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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:

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

LEARN ABOUT OUR CURRENT CORKSCREW INTERNS--

HAYDEN DEAKINS

  • Fall/Winter 2017-8
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville '16
  • Environmental Studies
My suburban interests as a Nashville native were quickly transformed by the mountains of East Tennessee upon attending the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where I graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies in December 2016. It took me a few years in college to finally find that my career interests aligned more with resource management, and after graduation, I explored different aspects of the field while working for Tennessee State Parks, the National Park Service, and now for the Audubon society. My primary focus in former jobs has mostly centered around vegetation management, but I am currently excited about exploring other interests in wildland and prescribed fire as well as participating in monitoring projects with the Sanctuary’s research staff. While not sweating it out in the swamp during the weekdays, I spend my free time fishing, paddling, being a lord of leisure on the beach or cheering for the only successful professional sports team Tennessee currently possesses (go preds).

KELSIE BUXBAUM​

  • Fall/Winter 2017-8
  • Arizona State University '15
  • Wildlife Restoration & Ecology 

My name is Kelsie Buxbaum. I was born and raised in southern California. After graduating high school, I moved to the desert of Arizona to study wildlife ecology at Arizona State University. Since then, I have worked for the forest service in western Wyoming, an outdoor education group in Casper Wyoming, and on a carnivore research project for a PhD candidate in Belize. I have an interest in mammals and amphibians but I think all critters are unique and amazing. I am excited to get to know and explore the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and learn about the ecology of the southeast.

MELISSA GONZALEZ

  • Spring/Summer 2018
  • University of Central Florida '17
  • Environmental Studies

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. 

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