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.
Skills working at the Joe Hogan Hatchery; Interest and educational background in biology (fisheries biology preferred), desire to work outdoors even in inclement weather, good computer skills, outgoing personality 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:
Intern works under the direct supervision of the Hatchery Biologist and/or Hatchery Technicians; Assists Joe Hogan State Fish Hatchery personnel with a variety of duties related to the production and propagation of warmwater sportfish for stocking into public waters in Arkansas; Performs and assists personnel with hatchery maintenance and operational activities; Intern will be required to travel to different locations within the state on a minimal basis; Assist other sections of the division as educational opportunities arise; Must have working knowledge of basic aquaculture techniques; Heavy physical demands in inclement weather; Expect to work varied hours during the week and weekends if outside under physical demands in a variety of inclement weather conditions; Also, applicants must have the ability or willingness to learn to operate ATVs, boats with motors, small shop tools including lawnmowers, weed eaters, skill saws, etc., and farm related equipment such as small tractors with implements.
$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.