Restoration Ecology Intern: Florida

Archbold Biological Station
Venus, FL
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The intern will live on site in dorm-style housing and receive breakfasts and lunches on weekdays, a weekly meal allowance of $54, and a weekly stipend of $100.
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A Restoration Ecology Internship is available at Archbold Biological Station in south-central Florida, with shared responsibilities in the Restoration Ecology Program (supervised by Dr. Betsie Rothermel), the Plant Ecology Program (Dr. Eric Menges) and Land Management (Archbold Land Manager, Kevin Main). The intern will conduct an independent project with a field component in sandhill restoration, and also work as a research/land management assistant for 20 hours per week implementing sandhill restoration, including control of invasive plants. The intern will be an integral part of a team restoring sandhill at Archbold Biological Station using a combination of fire, mowing, and herbiciding/pulling of exotic plants, as well as experimental plantings of desired native species. The restoration area supports a population of gopher tortoises and many endangered plants. The intern will also have opportunities to assist with other long-term monitoring and research projects in plant ecology and herpetology. This internship is supported by a grant from the Ecological Society of America.

Archbold interns work half-time (average of 20 hours per week) as research assistants and the rest of their time developing and implementing an independent project. This internship will run for approximately 7 months (May–December). Our internships provide an opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of scientific research, from project development and data collection to oral and written presentations, providing ideal preparation for graduate research in ecology.
A Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental science, or a related field; highly motivated and enthusiastic about living and working in a rural field-station setting; able to safely operate 4WD vehicles in off-road conditions; and demonstrated attention to detail with respect to following sampling protocols and managing data. The work also requires a high tolerance for the extreme heat and humidity that prevail during the wet season (May-October) in south Florida. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in plant ecology and prior field research and/or land management experience. The successful candidate also must be able to verify that s/he is authorized to work in the U.S.

Please provide the following (preferably as a single document in PDF format): a cover letter indicating relevant experience, research interests, and how this experience would further your professional goals; a resumé or CV; and a summary of grades, including GPA. Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to us via email. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2017.

Email applications to: Betsie Rothermel
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