The Conservation Internship Program, through the Audubon WINGS program, strives to give interns priceless experiences and an avenue for turning a passion for conservation and the environment into action! Interns participate in an ecologically-sound land management program and assist with on- and off-site hydrologic, vegetation, and wildlife monitoring projects.The monitoring projects and research help drive management decisions.
Some of the land management activities they will actively participate in include:
1) Herbicidal treatment of exotic, invasive and native, nuisance plant species
2) Mechanical removal of exotic, invasive and native nuisance plant species
3) Prescribed fire planning, execution, and post-fire monitoring
Additionally, the interns will be involved in the Science program. Under the guidance of Dr. Shawn Clem, interns will be collecting data and assisting with multiple monitoring projects both on- and off- site.
There are some physical requirements. These are:
- the ability to work long hours in the field in sub-tropical wetland environments, exposed to harsh South Florida environment (sun, biting insects, sever summer storms), sometimes alone and carrying field gear (up to 40 lbs.) for extended periods
- Ability and willingness to work in murky waters and thick vegetation that serve as home to potentially dangerous wildlife such as alligators and venomous snakes
Additionally, there are other criteria being looked for. These include:
- Be currently enrolled in or recent graduation of an institue of higher learning, pursuing a degree in natural science or related field.
- Possess strong communication and interpersonal skills and a team-focused attitude.
- Possess a desire to learn about conservation and have a basic understanding of ecology.
- 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
This full-time six month internship will has two session: from January through June or September through February; the position will not exceed 40 hours per week, with occasional weekend work, as needed.
Housing is required on-site due to the relatively remote location of the Sanctuary and early field hours. Housing is a furnished one-level dormitory-style building on Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary property with 4 private bedrooms. There are two bathrooms, two joined (shared) kitchens, a living room and a screened porch. Wireless internet and utilities are included, except for long-distance phone calls. Housing will be shared with interns and/or visiting researchers at times.
Please check back as internship postings come up every 5-6 months.
For more information about the Conservation intern program, please email Allyson Webb
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Hello! I am Kevin! I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but grew up in Costa Rica. I am a rising senior at Colorado College, majoring in environmental policy. I have been interested in wildlife and conservation for as long as I can remember. Growing up in the rich bio-diversity of Costa Rica inspired me to want to protect the environment. Previously I volunteered on a forest restoration project with Osa Conservation in Costa Rica, and I recently studied sustainable development in Thailand. After graduation, I plan to pursue a career with a conservation group or an NGO that helps fulfill the basic needs of people while also working towards protecting the environment. My favorite activities are running, hiking and reading. Recently, I have really become enthusiastic about photography, specifically focusing on wildlife! I am looking forward to working with Audubon to learn about resource management as well as to get to know the staff. I know this will be a valuable experience and hope to take it with me to the future.
Hello all! My name is Amanda Bressoud. I come from the small town of Granville, Ohio, a little ways outside of Columbus. I recently graduated with honors in Biology from Grinnell College. Following graduation, I interned at a conservation facility in southeastern Ohio called The Wilds, where I looked at differences in avian community composition between forest types.
My primary interests are conservation and ecology. Until now, most of my experiences have been more research focused. Therefore, I am very excited to participate in the Land Stewardship Internship here at Corkscrew Swamp. I hope this internship will be an opportunity to learn more about resource management, and help me to gain a broader perspective on what conservation and management entails.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, singing, and hiking. Following the completion of my internship, I intend to pursue a graduate degree in ecology, with the ultimate goal of a career in conservation.
I have always been passionate about wildlife, and plan on pursuing a career in conservation/wildlife biology. I have had the privilege to work for some great organizations, which reassured me that a career in conservation is what I wanted to pursue. I have worked with Audubon Florida’s “Conservation Leadership Initiative” for 4 years, and am a part of Orange Audubon Society. I worked with sea turtles in the Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge for the summer months of 2015 as an intern for the UCF Marine Turtle Research Group. I did Red-Cockaded Woodpecker surveys at the Ocala National Forest and was an interpretive intern for the Mt. Hood National Forest. With these internships under my belt, I look forward to all the new experiences I will have at Corkscrew Swamp. The jobs I will be required to do here at Corkscrew are ones that I have never done in previous internships, so I am thrilled to gain all this new knowledge during my time here. I am very excited for the conservation work I will get to do.