Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is sponsoring several refuge biology internships at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge for 2013. Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is a unique ecological restoration project featuring endangered tallgrass prairie and oak savanna ecosystems. Refuge biology interns will be a crucial part of monitoring and applied prairie and savanna restoration work, including monitoring plants and wildlife, propagating plants in a greenhouse, planting out seedlings, hand-harvesting seeds of native prairie plants, and data entry and management. Each intern will receive a stipend of $2880 to $3840 for 9-12 weeks. Qualifications: Any qualified person 18 years or older with a valid driver’s license is eligible for an internship. Refuge Biology interns must have an interest in native plants and a strong desire to learn about prairie and savanna ecosystems and restoration. Experience identifying prairie plants is strongly preferred. Must enjoy working outdoors and be willing to walk through dense, tall grass, do physical work outside during hot, humid weather, and tolerate stinging and biting bugs and plants and other discomforts of working in nature. Most important are sincere interest, enthusiasm, and a good work ethic. Other desirable skills for Biology interns include experience in greenhouse propagation, GPS, computer skills, writing skills, and research field experience. To Apply: Submit the following: 1) a one-page cover letter describing why you would like to participate in this internship program and what you hope to gain from this experience, including dates you are available, 2) a detailed resume noting education, experience, and skills, including 3 references and their phone numbers, and 3) a letter of recommendation written by an educator or employer. For Refuge Biology Internships, information should be sent to: Karen Viste-Sparkman, Refuge Biologist, Neal Smith NWR, PO Box 399, Prairie City, IA 50228.