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  • Wildlife Biological Internship-St Marks NWR

    Guest Amanda Bessler
    • Employer: US FWS
      Location: crawfordville, FL
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 05/14/2023
      Open Until Filled: No

    St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge Fall 2023 Biological Internships

    ·         2 positions available

    ·         Stipend $200/week paid by check weekly from Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge

    ·         Approximate Work Dates:  August 28 – December 15, 2023 (16 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 might work on:

    ·         Recovery efforts for Threatened frosted flatwoods salamanders, including trapping and pit-tagging adults, egg collections, photo analysis, and habitat management

    ·         Monitoring, banding, and potential translocation of Endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers

    ·         Wading bird roost surveys

    ·         Collect biological data at St. Vincent NWR hunt check stations

    ·         Data entry and analysis

    ·         Post signs for bald eagle nest protection areas and other wildlife closure areas

    ·         Camera surveys for feral hog control

    ·         Gopher tortoise surveys, including using a scope to determine burrow occupancy

    ·         Exotic/invasive plant surveys and control activities including application of herbicides with backpack sprayers and/or manual removal

    ·         Habitat monitoring plot establishment and sampling

    ·         Collect native seed for groundcover restoration

    ·         Native ecosystem restoration, including herbicide application and/or planting

    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, biology, 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 trapping and pit-tagging amphibians are desirable but not required. 


    Housing Provided:

    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:


    Amanda Bessler 


    St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

    P.O. Box 68

    St. Marks, FL 32355



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

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