St. Marks NWR Biological Internships – Florida

Agency
US Fish & Wildlife Service
Location
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, St. Marks, Florida
Job Category
Internships
Salary
$150/week living allowance + housing
Start Date
05/03/2021
Last Date to Apply
02/07/2021
Website
https://www.fws.gov/refuge/st_marks/
Description
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge Summer 2021 Biological Internships • 2 positions available • Stipend $150/week paid by check weekly from St. Marks Refuge Association • Approximate Work Dates: May 3 – August 13, 2021 (15 weeks) Site Description: 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 along Apalachee Bay on the Gulf of Mexico, the 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 Florida’s capital city, Tallahassee. Examples of projects you may work on: • Endangered red-cockaded woodpecker banding, monitoring, and assisting in artificial cavity installation • Wading bird nesting and roost surveys • Threatened frosted flatwoods salamander monitoring, habitat inventory, and management (possibly including the tagging and release of metamorphs) • Sea turtle nesting surveys on St. Vincent Island NWR • Eastern newt trapping and tagging • 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, northern bobwhite) surveys using call playback/response techniques • Camera surveys for feral hog control • Gopher tortoise surveys, including using a scope to determine burrow occupancy • Data entry and analysis of hunter harvest records and other databases • Posting signs for bald eagle nest protection areas and other wildlife closures Work hours will normally be 80 hours over a 2-week period, although additional work hours may be required during especially busy times. Early morning, nighttime, and weekend hours are all possible. The position will require extensive walking through difficult terrain in hot and buggy conditions. Inclement weather, poisonous plants, stinging insects and venomous snakes are inherent dangers in this work environment. Housing: 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. Transportation: Personal vehicle required for off-duty travel. Refuge vehicle provided for daily work activities. Universally Accessible: No Application: To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and transcripts (official transcripts are not required) to: Joe Reinman joseph_reinman@fws.gov St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge P.O. Box 68 St. Marks, FL 32355 850-925-6121
Qualifications
Required Skills: US citizenship; valid driver`s license; wildlife, forestry, or environmental science degree or 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 resighting color leg bands are desirable but not required.
Contact Person
Joe Reinman
Contact Phone
850-925-6121
Contact eMail
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