Internships Available

Internships for 2015

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.

Internships Now Available

2015 Biology Internships

2015 Spring and Summer Visitor Services/Environmental Education Internship

2015 Vegetation Management Internships

2015 Prescribed Fire Internships

Trails and Auto Tour open everyday from dawn to dusk.

The Visitor Center is open* to the general public:
Monday - Saturday
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

*Visitor Center hours may change seasonally. Call 515-994-3400 before your visit to check for possible changes.

Closed Federal Holidays EXCEPT:
Memorial Day
4th of July
Labor Day

Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 114
Prairie City, Iowa 50228

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For more information on Visitor Center hours, tours or meetings & special event facilities contact the refuge at:

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
9981 Pacific St.
PO Box 399
Prairie City, IA 50228-0399
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