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Intern Clerk II-III-IV (Field Intern)

at Texas Parks and Wildlife

Pay: $12 to $13.5/hour
$12 - $13.5
Posted: 2/10/2019
Job Status: Internship
Job Reference #: 2329446

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

General Description

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Student Internship Program introduces interested college students to career opportunities in positions located statewide and job settings to gain practical experience and training in natural and cultural resource fields.

Under the immediate supervision of the Area Manager/Assistant Area Managers at the Trans-Pecos Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), the Intern is responsible for assisting with implementing appropriate ecosystem management strategies to emphasize wildlife/habitat management, restoration and enhancement.  Provides assistance in conducting baseline inventories of vegetation, small mammals, herps, and birds, and with the preparation of voucher specimens.  Helps in conducting censuses and monitoring of wildlife populations and habitat.  Provides assistance to Area staff members with ongoing research activities.  Collects GPS data to aid in the development of the area GIS.  Assists with habitat enhancements including: installation and maintenance of wildlife water developments, and grazing improvements (water, fences, and others).  Assists in maintenance, development and construction of Area facilities including critical public access improvements.  After completion of the program, the Intern will benefit from the following: (1) Issues affecting the wildlife profession; (2) Ecosystem management; (3) Management strategies which emphasize wildlife/habitat management, restoration, and enhancement; (4) Tools used in managing wildlife populations and habitat; (5) Baseline inventory techniques; (6) Techniques for monitoring wildlife populations and habitat; (7) Management Area operations; and (8) Desert ecosystems.  Performs additional duties as assigned.

Paid internships are available in various Divisions depending on available funding.  The student internship program employment period varies depending on the specific intern opportunity.  NOTE: If selected for a paid opportunity, intern will be paid at the rate of pay reflected from the completed hours at time of application.


Qualification Guidelines

  • Current enrollment as an undergraduate or graduate student in an accredited college or university;
  • Minimum of 18 completed semester credit hours from an accredited college or university at the time of application;
  • Must have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 grade point scale or "Pass" on a Pass/Fail system.    
  • None required.   
  • If driving is required, applicant must possess a valid State driver's license.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of native and non-native wildlife, vegetation, habitats and land use practices in Texas Trans-Pecos region;
  • Skill in MS Word, Excel and Outlook;
  • Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
  • Skill in effective interaction with staff at all levels of the department and other state agencies and organizations;
  • Skill in the use of personal computers;
  • Ability to safely operate and maintain heavy equipment (including but not limited to tractors and associated implements; ATVs/UTVs; four-wheeled drive and off-road vehicles);
  • Ability to safely operate powered and non-powered hand tools and other equipment as assigned;
  • Ability to use GPS and radio telemetry equipment;
  • Ability to collect and analyze scientific data;
  • Ability to maintain assigned equipment in good working condition;
  • Ability to safely work independently with little or no supervision;
  • Ability to work as a member of a team;
  • Ability to perform manual labor including lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;
  • Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program.

Additional Information

  • Required to work from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday;
  • Required to work on holidays, weekends and hours other than 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as necessary;
  • Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions;
  • Required to perform manual labor including lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;
  • Lodging available;
  • Required to maintain order and cleanliness of lodging;
  • May be required to operate a State vehicle;
  • Required to travel 15% with possible overnight stays;
  • Must conform to TPWD dress and grooming standards, work rules and safety procedures;
  • Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.
In order to be considered for this position, the following information is required:
  • Submission of a completed online application;
  • Work history experience MUST be completed in the online application;
  • Must attach copy of official or unofficial college transcript(s) issued from accredited college/university to the online application. (Unofficial transcripts must have full name and college/university's name);
  • Transcript must reflect current college/university classes in progress at time of application;
  • Degree plans will NOT be accepted;
  • Applicants must attach a DD214 or other supporting documentation to the online application to claim Veterans Preference.
NOTE: Resume and professional references may be attached to the online application, but not in place of the completed application.  A skills test may be conducted at time of interview.
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