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Conservation Intern: Research – Florida
National Audubon Society
$8.10/hr + housing
Last Date to Apply
The Conservation Intern will gain valuable hands-on experience and professional skills in ecology and conservation. Working at the 13,000-acre Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in southwestern Florida, the intern will assist with ecological monitoring and research at Audubon’s Western Everglades Research Center. The position will be a combination of field work (25%) and office/laboratory activities (75%).
This full-time three-month internship will run from mid-May through mid-August 2017 and will not exceed 40 hours per week, with occasional weekend work as needed.
On-site housing is required and provided due to the relatively remote location of the Sanctuary and early field hours. Housing is a furnished one-level dormitory-style building. There are 4 private bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 joined kitchens, a living room and a screened porch. Wireless internet, water, electricity and local phone service are provided. Housing will be shared with interns and/or visiting researchers.
Under the guidance of Audubon research staff, the intern will develop skills in a variety of ecological research and monitoring activities, including:
Monitoring wetland hydrology using groundwater wells (fitted with digital data loggers) and staff gauges and collecting weather data
Monitoring wetland wildlife to guide conservation and restoration. Wildlife monitoring will include a combination of fish and aquatic macroinvertebrate sampling, herpetofauna surveys, small-mammal trapping (tentative project), and medium- and large-sized mammal monitoring using trail cameras;
Laboratory processing of aquatic fauna samples and trail camera images;
Data entry and data management associated with research and monitoring activities and ongoing citizen science programs; and
Communicating science to technical and lay audiences, which may include assistance with preparation of research reports and other technical publications, writing newsletter articles, using social media and/or giving on-site public presentations.
Interns are expected to assist with additional Sanctuary events and activities, as needed.
The candidate must:
Be currently enrolled in or a recent graduate of an institution of higher learning, pursuing a degree in environmental science or related field (ecology coursework preferred);
Demonstrate strong attention to detail in field, laboratory, and office activities. Strong skills in MS Excel are required and experience with MS Access and ArcGIS are preferred;
Excel in interpersonal communication and at working independently and as part of a team;
Demonstrate the ability to exercise sound judgment and adaptability to changing work conditions;
Possess a valid driver’s license (experience with ATVs and 4WD vehicles is a plus); and
Be able to make a full 3-month summer 2017 commitment (dates are flexible).
Physical requirements include:
Ability to work long hours in the field in sub-tropical wetland environments, exposed to harsh South Florida environment (sun, biting insects, severe summer storms), sometimes alone and carrying field gear (up to 40 lbs.) for extended periods; and
Ability and willingness to work in murky waters and thick vegetation that serve as home for potentially dangerous wildlife such as alligators and venomous snakes.
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