Internship Location: Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 2127 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport OR 97365. This is a dual duty station position which will require the intern to reside in free housing at Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge for one full week each month.

Length of Internship: December 3, 2012 through August 30, 2013

Internship Summary: The Coordinator will intern for both Shoreline Education for Awareness (a non-profit refuge support group) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Specifically, the Coordinator is responsible for organizing, coordinating and implementing outreach and environmental education programs for school aged children and the general public on the function of marine and coastal estuarine ecosystems with particular emphasis on the wildlife of these ecosystems. The direct service project will be to bring increased understanding and awareness of coastal wildlife conservation to schools, visitors, and residents through both classroom and field based environmental education programs, slide shows, festivals, and special events.

General Responsibilities (to include, but not limited to):

• Assist Shoreline Education for Awareness with the development of environmental education programs

• Assist Shoreline Education for Awareness with the development of outreach materials.

• Foster an appreciation, understanding and responsibility for coastal wildlife and habitat among local communities

• Take the lead in organizing and coordinating monthly in-class lessons to 4th-5th grade students participating in the Shorebird Sister Schools Program including leading field trips

• Assist with the planning and implementation of refuge outreach programs and special events for all ages that focus on wildlife conservation and the effects of global climate change on estuaries

• Serve as a rocky shore and seabird interpreter at popular state park and refuge viewing decks along the coast that overlook seabird and marine mammal rookeries

• Organize, advertise and lead water-based canoe and kayak interpretive tours through Siletz Bay and Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuges during the summer of 2013

• Assist with general office duties directly related to outreach and education


Internship Requirements (you must have all of these to qualify):

• Bachelor’s Degree, or higher, in the field of natural resources

• U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident

• Possession of a valid driver’s license

• Experience with and a desire to work with children in a formal classroom setting and outdoors

• A cooperative manner and the ability to work as part of a team and independently

• Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, evenings, and extensive overnight travel


Preferred Qualifications (these are not required to qualify for the position)

• Ability to withstand adverse weather conditions including incessant rain and biting wind

• Familiarity with marine and estuarine ecosystems

• Good written and oral communication skills

• Experience working with the media (press releases, interviews) including social media skills

• Ability to speak Spanish


Benefits Include:

• A taxable, monthly living allowance of $1,000.

• Upon successful completion of the term of service, you will receive an end of service award of $1,000.

• Professional development, trainings and networking opportunities.

• Free housing at Siletz Bay and Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge including utilities. Sorry no pets allowed.


Transportation Information:

• Government vehicle is available for government activities. You will need your own vehicle to commute to and from the job site.


How to Apply:

Send a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to Dawn Grafe at the email address below by October 21, 2012.

Questions about the internship?

Dawn Grafe

Visitor Services Manager

Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex

2127 SE Marine Science Drive

Newport OR 97365