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  • St. Marks NWR Biological Internship


    Guest Joe Reinman
    • Employer: US Fish & Wildlife Service
      Location: St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/05/2023
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge Summer 2023 Biological Internships

     

    ·       2 positions available

    ·       Stipend $200/week paid by check weekly from St. Marks Refuge Association

    ·       Approximate Work Dates:  May 15 – August 11, 2023 (13 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 85,000-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

    ·       Data entry and analysis of frosted flatwoods salamander 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, 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

    ·       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. 

     

    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. 

     

    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

    850-599-1946

     

    Applications received through services such as Resume-Library and Jora will not be considered.




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