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Conservation Internship

Gaining experience while making a difference.

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:

  •  Herbicidal treatment of exotic, invasive and native, nuisance plant species 
  •  Mechanical removal of exotic, invasive and native nuisance plant species 
  •  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, severe 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. 
  • Have a strong 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.
  • Own 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 has three sessions: from January through June, March through August, and September through February; the position will not exceed 40 hours per week, with occasional weekend work, as needed. 

On-site housing is required due to the relatively remote location of the Sanctuary and early field hours. Housing is a furnished one-level dormitory-style building with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two joined kitchens, a living room and a screened porch. Wireless internet, water, electricity and local phone service are provided. Rooms may be shared (gender inclusive) with other interns and housing may be shared with visiting researchers, Americorps team members, or other special guests.

Please check back as internship postings come up every 3-4 months. 

For more information about the Conservation Intern program, please email Allyson Webb

LEARN ABOUT OUR CURRENT CORKSCREW INTERNS--

     

ABRIANNA SADLER

  • Fall/Winter 2018-19
  • Allegheny College '17
  • Environmental Science
Hello! My name is Abrianna Sadler and I am a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Throughout my budding professional career, I have been granted the opportunity to work with great organizations and gain experience in a field that I hope to pursue, ecological conservation. As a seasonal research assistant at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory I helped to monitor macroinvertebrate assemblages within alpine and subalpine wetlands in isolated mountain regions. In addition, a study was conducted examining the consequences range shifts due to climate change have on wetland ecosystem functions. Before coming to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary I served a one-year term as an AmeriCorps service member with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Here I worked in freshwater streams throughout Pennsylvania conducing biological surveys for aquatic-macroinvertebrates, fish, and the eastern hellbender. I am eager to be joining the CSS internship crew and am looking forward to learning all I can about this ecosystem and its’ inhabitants!

LARA JONES

  • Fall/Winter 2018-19
  • Wellesley College '18
  • Biological Sciences
Hi all! My name is Lara Jones and I am from northern New Jersey. I’m a recent graduate of Wellesley College with a degree in Biological Sciences and a concentration in wildlife ecology and conservation. Over the past two summers I worked as an avian field intern at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. My first summer there, I designed and conducted a study to assess how birds are foraging in white ash trees in the forest in order to understand how avian communities will be impacted by the impending arrival of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer, which has been killing ash trees as it spreads throughout North America. I returned to Hubbard Brook this past summer as an intern with the Smithsonian to collect field data for a long-term study on the breeding population of Black-throated blue warblers that nest in the forest. In addition to working seasonal jobs, I studied abroad in South Africa through the Organization for Tropical Studies’ Ecology and Conservation program, where I assisted in research projects on African wildlife, learned about conservation practices in national parks, and saw amazing animals such as leopards and African wild dogs. I’m really excited to be working at Corkscrew this winter, and am especially looking forward to getting to know all the different bird species and herpetofauna down here in the western everglades. I anticipate that working at CSS will bring me new and exciting skills and experiences since I’ve never worked in a wetlands system before, and I hope that this internship will assist me on my path to attaining a graduate degree and a career in wildlife ecology and conservation.  

EVAN FLYNN

  • Fall/Winter 2018-19
  • Eckerd College '18
  • Marine Science
Hello everyone! My name is Evan Flynn. I was born and raised in Golden, Colorado. While I have spent majority of my life in a landlocked state, family and school trips to the coast allowed me to develop a strong passion for coastal and marine systems. I decided to pursue this passion further in college, leaving my Colorado home to study marine science at Eckerd College in St Petersburg, Florida. My main topic of interest throughout my studies have been coastal geology and geomorphology. I graduated from Eckerd College in May of 2018, and in the future hope to pursue a graduate degree in geological oceanography, and ultimately a career dedicated to coastal conservation and research. In my free time I enjoy going to the beach, skiing, cooking, and most recently, gardening. I look forward to participating in the conservation internship at Corkscrew Swamp as I hope to further my knowledge and understanding of coastal zone management, and the relationship between research and land stewardship. I can't wait to learn more skills that will be invaluable in my future as an advocate for coastal conservation.

RANDI BOWMAN

  • Fall/Winter 2018-19
  • Lewis-Clark State College '16
  • Biological Sciences
Conservation. Discovery. Adventure. These words and many others describe my interest and fascination with studying ecology in aquatic ecosystems. My name is Randi Bowman, and I have been doing biological field work since the summer I graduated high school, from mapping invasives for herbicide application to studying diet and head morphology in populations of garter snakes. Most of my research/field experience relates to freshwater fisheries and ecology (macroinvertebrates, water quality, salmonids), which has fueled my interest in studying the effects of human activity on aquatic ecology. I grew up in Washington state and went to college in Idaho, graduating in December 2016. In January of this year, I moved to the southeast for an internship at Nemours Wildlife Foundation in South Carolina. I look forward to continued learning and the development of further research skills as an intern at Corkscrew. While not working, I enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and hiking. Beyond this position, I will pursue graduate school with the aim of studying anthropogenic impacts in coral reef ecosystems.

AMANDA BRESSOUD​

  • Spring/Fall 2018
  • Grinnell College '17
  • Biology

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.    

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