Karner Blue Butterfly Intern

The St. Croix River Association
Internships - Paid
New Richmond, WI

Karner Blue Butterfly Intern


Applications will be reviewed and considered as they are received, and interviews will occur as qualified candidates emerge. Apply soon! 


Part of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Cooperative Recovery Initiative Program, a partnership of the St. Croix River Association and the St. Croix Wetland Management District


The St. Croix River Association (SCRA) is currently recruiting applicants for up to two Karner Blue Butterfly Internships at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s St. Croix Wetland Management District Office in New Richmond, WI during the summer of 2019. Positions will be 12 weeks.


The St. Croix Wetland Management District is one of thirty-eight wetland Management Districts established for providing migratory bird and waterfowl nesting and migration habitat through the central portion of the United States. 

Learn more at: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/st_croix_wmd/


SCRA (www.stcroixriverassociation.org) is a nonprofit organization that protects, restores and​ celebrates the St. Croix River and its watershed, and serves as the official non-profit partner of the National Park. 


Description of Internship

These positions are duty stationed within the St. Croix Wetland Management District Office in New Richmond, Wisconsin and are supervised by the District Wildlife Biologist.  They provide students with practical work experience in the field of Karner blue butterfly habitat management, native plant identification, invasive species control, and will provide a solid introduction to public lands management.  This internship provides exposure to multiple U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service career opportunities with a special emphasis on biology and habitat management.


Major Duties

Both interns will work with the District Wildlife Biologist to conduct monitoring of Karner blue butterfly habitat, wild lupine seed collection and planting on the federally managed St. Croix Wetland Management District and the state managed Crex Meadows/Fish Lake Wildlife Areas.

  • 70% of the time will be spent (1) creating assisting with the creation of a density monitoring strategy for wild lupine and other flowering plant species on Waterfowl Production areas, (2) collecting wild lupine seed and expanding patches on wild lupine within the District, and (3) update existing GIS layers to develop a wild lupine distribution map. 
  • 30% of the intern’s time will be spent training for pesticide application, UTV training, and working with district staff members and volunteers on various other monitoring projects (monarch) and habitat management.   


  • Hourly wage dependent on experience and other needs
  • UTV, Pesticide, Ag Tractor Training.


Skills Required

  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • College student or recent graduate with coursework in natural, physical or cultural sciences; GIS; database management; land use planning; resource interpretation; natural or cultural resource management; outdoor recreation; or park/recreation management.
  • Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team, be detail-oriented and organized, and follow oral and written directions.
  • Good oral and written communication skills. Ability to provide information and safety messages to visitors.
  • Basic computer familiarity, Microsoft Office programs, work with GIS (required for GIS Intern; preferable for Planning Intern).
  • Valid state driver's license is required.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds independently, 50 pounds with assistance.


Work Site and Conditions

  • Intern will be based at the St. Croix Wetland Management District Office in New Richmond, Wisconsin.
  • 75% of work will be in the field performing monitoring and data collection related to Karner blue Butterfly habitat. 
  • 25% of the work will be in the office reconciling field data, preparing public presentations, and wild lupine distribution maps.  All work will involve some physical activity, including walking, standing for long periods of time, and safely operating equipment.  
  • Internship will run from mid-May through mid-August 2018.
  • An internship of 12-14 weeks is preferred. Flexibility in length of the internship is negotiable with prior approval.
  • Work schedule is primarily Monday through Friday.
  • A fingerprint and background check is required.


How to Apply

Send all of the following information:

  1. Cover letter.  State the internship you are applying for and why are you interested in the internship and working at the Riverway.
  2. Detailed resume, including work experience
  3. Three references


Email to:

Jaime Souza, River Connections Steward

St. Croix River Association


(715) 483-3300


Deadline:  Applications will be reviewed & considered as they are received, so apply soon!