Everglades National Park (ENP) is seeking one BioCorps intern for a full-time, 30-week 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 support a variety of resource assessment and management projects but will primarily work with the Vegetation Management program in ENP. The selected intern will work directly with ENP botanists to perform duties related to inventorying and monitoring of listed or imperiled plant species and assist with ongoing plant community monitoring projects. The selected intern will work independently, in conjunction with other interns or with the Park Botanist. Fieldwork is taxing and may include walking several miles in waist-deep water, exposure to noxious plants, biting insects, and venomous/hazardous wildlife, and long hours spent in high heat and humidity. This position will be approximately 75% fieldwork, with the remaining time spent on data entry and management.
There will be opportunities to acquire federal training and assist on other projects being conducted by park staff and partners. In the past these have included sea turtle nest monitoring, alligator nest monitoring, invasive reptile research and removal, freshwater aquatic ecology monitoring, and hydrologic monitoring. Training may include helicopter training, motorboat operation certification, CPR and First Aid, among others. These internships are highly synergistic and are good opportunities for young biologists to cultivate their skillsets and build their CVs.
The intern will work 40 hours per week and some workdays may exceed 8 hours. A living stipend and shared housing in ENP can be provided, but relocation funds are not available. Because housing is limited, preference will be given to local applicants.
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 should be physically fit, show an interest in plant identification and plant community ecology, have an excellent work ethic, meticulous data-collection skills, be comfortable working in hot, buggy conditions (seriously), and be able to think/work both independently and as part of a team. The ideal candidate will have a relevant bachelor's degree with at least two college level botany courses, have paid work experience outside university (in any field), and have experience doing fieldwork to include identifying plants, collecting and managing plant community data and using a GPS. Good sense of humor and a positive attitude are necessary. Preference will be given to local applicants since housing is limited.
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 or permanent resident (for 3 years or more) 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 Botany”.
We prefer to get applications as a single PDF with a file name that begins with your last name [e.g., Darwin BioCorps Application 05Dec17.pdf].
We will no longer accept applications after 8AM EDT on December 20th.