Position: Outreach Intern
Duration: 3 Month Fellowship (12 weeks): Starting May 2021 - August 2021 (dates are dependent upon the start date)
Location: Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, 12985 E. U.S. Hwy. 50, Seymour, IN 47274
The Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge is nearly 8,000 acres composed of a variety of habitats including wetlands, forests and grasslands managed for the primary purpose of conserving migratory birds. It is located within an hour of Indianapolis IN, Louisville KY, and Cincinnati OH, and attracts about 175,000 visitors per year. The refuge provides many opportunities for outdoor recreation, including hunting, fishing, wildlife photography, wildlife observation, environmental education, and interpretation.
Fellows will develop new outreach programs specifically geared towards the local Hispanic community. Projects could include researching how the Hispanic community perceives the refuge, working with the Refuge’s Urban partners, designing bilingual brochures, setting up informational booths at community events, and planning and implementing a new community outreach event on the refuge. Fellow will also assist refuge staff with other visitor services duties, which include events, light maintenance, volunteer management, etc.
Fellows will work and communicate with a HAF Program Manager during their fellowship. Fellows will be expected to participate in scheduled conference calls, webinars, and meetings conducted throughout their term. Fellows will capture photos and/or videos for reporting purposes and submit 3 blog posts highlighting their experience and development.
The Ideal Candidate:
- Comfortable working independently outside, in all weather conditions
- Is good at networking and creating partnerships
- Is proficient in and enjoys writing and communicating clearly
- Has excellent customer service skills
- Has confidence in their ability to conduct successful interviews with a diversity of individuals;
- Is able to listen, ask questions and capture conversations resulting from the interviews
- Has the ability to plan and implement a wildlife dependent community event
- Ages 18 to 30; up to 35 for veterans
- Available to work full-time (40 hours per week) for 12 weeks/3 months
- Driver’s license required
- Fellow will be required to drive a government vehicle
- 3rd or 4th year undergraduate student, recent grads, or young professionals
- Preferred majors include: Natural Sciences, Social Science, Park Management or Education
- US citizenship or permanent residency. Interns must undergo a government background check if selected.
- Bilingual in Spanish preferred but not required
Stipend + Benefits:
- $400 weekly pay stipend based on a 40-hour workweek*
- Free onsite housing available
- Weekly commuting stipend available (up to budget limits)
- $500 transportation stipend to cover relocation costs
- Public Land Corp Eligibility – after completing 640 hours, PLC status provides special non-competitive hiring status when applying for federal positions
- This is a 1099 position. Persons paid on a 1099 basis are independent contractors and are self-employed. Independent contractors are required to pay all self-employment taxes (Social Security & Medicare) as well as income tax. Independent contractors generally do not receive any type of employment benefits from the client. For more information please refer to www.irs.gov or talk with a tax professional.
HAF is managing the recruitment for these positions. All applications should be submitted through HAF’s MANO Project application page. A resume and two references will be required for submission. Your application or resume should include professional and educational experience, along with any awards, technical skills or volunteer activities. Application questions or issues may be directed to Marlene Manzo at firstname.lastname@example.org or Michelle Neuenschwander at email@example.com.
Applications for this position are due on Monday, February 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm. Phone interviews and final decisions will be made by late February.
Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge exists to protect, enhance, and manage wildlife habitat not only for federal trust species like migratory birds but to support community-led natural resource conservation for future generations to enjoy.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mission:
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
Hispanic Access Foundation Mission:
Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization that connects Latinos to partners and opportunities improving lives and creating an equitable society. HAF’s vision is that all Hispanics throughout the U.S. enjoy good physical health, a healthy natural environment, a quality education, economic success and civic engagement in their communities with the sum improving the future of America.