FONWR Internship Program
Mentoring future conservation leaders.
Interns sponsored by Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge make a huge impact for conservation at your national wildlife refuge. Most interns are college students involved with Biology, Conservation, or Environmental Studies programs.
While gaining valuable work experience and assisting refuge staff with projects, refuge interns live and work at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge for 13 week terms. Internship opportunities are offered at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge year-round as funds are available. While the refuge provides free housing for interns, they do not have funds available to pay them for their time. The offer of free housing, a small living stipend while learning about conservation is a huge draw for students across the country. Through the generous support of our donors, Friends of Ottawa NWR sponsors 6-10 internships annually.
Visitor Services Volunteer/Internship Opportunity
June 5 - September 3, 2022
September 4 - December 2, 2022
Summary: Join the visitor services team at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and represent the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service during this unique internship opportunity. Gain experience facilitating curriculum based environmental education programs for K-12 students. Hone your skills conducting interpretive programs for a variety of public audiences. Enjoy conversations with the myriad of visitors you’ll meet while operating the visitor center. Adapt programs to a virtual setting and develop new programs. Build your resume and get a competitive edge as you begin a career.
Interns may work varied hours in adverse conditions. Applicants must be in good physical condition and possess a valid driver's license. Familiarity with interpretive techniques, public speaking, and computer skills is helpful.
40 hours per week; free housing; $400/week stipend
For more information, or to apply, submit cover letter, resume, and references to:
Visitor Services Specialist
14000 West State Route 2
Oak Harbor, OH 43449
419-898-0014 ext 17