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TN Wildlife Federation

Biology Intern

TN Wildlife Federation


Job Summary

Biology Intern

Nashville, TN


Founded in 1946 and headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee Wildlife Federation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to leading the conservation, sound management, and wise use of Tennessee’s wildlife and great outdoors. For 75 years, it has been one of the leading voices for sportsmen, wildlife enthusiasts, and conservation.


Its work is diverse, spanning public policy to habitat conservation. The Federation’s Conservation Policy program engages in legislative and regulatory matters on the local, state and federal levels that affect Tennessee’s natural resources and the interests of those who care about them. Hunters for the Hungry, provides more than a half-million meals annually to hungry Tennesseans through venison donations. Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program, promotes the shooting sports and an outdoor lifestyle to nearly 2,000 student-athletes across the state. Hunting and Fishing Academy provides hands-on outdoor experiences to our next generation of sportsmen and women. Tennessee Wildlife Federation is actively involved in wildlife and habitat stewardship initiatives through its Habitat Conservation program.


Tennessee Wildlife Federation seeks a dynamic individual to join its habitat conservation team based in its Nashville office. This part-time position (25-35 hrs/week) is a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field of natural resources conservation. Significant travel throughout Tennessee is required. Compensation will be based on experience.


The Biology Internship is a temporary, paid position. Start and end dates can be flexible within the project’s three to six month period. Prior to or at the end of this time period, the Federation may choose to extend this internship for a longer term. The intern and supervisors will finalize a work schedule at the beginning of the internship.


Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities: Under the general supervision of the Director of Conservation, the candidate will complete the following duties:

  • Collect wetland vegetation data at established monitoring sites
  • Download and analyze hydrological monitoring data
  • Review data sets using GIS and online resources
  • Conduct site visits to habitat restoration projects and lands protected by TWF
  • Prepare monitoring reports and spreadsheets

Duties: The biology intern is expected to work set hours per week (as agreed to in advance by the intern and supervisor) and is required to perform the following tasks:

  • Conduct habitat restoration and worksite related research
  • Provide support to habitat conservation team staff
  • Travel as needed or directed to cover assignments
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor


Key Qualifications: As a prerequisite, the successful candidate must believe in the core values of Tennessee Wildlife Federation and be driven by the mission. The candidate will have the following attributes and experience:

  • Have relevant experience and/or relevant education in biology
  • Experience with plant identification in Tennessee
  • Attention to detail and ability to balance multiple demands
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Familiarity with GIS is a plus

Personal Characteristics:

  • Must have a passion for the Federation’s mission
  • Professional and friendly, able to handle the day-to-day ups and downs with efficiency and a sense of humor
  • Strong work ethic with the ability to reject setbacks and enthusiastically persist until goals are achieved
  • Results oriented-team player who is accountable for their own performance
  • Approaches work from the Federation’s point of view rather than personal

Ethical Hunting Practices:  Federation staff know and respect the game hunted, follow all related laws, familiarize themselves with wildlife in the area and behave accordingly.  As an employee of the Federation, all employees are expected to follow all state and federal hunting and fishing guidelines and practice ethical and fair chase practices while executing or assisting with program events or in your personal outings afield.


Additional Information


Tennessee Wildlife Federation is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

How to Apply

Application Instructions:

  • To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and references to . Submit each required document separately, as a pdf, attached to your email.  The filename of each document must start with your last name and first initial, followed by the name of the document (Ex: DoeJ-Resume)
  • Candidates who auto-send LinkedIn or other automated replies using existing profiles or forms will not be considered for the position.
  • Phone calls regarding the position will not be accepted.


  • Date Posted: June 14, 2022
  • Type: Part-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Environment
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk., M-F 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, some weekends.