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Internship: Invasive Reptile Research in Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
University of Florida, in collaboration with U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service
$10/hr; free shared housing is provided
Last Date to Apply
We are accepting applications for one intern to join the team conducting high-quality research on invasive reptiles in South Florida (e.g., Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve). Research fields include creating and testing detection and control tools, population demographics, reproductive ecophysiology, dispersal, spread, and impacts of invasive reptiles. Interns will be responsible for:
1) Conducting visual surveys, radio-tracking, observing, handling, marking, and sampling pythons, tegus, and/or other reptiles in South Florida while maintaining high quality, standardized, and detailed notes
2) Euthanizing, necropsying, and collecting morphometric measurements and samples from invasive reptiles found across South Florida
3) Monitoring and maintaining camera surveillance and live trapping equipment and data
4) Carefully collecting, entering, and ensuring scientific quality of all data
5) Maintaining any captive animals, vehicles, laboratory, field, shared housing, and office spaces
6) Working well with collaborators and helping with various other project needs as they arise (e.g., assisting with NPS rapid response trapping efforts if new exotic species are detected in Everglades).
These internships are excellent opportunities for young biologists to cultivate their skills and build their CVs. There will be many opportunities to contribute to project protocols and day-to-day problem solving. These positions are a result of a collaboration between the University of Florida, USGS, and the National Park Service. Previous interns have taken advantage of opportunities provided by collaborators to participate in other Everglades research and interagency activities.
Applicants must be able to start on or before November 15, 2021, and the internship will last approximately 6 months (until mid-April). The first day of work may be postponed if the candidate does not complete the hiring paperwork in a timely manner. The intern will work as part of a team for 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 and shared housing in Homestead, FL are provided, but relocation funds are not available and pets are not allowed. Interns will also be expected to routinely stay consecutive nights in a house or travel trailer that is situated closer to some of our field operations in Everglades National Park or Big Cypress National Preserve.
The University of Florida, USGS, and the National Park Service take safety very seriously; as such our lab follows recommendations as given by our institutions regarding PPE and social distancing.
Applicants must have a relevant bachelor’s degree, a strong work ethic, and meticulous data-collection skills. Applicants should be very comfortable working in seriously hot, humid, and buggy conditions, be confident handling large reptiles, and be able to think/work independently and as part of a team. A good sense of humor and a positive attitude are essential.
The ideal candidate will have paid work experience outside university (in any field) and have experience collecting and managing data, doing fieldwork, using handheld GPS units, driving UTVs, conducting radio-telemetry, and identifying/capturing/caring for reptiles. Experience living/operating in remote settings out of tents or travel trailers is also a plus.
A valid U.S. driver's license and a clean driving record are required, and the applicant must be able to pass a federal background check. They must also be a U.S. citizen and speak English.
Please 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. We also strongly encourage applicants to include an optional written statement (no more than 1 page) about why diversity in the workplace is important to them. Please provide your application as a single PDF with a file name that begins with your last name (e.g., “AndersonInternApplication_2021-07-19.pdf”).
We will review applications as we receive them with the intent of filling the position as soon as possible. Applications will no longer be accepted after 5 PM ET on August 1, 2021.