Land Management/Prescribed Fire Intern (PO-00735112)

Housing is provided. S-130 and S-190 (Wildland Firefighting Basic) will be provided within the first 60 days. Professional Chainsaw training in the past is preferred.

The Ordway-Swisher Biological Station is a year-round biological field station established for the long-term study and conservation of unique ecosystems through management, research, and education.  This position will work closely with the Land Management Specialist and other station staff to complete various land management tasks throughout the station.  The station has an active prescribed fire program, and as such, a major focus of this position will be to aid in the preparation of burn units as well as conduct controlled burns.  Other major projects will include sandhill restoration, invasive plant control, road maintenance, debris removal, and data collection.  Various other duties include upkeep and maintenance of station facilities, data entry, and assisting with public tours.

40% Chainsaw operation and dragging debris
30% Prescribed fire
10% Herbicide or mechanical treatment of invasive species
10% Debris removal
5% Data collection/GIS
5% Various other tasks

In this position, there will be approximately 2 weeks of time off around the winter holidays due to the field station closing during that time.
Required: candidates must have chainsaw experience.

Intern living allowance = $300 per week
Americorp's award: 900 hr., $3,447.50
One time Travel allowance of $1,100

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Position ID: PO-00735112

Expected Dates: November 6, 2023 - May 26, 2024

693 FL-26, Melrose, FL 32666, USA
Melrose, FL 32666

Training Provided: -Basic Wildland Firefighter Training S130 & S190 -S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaw instruction -Opportunity to obtain FL state pesticide applicators license. -UTV and Tractor safety training. -GPS/GIS field training.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Opportunity to work with and learn from professionals in the field on a daily basis. Northcentral Florida offers many opportunities for kayaking, hiking, and fishing. Some highlights in the area include Paynes Prairie Preserve and Ichetucknee Springs SP.

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

Melrose is 4.3 miles away and does offer some amenities such as a grocery store and library, but any sort of entertainment or other recreational opportunities are further away and will require a car to get to Gainesville which is about 20 miles away.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
A. Partner will provide suitable housing for the member

3 Bedroom, 2 bathroom cabin overlooking a small lake.  Both interns would be given their own private room.

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

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