BioCorps Internship in the Florida Everglades – Invasive Reptile Management

Agency
Everglades National Park
Location
Everglades National Park, Homestead, FL
Job Category
Internships
Salary
$338.40/week, shared housing is provided; or $480.00/week, no housing is provided (for applicants within the local commuting area)
Start Date
02/08/2021
Last Date to Apply
11/01/2020
Website
https://www.nps.gov/ever/getinvolved/biocorps-internship-program.htm
Description
Everglades National Park (ENP) is seeking BioCorps interns for a full-time, 8-month 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 primarily maintain a live-trap array and associated data for invasive tegu lizards. The interns may also get the opportunity to participate in visual surveys, camera trapping for local wildlife, processing trail-camera photos, and conducting euthanasia and necropsies on invasive reptiles. 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. These positions are a result of a collaboration between the National Park Service and the University of Florida, and previous interns have taken advantage of opportunities to participate in other Everglades research. Applicants must be able to start on or before February 08, 2021. The internship will last until October 29, 2021, 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 and shared housing may be provided, but 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.
Qualifications
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/collecting reptiles. 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. TO APPLY: Send a cover letter (no more than 1 page) and a resume or CV that includes contact information for 3 references to: ever_biocorps@nps.gov. 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 26Oct20.pdf]. We will review applications as we receive them and will no longer accept them after 9AM EST on 01 November 2020.
Contact Person
Michelle Collier, Internship Coordinator
Contact eMail
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