Paid Research Internship: Invasive Reptile Research in Greater Everglades Ecosystem, Florida

University of Florida and U.S. Geological Survey
Everglades National Park, Homestead, FL
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$10-11/hr plus shared housing
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Last Date to Apply
We are accepting applications for two interns to participate in research on invasive reptiles (Burmese pythons & Argentine giant tegus) in the Greater Everglades Ecosystem. These positions primarily entail indoor laboratory and data management activities with occasional field or other miscellaneous activities. These positions are currently based in Everglades National Park but may involve some travel and work in Big Cypress National Preserve. The biological research internships will last approximately 12 months and will start on 14 March 2022 or as soon as possible. Start dates may be extended for highly qualified candidates. This is a re-advertisement with updated deadlines for a previous posting. Applicants who applied to the posting that closed on 14 Feb 2022 do not need to reapply; their materials will be given equal consideration with all others received. Interns will be responsible for: 1) Carefully collecting, entering, cleaning, and ensuring high scientific quality of all data 2) Collecting, managing, and organizing samples from invasive reptiles 3) Performing humane euthanasia of invasive reptiles 4) Necropsying and recording detailed morphological and physiological data from invasive reptiles 5) Maintaining a camera trap array for Argentine giant tegus within Everglades National Park 6) Assisting with outreach activities to communicate the science to partners and the public 7) Maintaining any captive animals, vehicles, laboratory, field, shared housing, and office spaces 8) Working 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, assisting with preparation of proposals and reports, etc.). 9) Other miscellaneous project duties that may arise to accommodate research needs These internships are excellent opportunities for biologists to cultivate field research, collaboration, and leadership 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, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the National Park Service (NPS). Previous interns have taken advantage of opportunities provided by collaborators to participate in peer-reviewed research and other interagency research and careers. Research interns will work as part of a collaborative research team for 40 hours per week and should expect an irregular work schedule consisting of days, nights, weekends, and holidays. Workdays may exceed 8 hours and camping may be required for some of the work. A living stipend and shared housing in Homestead, FL are provided, but relocation funds are not available, and pets are not allowed. Health insurance benefits may be available at cost through the University of Florida.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, speak English, and able to pass a US Department of the Interior background check (start date may be postponed if the candidate does not complete the hiring paperwork in a timely manner). A valid U.S. driver's license, a clean driving record, and a personal vehicle (to commute to and from work) are required. Applicants must have a relevant bachelor’s degree, a strong work ethic, and meticulous data-collection skills. Applicants should be very comfortable working in a laboratory and on a computer, performing occasional fieldwork in seriously hot, buggy conditions, willing to learn to handle large reptiles, and be able to think/work independently and as part of a cohesive team. A good sense of humor, positive attitude, strong interpersonal skills, and ability to be flexible and work efficiently in fast-paced environments are essential. The ideal candidate will have paid work experience outside university and have experience carefully collecting and managing detailed scientific data, performing humane euthanasia, performing necropsies, and maintaining a camera trap array. Experience operating 4WD vehicles is also a plus. TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter (no more than 1 page) and a resume or CV that includes contact information for 3 references to: 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_2022-01-30.pdf”). Attention to detail in the applications will be considered during the selection process.
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University of Florida Internship Coordinator
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