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Environmental Interpretation Internship – Fairfax, VA

Organization: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Position Title: Environmental Interpretation Intern

Location: Patuxent Research Refuge, Laurel, MD; duty station located in Fairfax County, VA

Hours & Compensation: 20-32 hours/week. $98-$156/week.

Position Dates: August 1, 2013 – June 15, 2014 (dates are negotiable),

Application Deadline: June 6, 2013.


Intern will be able to interact with a large number of environmental professionals and educators in formal and non-formal settings across the DC metro area and the State of Virginia. Intern will be part of a team establishing a relatively new program in environmental education in one of the largest school districts in the United States while also having the opportunity to work at a National Wildlife Refuge. Intern will experience first hand the implementation of the Eco Schools USA program across a school district.


  • Individual will primarily work off-refuge at a large public school system, and will provide quality environmental educational experiences for students, technical expertise to teachers and faculty, and promote the National Wildlife Refuge System’s role in creating environmental awareness among urban populations.
  • Employee will work with public school system and its partners to deliver value added environmental education programs; assist senior FWS and public school staff with development of internal and external partnerships; and assist with development/promotion of opportunities for service learning projects, such as recycling, schoolyard habitats, citizen science, etc.
  • Individual will work primarily in Fairfax County, but will report periodically to Patuxent Research Refuge for specific assignments, training opportunities, etc. Day to day supervision will be by Fairfax County Public School System staff.


  • Must have well-developed written and oral communication skills and leadership ability;
  • Be able to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Experience working with both children and adults.
  • A Bachelor’s degree (or pursuing) in education, natural resources, or related field is desired.
  • A working knowledge of computer programs such as Excel, Word, Power Point necessary.
  • Social Marketing interest a plus.
  • A valid driver’s is license necessary.

How to Apply: 

Send letter of interest, resume, and list of 3 references with phone numbers and/or email addresses to:

Brad Knudsen, Refuge Manager, Patuxent Research REfuge, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708-4027

Or via email to:; phone 301-497-5582.

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