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Student Conservation Association Bio-tech Intern in Arlington, Virginia

Bio-tech Intern

Expected Dates

February 13, 2022 to March 12, 2022


Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge

Position ID


Canada Lynx Research Technician *Please note this position is dependent on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s ability to run field operations in the winter. COVID-19 may impact this ability. The selected applicant will assist with live-capture and GPS collaring of Canada lynx on Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge in interior Alaska. Field work will involve traveling by snowmobile to remote cabins to establish, monitor and maintain traps. Technicians are expected work alongside a crew leader to conduct daily trap checks, collar lynx, and recover collars from mortality sites. Technicians are responsible for daily chores. These include maintaining cabins and snowmobiles, replenishing firewood as used, preparing meals, and collecting snow for drinking water. Applicants with experience operating snowmobiles and chainsaws, camping, and handling and recording scientific data on wild animals (especially predators) will be most competitive. Demonstrated ability to operate safely in extreme temperatures and remote locations is required. Cabins are heated with wood stoves and have no running water. An outhouse is available at each cabin site. Weather conditions vary, but applicants should expect temperatures to range from -20 to -50F with roughly 7 hours of daylight. Compensation amounts: · $600 - one time RT travel allowance (meant to subsidize travel costs to Tetlin NWR and back) · $400 - weekly living allowance · Housing *All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes Please include an attached 1-2 page resume with your SCA application. Strong preference will be given to candidates who possess prior experience working outside in cold and dark environments.

  • Location Description

Within the boundary of Tetlin NWR which is located within the Eastern Interior Portion of Alaska. This place is part of the northern boreal forest known for periods of extreme cold.

  • Training Provided

Snowmachine operator’s certification

  • Educational/Recreational Opportunities

Recreational opportunities include cross country skiing, snomachining, hunting, trapping, and more.

  • Handicap Accessible?


Main Area of Focus

Wildlife Mgmt

Education, Training & Skills Expected


some coursework or experience

Ecology & Restoration

some coursework or experience

Resource Management

some coursework or experience


competent with supervision

Field Research

competent with supervision


competent with supervision

Working with Animals

competent with supervision

All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)

competent with supervision

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible

Not Eligible

Driving Logistics

Valid Drivers License Needed

Housing or Stipend Provided?


A portion of this internship will be located in Tok where small cabins with access to internet, a full kitchen and bathroom will be available. Most of this internship will be spent in the field at small, remote cabins on the refuge. There is no running water, electricity, or cellular phone service at the worksites.



US Citizenship