Must be a full-time student enrolled in the 2018 spring semester in an accredited college or university, completed a minimum of 60 semester hours as of May 1, 2018, declared a major and have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Must also meet one of the following criteria: a resident of Arkansas enrolled in any college or university; a resident foreign exchange student enrolled in an Arkansas college or university; or, a nonresident enrolled in an Arkansas college or university. Applicant must demonstrate prior coursework or knowledge related to work area. Selected intern will coordinate directly with their college or university to obtain course credit for their work.
Interest and educational background in biology (fisheries biology preferred), desire to work outdoors even in inclement weather, good computer skills, and ability to communicate with the general public, peers and supervisors; Basic knowledge of fisheries science and aquaculture principles/techniques, and a basic knowledge regarding identification of native flora and fauna; Laboratory skills involving water quality sampling and testing will be a plus.
The AGFC’s internship program allows students to gain practical experience and meet hands-on training requirements necessary to earn their degrees and gain valuable career-oriented experience.
Program Goals and Opportunities:
Students participating in the competitive internship program are provided an opportunity to:
Interns will assist biologists with biological assessments of fish populations in streams and lakes. They will assist with sampling animal populations, sampling habitat, data entry, aging fish, and maintaining marine and research equipment. The intern will assist the Stream Fisheries Program with surveys for imperiled petition species for listing. The intern will assist with water temperature monitoring using optic tidbit loggers. The intern will assist Fisheries District 10 with habitat projects and water quality monitoring at area lakes. The intern will assist with collection of Smallmouth Bass for genetics projects. The intern may assist the furbearer biologist with surveys of bats. Interns will also be required to assist with habitat projects. Other duties as assigned.
$12.75 per hour (maximum of 400 hours). Flexible work schedule available during May, June, July, and August.
All applicants are subject to a criminal background check.
As an equal opportunity employer, the Commission will make any reasonable accommodations necessary to ensure equal employment opportunities.