Conservation Intern: Land Stewardship-Florida

Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Naples, FL
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The Conservation Intern: Land Stewardship 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. This full-time 2.5-month internship will run from mid-June 2018 through August 2018 and will not exceed 40 hours per week, with occasional weekend work as needed. On-site housing is required due to the relatively remote location of the Sanctuary and early field hours. Housing is a furnished one-level dormitory-style building with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two joined kitchens, a living room and a screened porch. Wireless internet, water, electricity and local phone service are provided. Rooms may be shared (gender inclusive) with other interns and housing may be shared with visiting researchers, AmeriCorps team members, or other special guests. Essential Functions 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; 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 GO TO:
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 (June 2018 through August 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
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