BioCorps Internship in the Florida Everglades – Fire Effects Monitoring
Everglades National Park (ENP) is seeking one BioCorps intern for a full-time, 6-month internship working in the Florida Everglades. The BioCorps internship program is a collaborative program between Everglades National Park, the University of Florida, and partners of the park, which supports biological management, monitoring, and research within the Florida Everglades.
The selected interns will primarily work with the fire ecology program in ENP. The selected intern will work directly with ENP fire ecologists as a member of the fire effects monitoring crew to perform duties related to vegetation sampling in pineland and prairie vegetation/fuel types in accordance with established guidelines and direction. The selected intern will work independently, as part of a team, and in a leadership role leading groups of volunteers in the field. Fieldwork is immensely laborious and taxing and may include walking long distances in waist-deep water and/or over unstable terrain, exposure to noxious plants, biting/stinging insects, and venomous/hazardous wildlife, and long hours spent in high heat and humidity. This position will be 60-70% fieldwork (collecting vegetation data, photomonitoring, endangered species monitoring) but office work including data entry and management, will also be required.
Specific job duties include- working as part of a fire effects monitoring crew; conducting vegetation sampling in pineland and prairie vegetation or fuel types in accordance with established guidelines and direction; recording data in the field and entering data into a personal computer; navigating to plots using GPS and compass.
There may be opportunities to acquire federal training and assist on other projects being conducted by park staff and partners. In the past these have included sea turtle nest monitoring, alligator nest monitoring, invasive reptile research and removal, freshwater aquatic ecology monitoring, and hydrologic monitoring. Training may include aviation and wildland firefighting training, CPR and First Aid, among others. These internships are highly synergistic and are good opportunities for young biologists to cultivate their skillsets and build their CVs.
The intern will work 40 hours per week and some workdays may exceed 8 hours. A living stipend will be provided. Relocation funds are not available and park housing is not available.
Everglades National Park is an internationally recognized landscape that protects a dynamic collection of habitats, wildlife, processes, and culture. The proximity of the Everglades to an exceptionally large, burgeoning urban community presents a number of challenges to the continued protection of resources for which the park was established. This internship offers the opportunity to cultivate resource management techniques and explore new career opportunities in an applied, real-world setting.
A successful applicant will be able to:
- Use basic plant identification skills
- Work well as part of a team, as well as independently, with minimal supervision
- Work independently once trained in specific tasks
- Work long hours in hot, humid conditions with abundant mosquitos and other biting/stinging insects
- Hike long distances (1-2 km) over uneven terrain while carrying 30-40 lbs
- Possess a valid driver’s license
- Work a 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. schedule
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. The subject line of the e-mail should be “Everglades BioCorps Internship Application Fire Ecology”.
We prefer to get applications as a single PDF with a file name that begins with your last name [e.g., Darwin BioCorps Application 14Sep20.pdf].