Duties for Wildlife SCA Intern:
Wildlife Interns will work hard and build vital skills needed for a strong resume and excellent professional references in natural resources conservation. You will be part of a search-and-destroy team responsible for controlling invasive plants that are drastically degrading habitats of imperiled Florida species. You will hike cross-country through a beautiful, unique, rugged and ecologically-diverse subtropical forest in the heat of summer, often carrying a 45-pound backpack of herbicide, to carry out your important mission. You will be trained to identify native and invasive species, understand the safety and management of applying various physical and chemical methods of controlling different non-native invasive plant species, use advanced skills in Geographical Positioning Satellite data loggers, interface the logger with computer Geographical information System, improve your navigation and orienteering field skills, while you increase your outdoor fitness. You will be a Weedinator! With invasive species being among the greatest threats to conservation, these skills and experiences alone will greatly enhance your professional marketability, along with the positive reference you could earn from well-established professionals supervising you. in additional to your primary mission, you also will assist in endangered species surveys and monitoring, habitat enhancement projects, and work with other disciplines involved in conservation to broaden your experience and knowledge. We are looking only for field-rugged, dedicated, conservation professionals who will rightfully earn accolades with their sweat and the withered stalks of dead weeds in their wake. Do you have what it takes to call yourself an Ocala National Forest Weedinator?
Duties for Forestry SCA Intern:
- Inspects contracts for reforestation, timber stand improvement, or genetic tree improvement work such as planting, thinning, fertilizing, release, stand exam, cone collection, site preparation, and animal damage control.
- Examines plantations to determine present tree stocking and survival, tree species and conditions, presence of plantable areas for replanting or interplanting, competing vegetation species and density, and evidence of animal, insect or disease damage.
- Collects and classifies cones as to species and condition, and selects trees for tree improvement and reforestation cone collection.
- Assists in preparation of contracts for planting, thinning, fertilization, release, etc., by performing unit traverse, map preparation, and providing data for contract preparation and unit examination.
- Operates chainsaws and other power equipment to implement thinning, planting, pruning, fire suppression and other silvicultural objectives.
- Performs maintenance and cleaning of power equipment and hand tools.
- Plants trees and releases trees from vegetative competition by manual or chemical methods.
- As assigned, performs resource work in other areas, such as timber stand thinning, pruning, inspecting wildlife contracts, fire suppression, or burning slash.