The Conservation Intern will gain valuable hands-on experience and professional skills in natural resource management and conservation ecology. Working at the 13,000-acre Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in southwestern Florida, the intern will assist with the implementation of an ecologically-sound land management program and assist with on- and off-site hydrology and wildlife monitoring projects. Each month, the work breakdown for interns will be roughly 67% resource management work and 33% research.
This full-time six-month internship will run from September 2017 through February 2018 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 staff, the intern will develop skills in a variety of conservation activities, including:
Managing non-native, invasive and native nuisance species using a wide variety of tools such as herbicide sprayers, chainsaws, and hand tools;
Helping with planning, execution, and follow-up monitoring of prescribed fire operations in a variety of natural habitats;
Participating in ecological monitoring of hydrology (water level and rainfall) and wildlife populations to guide conservation and restoration. Wildlife monitoring will include a combination of aquatic fauna sampling (and laboratory processing), wading bird surveys, herpetofauna surveys, and mammal monitoring (trailcam maintenance and image processing). Interns may also be asked to assist with wading bird monitoring flights using a fixed-wing aircraft; and
Communication and outreach through various avenues such as social media, print media, and more (as directed by supervising staff)
Interns are expected to assist with additional Sanctuary events and activities, as needed.
TO APPLY: Please visit this link to submit an online application.
Qualifications and Experience:
The candidate must:
Be currently enrolled in or a recent graduate of an institution of higher learning, pursuing a degree in natural science or related field;
Excel in interpersonal communications and interpersonal skills while maintaining a team-focused attitude;
Possess a basic understanding of ecology and a desire to learn about conservation;
Demonstrate the ability to exercise sound judgment and adaptability to changing work conditions;
Possess a valid driver’s license (experience with ATVs, 4WD vehicles and the ability to operate a manual transmission is a plus); and
Commit to the full duration of the internship (September 2018 - Ferbruary 2018).
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