Internships Available

Internships for 2017

The Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge sponsors internships throughout the year in Biology, Visitor Services, Vegetation Management, and Prescribed Fire. Internships are available to any qualified person 18 years or older with a valid driver’s license.

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge InternshipThe internship will generally run 9 – 12 weeks, with interns needed from March through December. Timing of internship is flexible, with positions available spring, summer, and fall. The intern will receive a stipend of $3600 – $4800 to cover expenses. Housing will not be provided, but nearby housing may be available for rent. Refuge staff will work with students to fulfill internship credit requirements at individual universities. Non-students are eligible to apply.

Biology interns will be a crucial part of the prairie and savanna restoration work, including monitoring and controlling invasive species, propagation of plants in a greenhouse, planting out seedlings, biological monitoring, hand-harvesting seeds of native prairie plants, and data entry.

Visitor Services interns will assist Neal Smith NWR staff in a diversity of Visitor Services projects including: environmental education, curriculum development, program presentations, Partner School Program development, staffing the Visitor Center information desk, assistance with public special events, and trail maintenance.

Vegetation Management interns will be an important part of the prairie and savanna restoration work. Duties will include locating, mapping, monitoring and controlling weedy and/or invasive species. Control methods will typically include mechanical and chemical means. However, Fall interns may be involved in prescribed fire control activities.

Prescribed Fire interns will assist Neal Smith NWR staff in a diversity of prescribed fire and wildfire suppression activities and projects including: burn operations and preparation on and off refuge, equipment maintenance, equipment operations, cache inventory and organization, general wildfire readiness, fire effects monitoring, updating of prescribed fire brochure, participation in national mobility efforts, tree cutting, and other duties on the refuge as needed.

Internship Information Coming Soon

Biology Internships

Spring and Summer Visitor Services/Environmental Education Internship

Vegetation Management Internships

Prescribed Fire Interships


P.O. Box 399
9981 Pacific St.
Prairie City, IA 50228
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The refuge roads and trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.

The Prairie Learning and Visitor Center is open year-round.
Regular Hours:
Monday-Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 12-5pm

Winter hours:
December 1-February 28
Monday-Saturday from 9am-4pm; closed Sunday.

We are open on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day; we are closed on all other Federal holidays.