I am writing to get your assistance with helping to spread the word about several 12-week paid internship program for undergraduates with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) through the Student Conservation Association’s (SCA) Career Discovery Internship Program (CDIP).

SCA has partnered with the FWS to provide paid ($$$) summer internships for undergraduate students (first and second year students during the 2014-2015 academic year) from culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds. Benefits include: housing, orientation, weekly living allowance, travel expenses to and from orientation, hands-on experience, and being paired with a FWS mentor.

Internships are located across the U.S.; from Alaska to the Southwest, Midwest, Southeast, and Northeast.

Also see attachment AND link below for additional information.

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In addition to other stations seeking intern applicants, the Refuge (Upper Miss River) that I work on will be filling one of these intern positions in northwest Illinois (~150 miles west of Chicago). Online applications should become live shortly after the new year. Feel free to have anyone interested in working in northwest IL to send me their resume, in addition to applying online. Again applications should become live on the internet shortly after the new year.

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Savanna, IL) Biological Technician Intern:


Intern will assist with duties which include, but are not limited to: conducting biological surveys of wildlife and habitats, avian nesting and production surveys, and fish surveys; assisting with scientific research, data collection and entry into a database; conducting radio telemetry studies of wildlife; monitoring and assisting with control of invasive and pest plants; habitat management; environmental education/interpretation; facilities maintenance; outreach/coordination of the biological program with partners; and other duties as required. Valid driver’s license is required. Personal vehicle strongly recommended only for the purpose of driving from residence to main office.  Once intern reaches main office, government vehicles will be provided for performing daily work related activities.


Jeramie T. Strickland

Wildlife Biologist

US Fish & Wildlife Service

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge

7071 Riverview Road, Thomson IL 61285

Ph: 815-273-2732  Fax: 815-273-2960