Application Deadline: November 1, 2016
The University of Florida’s Nature Coast Biological Station (NCBS, http://ncbs.ifas.ufl.edu) located in Cedar Key, Florida is working in partnership with the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge (CRNWR) in seeking two student interns for the period of December – April 2017. The internships are funded by the CRNWR and will work UF and refuge staff to evaluate how human recreation can influence Florida’s manatee populations. The CRNWR was established in 1983 specifically for the protection of the endangered West Indian Manatee. This unique refuge preserves the last undeveloped area in Kings Bay and provides critical thermal refuge for manatee each winter. These research internships offer an excellent opportunity for students to work in partnership with UF faculty and agency cooperators to address an issue of critical management and conservation concern in the region.
Job Duties: Duties may include but are not limited to: visual manatee surveys, visitor surveys, boat surveys, scientific equipment deployment, data entry, report writing, GIS mapping, and other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications: Must be in the process of obtaining a degree in a natural resource field at The University of Florida. The ability to work in inclement weather conditions with biting and stinging insects, poison ivy and in small boats for extended periods is mandatory. Candidate must be a strong swimmer. Travel and some overnight stay is required. Housing will be provided for overnight field work. Candidate must have a valid driver’s license to be able to drive government vehicles.
Preferred Qualifications: Excellent communication skills and the ability to engage the public with surveys and informal discussions are preferred. Successful candidates will work closely with NCBS faculty, US Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife Refuge staff, and volunteers. Prior field work experience, GPS/GIS proficiency, and MS Access, Excel and Word computer skills are preferred. Experience with canoes/kayaks with some knowledge of small boat operation.
Work Schedule and Wages: The work schedule for this position can be adjusted based on their schedule, but the student must have at least two full free days available per week, which can include weekends. The interns will be paid $12 per hour.
Please send a CV and contact information for three references to Savanna Barry, NCBS firstname.lastname@example.org by November 1, 2016. The CV should include GPA as well as details of experience and skills relevant to the position.