Management and Monitoring Intern

Expected Dates
February 4, 2021 to March 21, 2021
The Nature Conservancy Disney Wilderness Preserve
Position ID

The Management and Monitoring Intern assists The Nature Conservancy with aspects of science and restoration activities on The Disney Wilderness Preserve. The Intern works with biologists, land managers and volunteers to control and map invasive plants, monitor and manage wildlife species and natural communities, conduct hydrological data collection in swamps and other wetlands, and participate in prescribed fires. This position will be based at The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve, an 11,500-acre fire-managed high quality conservation site near Kissimmee Florida. The intern will be provided with training on prescribed fire, monitoring and restoration techniques, and the use of GIS software and GPS units.

  • Home to more than 1,000 species of plants and animals, The Disney Wilderness Preserve is an essential part of the Everglades ecosystem and contains 3,500 acres of restored wetlands that act as nature’s “sponges” in the landscape capturing rain, filtering out nutrients and replenishing our ground water.

    The core of The Disney Wilderness Preserve is comprised of what was once an 8,500-acre cattle ranch situated at the head of the Greater Everglades watershed. In the early 1990s, the ranch was slated for extensive residential and commercial development which would have spelled the end for the property’s degraded—but restorable—wetlands, as well as the destruction of significant habitat for endangered plants and wildlife.

  • Wildland Firefighter Type 2- S130/190, incident command training

    State Pesticide applicator Certification training

  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
some experience
Volunteer Coordination
some experience
All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
some experience