Everglades National Park is seeking BioCorps interns for a full-time internship working in the Florida Everglades. The BioCorps internship program is a collaborative program between Everglades National Park, the University of Florida, and partners of the park, which supports biological management, monitoring, and research within the Florida Everglades.
The selected interns will maintain a live-trap array and associated data for invasive tegu lizards. Humane euthanasia is part of that process and is required, so applicants should be comfortable with it. The interns will likely participate in survey and removal activities for other invasive reptiles and in adaptive management of tegu removal (e.g., bait or trap trials).
These internships are good opportunities for young biologists to cultivate their skills and build their CVs. There will be opportunities to contribute to project protocols and day-to-day problem solving. When possible, previous interns have taken advantage of opportunities to participate in other Everglades research and management activities. Upon completion of this internship, interns are eligible to receive Public Lands Corps competitive hiring status.
Applicants must be able to start on or before February 7, 2022, and, as a condition of employment, be prepared to complete the process necessary for a federal background check ASAP, which may include traveling over 50 miles to a federal credentialing center and would be the responsibility of the applicant (i.e., no reimbursement would be given). The internship will last until October 28, 2022, pending good performance and funding. The interns will work 40 hours per week and should expect an irregular work schedule consisting of days, nights, weekends, and holidays. Some workdays may exceed 8 hours. A living stipend is provided, and shared housing will be provided if applicants are not from the local commuting area. Relocation funds are not available.
Everglades National Park is an internationally recognized landscape that protects a dynamic collection of habitats, wildlife, processes, and culture. The proximity of the Everglades to an exceptionally large, burgeoning urban community presents a number of challenges to the continued protection of resources for which the park was established. This internship offers the opportunity to cultivate resource management techniques and explore new career opportunities in an applied, real-world setting.
Applicants must have a relevant bachelor’s degree, a strong work ethic, and meticulous data-collection skills. Applicants should be comfortable working in seriously hot, buggy conditions, be confident handling large reptiles, and be able to think/work independently and as part of a team. The ideal candidate will have paid work experience outside university (in any field) and have experience doing fieldwork, collecting, and managing data, and identifying local plants and animals. Spanish-language proficiency is a plus. A good sense of humor and a positive attitude are necessary.
A valid U.S. driver's license and a clean driving record are required, and a background check will be necessary. S/he must also be a U.S. citizen and speak English.
Send a cover letter (no more than 1 page) and a resume or CV that includes contact information for 3 references to: email@example.com. The subject line of the e-mail should be “Everglades BioCorps Internship Application Invasive Reptiles”.
We prefer to get applications as a single PDF with a file name that begins with your last name [e.g., Darwin BioCorps Application 25Sep21.pdf].
We will review applications as we receive them and will no longer accept them after 9AM EDT on October 4, 2021.