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Conservation Intern

Position Summary

The Conservation Intern will gain valuable hands-on experience and professional skills in natural resource management and conservation ecology. Working at the 13,000-acre Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in southwestern Florida, the intern will assist with the implementation of an ecologically-sound land management program and assist with on- and off-site hydrology and wildlife monitoring projects. Each month, the work breakdown for interns will be roughly 67% resource management work and 33% research.

This full-time six-month internship will run from January through June 2017 and will not exceed 40 hours per week, with occasional weekend work, as needed.

On-site housing is required and provided due to the relatively remote location of the Sanctuary and early field hours. Housing is a furnished one-level dormitory-style building. There are 4 private bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 joined kitchens, a living room and a screened porch. Wireless internet, water, electricity and local phone service are provided. Housing will be shared with interns and/or visiting researchers.

Essential Functions

Under the guidance of Audubon staff, the intern will develop skills in a variety of conservation activities, including:

  • Managing non-native, invasive and native nuisance species using a wide variety of tools such as herbicide sprayers, chainsaws, and hand tools;
  • Helping with planning, execution, and follow-up monitoring of prescribed fire operations in a variety of natural habitats; and
  • Participating in ecological monitoring of hydrology (water level and rainfall) and wildlife populations to guide conservation and restoration. Wildlife monitoring will include a combination of aquatic fauna sampling (and laboratory processing), wading bird surveys, herpetofauna surveys, and mammal monitoring (trailcam maintenance and image processing). Interns may also be asked to assist with wading bird monitoring flights using a fixed-wing aircraft.

Interns are expected to assist with additional Sanctuary events and activities, as needed. An opportunity to pursue personal conservation-based interests (e.g. environmental education, environmental policy, or ecological research) is available through the completion (design, and execution) of an independent project with the guidance of Sanctuary staff. 

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Qualifications and Experience

The candidate must:

  • Be currently enrolled in or a recent graduate of an institution of higher learning, pursuing a degree in natural science or related field;
  • Excel in interpersonal communications and interpersonal skills while maintaining a team-focused attitude;
  • Possess a basic understanding of ecology and a desire to learn about conservation;
  • Demonstrate the ability to exercise sound judgment and adaptability to changing work conditions;
  • Possess a valid driver’s license (experience with ATVs, 4WD vehicles and the ability to operate a manual transmission is a plus); and
  • Commit to the full duration of the internship (January 2017 - June 2017).

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Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to work long hours in the field in sub-tropical wetland environments, exposed to harsh South Florida environment (sun, biting insects, severe summer storms), sometimes alone and carrying field gear (up to 40 lbs.) for extended periods; and
  • Ability and willingness to work in murky waters and thick vegetation that serve as home for potentially dangerous wildlife such as alligators and venomous snakes

Please apply online at the Audubon Career Center: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/3000/conservation-intern/job

Sales Associate ​(2016-2981)

The Sales Associate will help to support the Blair Audubon Center operations and guest services including Admissions, its Nature Store and Gallery Cafe sales, general visitor and volunteer assistance and membership sales.

Essential Functions

  • Provide the highest level of customer service for all Sanctuary visitors.
  • Strive for profitability by serving as a knowledgeable, courteous, and helpful Sales Associate.
  • Maintain accurate cash control.
  • Balance daily cash drawer at end of shift.
  • Support all retail operations at the Sanctuary
  • Re-stock all needed supplies at admissions desk, gallery cafe, and store as needed
  • Provide assistance with limited merchandise pricing as needed.
  • Assist with the planning and operations of special events conducted by Audubon.
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of the National Audubon Society and its associated activities.
  • Develop an understanding of the ecology and natural history of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.
  • Commit to pre-determined schedules, coverage and daily operations.

Qualifications and Experience

  • High School Diploma
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in a sale related position
  • Superior customer service skills
  • Ability to handle cash and receipts accurately
  • Knowledge of merchandise inventory system
  • Strong communication skills
  • Must be able to lift up to 30lb
  • Flexibility

Please apply online at the Audubon Career Center: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/2981/sales-associate/job

Sales/Office Associate (2016-2985)

Position Summary

The Sales/Office Associate will help to support the Blair Audubon Center operations and guest services including Admissions, Nature Store and Gallery Cafe sales, general visitor and volunteer assistance and membership sales. S/he also assists the Sales/Retail Manager with daily tasks.

Essential Functions

  • Provide the highest level of customer service for all Sanctuary visitors.
  • Strive for profitability by serving as a knowledgeable, courteous, and helpful Sales Associate.
  • Maintain accurate cash control.
  • Balance daily cash drawer at end of shift.
  • Support all retail operations at the Sanctuary.
  • Re-stock all needed supplies at admissions desk, tea room, and store as needed.
  • Data entry into point-of-sale system.
  • Merchandise quality control.
  • Handling of returns.
  • Provide assistance with merchandise pricing.
  • Create flyers for special events.
  • Assist with the planning and operations of special events conducted by Audubon.
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of the National Audubon Society and its associated activities.
  • Develop an understanding for the ecology and natural history of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.
  • Commit to pre-determined schedules, coverage and daily operations.

Qualifications and Experience

  • High School Diploma
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in a sales/office related position
  • Superior customer service skills
  • Ability to handle cash and receipts accurately
  • Knowledge of merchandise inventory system
  • Strong computer skills (windows, excel, publisher or power point)
  • Excellent communication skills must be able to lift up to 30lb
  • Flexibility

Please apply online at the Audubon Career Center: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/2985/sales-office-associate/job

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