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Student Conservation Association Environmental Education & Visitor Services Intern in Arlington, Virginia

Environmental Education & Visitor Services Intern

Expected Dates

April 5, 2020toApril 2, 2021


Presquile National Wildlife Refuge

Position ID


The Environmental Educator/Visitor Services Intern will be responsible for assisting the refuge in conducting the following activities: leading and supporting environmental education for students K-12; working with a small team of educators to support curriculum-based programming for youth visiting the James River Ecology School at Presquile National Wildlife Refuge; developing and presenting a variety of interpretive programs including orientation talks, nature walks and wildlife demonstrations to a diversity of general public audiences and organized groups; assist with the management of wildlife dependent recreation opportunities such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education and interpretation; developing or revising outreach materials, brochures, web content, exhibits and signs; draft written materials including news releases, articles correspondence and event flyers; assist in maintaining facilities, grounds, and conducting day-to-day operations.

In addition to Presquile NWR, the intern will assist with programming at all wildlife refuges within the Complex (Rappahannock NWR, James River NWR, and Plum Tree Island NWR).

Candidate will participate in extensive hiking and paddling. High level of physical fitness and dexterity is required. Position requires selectee to be comfortable in working outdoors, with others, and individually. Previous experience working with youth and around the water is preferable. Work schedule will include weekends and evenings. Strong communication skills are required. Housing is available at Presquile NWR and Rappahannock NWR. A portion of the time the intern will stay at Presquile NWR and at other times at Rappahannock NWR.Intern Benfits:

  • One-time travel allowance of $1,100 (personal vehicle is required for this position)

  • Health insurance

  • $225 / week living allowance

  • Shared housing on site

  • Eligible for an AmeriCorps education award

  • Location Description

Presquile National Wildlife Refuge was officially established in 1953 “for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds.” It is an important stopover site to migratory birds as they travel up and down the Atlantic Flyway. In addition, the 1,329 acre island refuge provides protected breeding habitat for State-listed threatened and endangered species, as well as many neo-tropical migrating bird species. Hundreds of native plant and animal species thrive in the isolated wetlands, forests, and grasslands.

  • Training Provided

CPR/First AidDiversity & InclusionCanoe/KayakDefensive DriverEffective Communicationsother opportunistic training as available

  • Educational/Recreational Opportunities

Activities available to the member include: hiking, kayaking/canoeing, wildlife observation, etc.

  • Handicap Accessible?


Main Area of Focus

Education and Interpretation

Education, Training & Skills Expected


some coursework or experience

Bird Identification

some experience


some experience

Plant Identification

some experience

Working with Children

some experience

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible


Driving Logistics

Valid Drivers License Needed

Personal Vehicle Required

The work site is on a remote island. The intern will need to access to get food, travel to and from destinations outside of work.

Housing or Stipend Provided?


Housing will be provided in theMenenak Discovery Center at Presquile National Wildlife Refuge. The multi-purpose facility offers private quarters for the intern. Facility includes: full kitchen, full bath, and climate control. The LEED-compliant building is constructed with sustainable materials, and is powered by solar panels. The island's natural setting offers a tranquil retreat from the Richmond metro region.



US Citizenship