St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge Spring 2020 Biological Internships
• 2 positions available
• Stipend $150/week paid by check weekly from St. Marks Refuge Association
• Approximate Work Dates: January 13 – May 1, 2020 (16 weeks)
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is the crown jewel of a vast network of state, federal and local conservation lands covering over 1.3 million acres in northern Florida’s Big Bend region. This 80,000 acre wildlife refuge supports a complex array of habitats, ranging from coastal saltwater marshes to xeric upland pine forests. Stretching over 40 miles across Apalachee Bay on the Gulf of Mexico, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge lies in the eastern portion of the sparsely populated Florida Panhandle, but is within a short drive of full amenities approximately 25 miles north in Tallahassee.
Examples of projects you may work on:
• Recovery efforts for Threatened frosted flatwoods salamanders, including larvae trapping, drift fence trapping of adults and metamorphs, raising larvae in mesocosms (cattle tanks), and marking and releasing metamorphs
• Habitat monitoring of ephemeral ponds used by frosted flatwoods salamanders through vegetation sampling and photopoints
• Assist in the monitoring and banding of Endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers
• Collect biological data at hunt check stations at St. Vincent NWR
• Camera surveys for feral hog control
• Data entry and analysis of hunter harvest records and other databases
• Exotic/invasive plant surveys and control activities including application of herbicides with backpack sprayers and/or manual removal
• Pine grassland dependent bird (Bachman’s sparrow, brown-headed nuthatch) surveys using call playback/response techniques
• Native ecosystem restoration, including herbicide application, cutting vegetation, and/or planting
• Forest stand and habitat inventory using a Trimble GPS and ArcPad software
• Gopher tortoise surveys, including using a scope to determine burrow occupancy
Work hours will normally be 80 hours over a 2-week period, although additional work hours will be required during especially busy times early in the morning, at night, and/or on weekends. The position will require extensive walking through difficult terrain and wading in ponds in cold and sometimes warm/buggy conditions. Inclement weather, poisonous plants, stinging insects and venomous snakes are inherent dangers in this work environment.
US citizenship; valid driver`s license; wildlife, forestry, or environmental science major in a college/university; attention to detail and accuracy; self-motivated; ability to drive 4WD vehicles safely on refuge interior roads; and willingness to perform physical work independently under varying outdoor conditions. Knowledge of local birds and their calls and experience with Trimble GPS devices, ArcPad and ArcGIS software are desirable but not required.
Housing is a 4 bedroom refuge-maintained house trailer located at the refuge work center: 7300 Coastal Highway, St. Marks FL 32355 - on US 98 one quarter mile east of the intersection with County Road 363. You will share the trailer with up to three other interns but will have your own bedroom. The trailer has WiFi and a TV with limited channels. Laundry facilities are in the compound. It is ten miles to Crawfordville, which has limited services but has groceries, walk in clinic, etc. More facilities are available in Tallahassee, within 20-25 miles.
Personal vehicle required for off-duty travel. Refuge vehicle provided for daily work activities. Universally Accessible: No
To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and transcripts (official transcripts are not required) to:
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 68
St. Marks, FL 32355