Wildlife Management Intern

Expected Dates
November 13, 2017 to November 10, 2018
Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge
Position ID
Pelican Island NWR will be the primary working location but there are many opportunities to gain experience at Everglades Headwaters NWR and Conservation Area, Archie Carr NWR and Lake Wales Ridge NWR. Work primarily consists of day-to-day wildlife management/operations of a national wildlife refuge, and support for visitor service and outreach programs. The critical elements of the internship include:

1) Participating in various refuge programs, including sea turtle surveys, small mammal surveys, and bird surveys.
2) Mapping, identifying, and eradicating non-native, invasive plants on the refuge.

3) Assisting staff with various responsibilities, including data entry, data analysis, and mapping projects.

4) Assisting staff with projects related to invasive species management, habitat restoration, and property/facility upkeep.

5) Assisting with visitor service and outreach efforts such as interacting with the public, guiding tours, presenting refuge related information, providing inputs to social media sites, and orienting visitors.

The intern is expected to work independently or with little supervision on projects as well as in a group setting with others, and have the capacity to administer proper monitoring protocols. Applicants are required to work in challenging field conditions and will be exposed to various environmental factors including snakes, bugs, heat, and poison ivy. 

Preference will be given to those who have biology, outreach, GPS/GIS experience, and willing to regularly conduct field work and maintain facilities and equipment on a regular basis. 

Housing is provided on Pelican Island NWR in Vero Beach, FL and will be in a shared housing situation. The building is fully furnished and completed in Summer of 2017. An increased weekly living allowance of $210/week will also be provided.

  • Everglades Headwaters NWR Complex includes Everglades Headwaters, Pelican Island, Archie Carr, and Lake Wales Ridge National Wildllife Refuges. The refuges protect some of the nation’s most biologically diverse habitats and wildlife. New housing and office is located on Pelican Island NWR in Vero Beach, FL.
  • GPS/GIS, ATV operation/safety, kayak safety; herbicide safety/application; and federal computer security and records management, federal government computer systems, operating government vehicles, various tools and equipment, networking opportunities
  • UCF`s Marine Turtle Research Group graduate program & training in sea turtle surveys/monitoring, 3 state parks, many parks/facilities, surfing, biking, hiking, camping, bird watching, scenic driving, kayaking/boating/fishing, tourist destinations.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Wildlife Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree minor or extensive experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
competent with supervision
Data Entry
competent with supervision
competent with supervision
some experience
All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
some experience