Gila River Basin Native Fishes Conservation Intern (1 opening)

Title:  Gila River Basin Native Fishes Conservation Intern (1 opening)

Start/End Date: January 8, 2024 December 6, 2024(anticipated)

Term Length:  48 weeks

Stipend: $600/week

Reports To: U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Region II Science Applications ” Conservation Biologist with Conservation and Adaptation Resources Toolbox (CART)

Location: 500 Gold Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Status: 1700-hour AmeriCorps Service term; 40 hours/week

Benefits: Additional housing allowance $200/week; professional development funds $1,500; AmeriCorps Education Award $6,495 and Public Lands Corps Certificate* – both with successful completion of the internship; health insurance eligible

AmeriCorps is the federal agency for national service and volunteerism. AmeriCorps provides opportunities for Americans of all backgrounds to serve their country, address the nation’s most pressing challenges, and improve lives and communities. Environmental stewardship programs help conserve natural habitats, improve energy efficiency, protect clean air and water, and help to mitigate the effects of climate change among other environmental efforts.

Conservation Corps New Mexico (CCNM)

Conservation Corps New Mexico, a program of Conservation Legacy and AmeriCorps partner, aims to continue the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930’s. CCNM is focused on connecting youth, young adults, and recent era military veterans with conservation service work projects on public lands. CCNM operates programs across southern New Mexico and western Texas that engage individuals and strengthen communities through service and conservation. The CCNM Las Cruces office manages the Individual Placement Program.


These Individual Placement Positions are unique development opportunities. Interns are paired with a local supervisor and gain technical, hands-on experience in the work of these organizations or agencies. Site supervisors commit to facilitate career development; provide an introduction to numerous pathways within the conservation field; and create accessible, meaningful, learning opportunities and experiences for interns.

Position Summary:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Science Applications is a non-regulatory program within the Service that tackles conservation issues no single Service program or partner can address alone. We bring partners together to identify shared conservation priorities and deliver scientific information and tools partnerships need to achieve conservation goals across the landscape. With a foundation of climate adaptation, our work sits at the nexus of landscape conservation, inclusive collaboration, and science support.

Our mission: facilitate partnerships that address shared conservation challenges to create a network of healthy lands and waters where fish, wildlife, plants, and people thrive.

We do this by:

  • Promoting an inclusive approach to conservation
  • Fostering science excellence, integrity, and innovation
  • Developing data-driven decision support tools that make collaborative conservation achievable

The selected intern will support CART, a peer-to-peer knowledge sharing platform that enhances collaborative conservation efforts at all scales by facilitating issue-based, not geography-based, knowledge sharing. CART, a multi-organizational partnership formed in 2017 between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Reclamation, supports natural resource managers and researchers in the Southwest, and more broadly North America, to answer questions such as who is doing what and where, what is working and what isn’t, and where can we find resources to help us improve our work on a similar issue? CART’s Communities of Practices (CoP) provides a forum for managers and researchers to regularly interact and learn how to conduct their work and achieve common goals more effectively. The intern will support CART’s Non-Native Aquatic Species CoP by developing useful tools to support knowledge sharing and decision-making.

Many non-native aquatic species have been introduced intentionally or unintentionally throughout freshwater systems. These species can present obstacles to achieving management objectives, ranging from recovery of native aquatic species to maintenance of water delivery infrastructure. The intern will develop decision-support tools specifically for the Gila River Basin Native Fishes Conservation Program (GRBNFCP). Additionally, this intern will develop case studies that document non-native fish control strategies and techniques to protect and enhance native fish populations across the Gila River Basin and greater Southwest region.

The intern will have the opportunity to regularly interact with biologists and managers across federal and state government agencies, NGOs, and academia through the development of case studies. In addition to being exposed to different conservation professionals, the intern will have an opportunity to learn about a diverse range of conservation topics. The CART team offers regular skill building sessions on analytical and writing skills, resume and CV development opportunities, as well as skill building opportunities for professional communication, collaboration, and time (and calendar) management. Additional training and professional development will be encouraged as needed to support product development.

Essential Responsibilities and Functions:

  • Develop Case Studies that document projects, methods, and technologies for

native fish conservation in the Gila River Basin.

  • Work with supervisor and Bureau of Reclamation partners to identify high priority

projects and research that can be synthesized into Case Studies.

  • Gather and synthesize information about on-the-ground natural resource

management programs and projects.

  • Conduct interviews with natural resource managers and researchers to support

case study development.

  • Create a public-facing, interactive web product that synthesizes management

of the eight Bureau of Reclamation fish barriers in the Gila River Basin.

  • Create web product mockups based on input from project partners using ArcGIS
  • Online, Power BI or other relevant web-based application.
  • Work with supervisor and Bureau of Reclamation partners to build out the overall

product structure for the public-facing web product.

  • Build a dashboard style module for one of the fish barriers, the Blue River Fish


  • Create a report or synthesis document detailing process, workflow, and future

product development recommendations.

  • Partnership support around management of native and non-native fishes.
  • Support CART’s Non-Native Aquatic Species, At-Risk Species, and Aquatic Restoration Communities of Practice.
  • Support planning and delivery of GRBNFCP technical, coordination, and reporting

meetings as needed.

  • Attend and participate in Arizona’s Statewide Native Fish Conservation Team Meetings and other region-specific native and non-native fish meetings.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Per federal grant requirements, this internship is for young adults between the ages of 18-30 (35 for veterans), inclusive, at the time the individual begins term of service.
  • The internship will be filled by an undergraduate or graduate student, or recent graduate in natural resources, conservation biology, biology, ecology, hydrology, climate science, environmental sciences/policy, social sciences/human dimensions of conservation, science communication, or other related fields.
  • The ideal candidate is a self-motivated team player with excellent analytical and writing skills.
  • Working proficiency in ArcGIS Online or other equivalent web-based applications.

Preferred Qualifications:

A student who is highly motivated to learn about natural resource management challenges and

opportunities, while gaining experience in science communication with the support of experienced mentors.

The ideal candidate will be excited to develop skills in time management, organization and

communication (scheduling, collaborative writing projects, email communication), partnership building, teamwork, writing (learning writing styles, accepting, and incorporating feedback, etc.), science communication, and interviewing.

To Apply: Please submit an updated resume and cover letter along with the online application at If you have questions, contact CCNM’s Individual Placement Program Director, Joy Hernandez, at