WORKING TITLE: Land Management Intern
FOCAL WORK: Land Management/Conservation
The Ordway-Swisher Biological Station (OSBS) is a year-round field station established for the long-term study and conservation of unique ecosystems through management, research, and education. The Station is 9,500+ acres and is located approximately 20 miles east of Gainesville in Melrose (Putnam County, Florida). Due to the sensitivity of the work conducted on-site, the facility is not open to the public.
- Acquire experience with real-world land management
- Develop professional connections
- Gain valuable experience and skills with land management tools and equipment
Land Management Interns are an important component of the station’s conservation, research, and education operations. The Ordway-Swisher Biological Station provides many opportunities to apply your skills as well as develop new ones. The successful intern will perform a wide variety of important jobs for the station’s operation and maintenance. These tasks may include:
- Assist station staff with monitoring and GPS tasks as needed
- Assist in preparation of burn units
- Operate tractors for mowing (Experience or training required)
- Operate UTVs for scouting roads for clearing/trimming
- Participate in invasive species management tasks
- Restore areas containing refuse (old fencing, dump sites, road shoulders etc.)
This position requires the utilization of tools such as: rakes, shovels, loppers, machetes, brush cutters, and power tools. Any heavy equipment work will require demonstration of experience or receive training by OSBS staff. This work requires physical exertion and/or muscular strain, frequent overhead lifting, bending and dragging of debris. Individuals interested in this work must demonstrate good physical fitness. Transportation to and from the station is also required.
Limited to 8 hours per/wk (during business hours on a weekday). The internship will run from mid-May to mid-August 2017.
SUPERVISOR: Land Management Specialists
- Successful background screening may be required
- Successful medical assessment may be required
- Work well with others and follow directions
- Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
- Demonstrate the ability to operate equipment safely
- Valid driver’s license and safe driving record
- Demonstrate the safe operation of a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV)
- OSBS hat & shirt
- S-130/S-190 Basic Wildland Fire training provided (August 2017 – dates TBD)
Please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is 3/31/17.