Internship: Invasive Reptiles in the Florida Everglades

Agency
US Geological Survey (USGS)
Location
Homestead, Florida (Everglades National Park)
Job Category
Internships
Salary
$330/week; shared housing is provided
Start Date
08/15/2018
Last Date to Apply
06/25/2018
Description
We are accepting applications for at least one intern to participate in research on invasive Burmese pythons and Argentine tegus in the Florida Everglades. Field duties will include radio tracking, camera trapping, live trapping, and visual surveys. Lab and office duties will include data entry and quality control, processing trail camera photos, and conducting necropsies. These internships are good opportunities for young biologists to cultivate their skills and build their CVs. Some of the projects are ongoing (e.g., tegu trapping) and some of the projects are new (e.g., experimental manipulations of radio-telemetered pythons), and 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 National Park Service, the University of Florida, and USGS, and previous interns have taken advantage of opportunities to participate in other Everglades research and interagency activities. More information can be found here: https://www.fort.usgs.gov/branch/100 Applicants must be able to start on or before August 15th, 2018. The internship will last approximately 24 weeks, with a possible extension pending 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 and shared housing in Everglades National Park are provided, but relocation funds are not available.
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, conducting radio telemetry, 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: Provide your name and contact info here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Xz29e8pVekFLNfvlKk8iJpahHjNUrSrgY4LfYE9HJuM/edit?usp=sharing. Send a cover letter (no more than 1 page) and a resume or CV that includes contact information for 3 references to: USGS.InvasiveHerps.Internship@gmail.com. Please provide your application as a single PDF with a file name that begins with your last name (e.g., Darwin Intern Application 17May18.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 9AM ET on June 25th, 2018.
Contact Person
Jillian Josimovich
Contact Phone
No calls, please
Contact eMail
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