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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--

     

SAM GOSS

  • Fall/Winter 2019-20
  • Smith College '18
  • Biology

Hi! My name is Sam, born and raised in South Florida. I graduated from Smith College in May 2018 with a degree in Biology. At Smith, I worked with salamanders in the Eastern hemlock forest as well as snails in the rocky intertidal zone. Since college, I’ve also monitored Pacific salmon and done behavioral research on Scimitar-horned oryx. I love all aspects of ecology, and am excited to work in our unique Everglades. My free time is spent reading, hiking, and herping.

BRIAN FEDAK

  • Summer 2019
  • Florida Atlantic University '18
  • Biology

Hello! My name is Brian Fedak. I graduated from Florida Atlantic University in December 2018 with a degree in Biological Sciences. At FAU, I had the privilege of working under Dr. Rindy Anderson, assisting her laboratory with Bachman's Sparrow research. I have also had experience in leading shorebird surveys for FAU’s ecology club. I have lived in south Florida all my life, and I am passionate about the conservation of our unique local ecosystems. My main interest is bird conservation, and I usually spend my free time bird watching and hiking all around Florida. I look forward to working this summer at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

ALEX NEWMAN-CARO

  • Spring 2019
  • University of Dayton '19
  • Environmental Biology

Howdy Folks! My name is Alex. I am a Texas boy and recently graduate of the University of Dayton. I have a degree in Environmental Biology and a minor in English. I have spent some time volunteering in the Herpetology Department at the San Antonio Zoo. I was also a teaching assistant for an Ecology and an Invertebrate Zoology Lab. I like all kinds of critters, but I especially love reptiles. Steve Irwin is very much a person I idolize. In my free time, I am usually watching the WWE, powerlifting, or exploring the great outdoors.

DANA NOBLE

  • Spring/Summer 2019
  • University of South Florida '18
  • Environmental Biology
Dana Noble has devoted a great deal of her time pursuing a career in the field of Conservation Ecology. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology and has been part of conservation projects ranging from mangrove health, animal rehabilitation, and herbicide treatment in the Great Smoky Mountains and elsewhere along the Southeastern coast through Americorp. Dana thoroughly enjoys her work with a passion and is always happy to go on a hike in the wilderness or to expand on her identification skills.

KENDALL WILLIAMS

  • Winter/Spring 2019
  • University of Florida '18
  • Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Hi all. My name is Kendall. I recently graduated from the University of Florida with a Wildlife Ecology and Conservation degree. I am very passionate about conservation and excited to partake in this internship for that purpose. This internship offers hands on experience with both natural resource management and research. I am looking forward to expanding my current skills and learning new ones. In my free time I like to go hiking, watch tv, and read.

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