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Internship Opportunities

Game Bird Lab – Wild Turkey Research Intern

The primary task of the intern will be tracking wild turkeys using VHF telemetry and the triangulation technique to obtain locations. Other duties will include climbing ladders to change out batteries in SongMeter recording devices, marking turkey nest locations, and conducting flush counts of wild turkey poults. Preference will be given to those candidates that have previous VHF telemetry experience, but anyone interested is encouraged to apply.

Fieldwork will begin in early March and last 14-16 weeks.

Field housing and utilities will be provided at no cost for the duration of the internship. Housing conditions are very nice by most people’s standards. Access to Wi-Fi, library facilities, and many wildlife professionals for professional networking opportunities will be available at the research station office. A personal vehicle is not required but recommended for trips to grocery stores or any recreational trips when not working.

Qualifications:

  • VHF Telemetry experience (particularly using triangulation techniques)
  • Previous work with wild turkeys a plus
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, i.e. early mornings, some weekends
  • Ability to work long hours
  • Good directional and navigational skills
  • Ability to tolerate hot and humid field conditions
  • Competency using a smart phone or tablet device
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record
  • Ability to work independently in the field with minimal supervision

Compensation: Internship stipend is $230/week. Housing is provided at no cost.

Applicant should submit a letter of interest including the earliest and latest dates available to work, a CV/ resume with prior work experience and the names and contact information of 3 references. Email application materials to Aaron Griffith.


Game Bird Lab – Bachman’s sparrow Intern

The majority of the fieldwork for this position will be nest searching, banding, and re-sighting surveys for Bachman’s sparrows. However, because the Bachman’s sparrow work is part of a larger study on predator-prey dynamics, this position will also involve small mammal trapping (approx. 10 days throughout the summer), hawk and owl surveys, and may include occasional help with snake mark-recapture. The study also includes video-monitoring of nests, and the person in this position will help with maintaining video equipment, changing batteries, and reviewing video. Experience using behavioral cues to find songbird nests and experience mist-netting/banding songbirds is strongly preferred for this position.

Fieldwork will begin in April and last 14-16 weeks.

Field housing and utilities will be provided at no cost for the duration of the internship. Housing conditions are very nice by most people’s standards. You’ll have a room to yourself in a house that is on property. The house was recently renovated, has a full kitchen, washer/dryer, and scenic views. The research station next door has office space with WiFi, library facilities, and many wildlife professionals for professional networking opportunities. A personal vehicle is not required but recommended for trips to grocery stores or any recreational trips when not working.

Qualifications:

  • Experience nest searching
  • Ability to read and distinguish color bands
  • Ability to identify songbirds in southeastern open pine habitat by sight and sound
  • S. in wildlife related field
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, i.e. early mornings, some weekends
  • Ability to work long hours
  • Good directional and navigational skills
  • Ability to tolerate hot and humid field conditions
  • Competency using a smart phone or tablet device
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record
  • Ability to work independently in the field with minimal supervision

Compensation: Internship stipend is $230/week. Housing is provided at no cost.

Applicant should submit a letter of interest including the earliest and latest dates available to work, a CV/ resume with prior work experience and the names and contact information of 3 references. Email application materials to kristen.malone@ufl.edu.


Northern Bobwhite Research Internship

Northern Bobwhite Research Internship

  • 1 – 2 positions: January – April

Job Description:

The game bird program at Tall Timbers Research Station is looking for an individual(s) to assist with northern bobwhite trapping, banding, and attaching radio transmitters. The work would involve pre-baiting trap sites, mapping trap locations, checking traps at night, banding, data entry, radio telemetry, and other duties assigned.

Additionally, applicants should submit materials early for all positions, which are open until filled.

Internship positions are 12-16 weeks in length, start and end dates are flexible.

Qualifications: Applicants should be working toward a B.S. in wildlife ecology or related field. Consideration will also be given to recently graduated individuals interested in gaining more field experience. Previous fieldwork and computer experience is beneficial, but not required. Individuals need a valid driver’s license and must have a good driving record.

Compensation: Internship stipend is $230/week ($920/month). Housing and utilities are provided at no cost. Hunting and fishing privileges on our properties may be included.

To apply please send a cover letter clearly stating your research interests, career goals, which position you are applying for, and the earliest and latest dates available to work. Also, include your resume and a minimum of three references (please state their relationship to you).

Dr. Theron Terhune
Tall Timbers Research Station
13093 Henry Beadel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32312

Email Theron Terhune

(Electronic submissions/inquiries encouraged, preferably in MS word or in body of message)


Stoddard Bird Lab Internships

Grad student Clark Jones (l) and summer interns Emily Toriani and Emily Pipher processing a netted Bachman’s Sparrow.

Grad student Clark Jones (l) and summer interns Emily Toriani and Emily Pipher processing a netted Bachman’s Sparrow.

The Stoddard Bird Lab can help you gain valuable field experience. Current research projects include monitoring the Red Hills population of the endangered Red‑cockaded Woodpecker, assessing the effects of prescribed burning on populations of Bachman’s Sparrows, understanding the cooperative breeding system of the Brown‑headed Nuthatch, monitoring Gopher Tortoise populations, snag inventory on an old‑growth pine forest, and investigating avian community composition and productivity along a gradient from old field pine to undisturbed longleaf pine forests. Internships typically are awarded by mid-February, so applications should be submitted by Jan 15 of each year. The number of interns varies from year to year, so contact Jim Cox (contact info below) for more specific information.
Duties: Interns help mist-net birds, conduct nest searches, monitor color‑banded individuals, assist with with banding Red‑cockaded Woodpeckers, collect vegetation sampling, perform GPS/GIS mapping, and assist with prescribed burning.

All interns are highly encouraged to complete a research project. Research projects include development of study hypotheses, collecting and analyzing field data.

Recent intern Kelly Heffernan with an Indigo Bunting netted on the Wade Tract.

Recent intern Kelly Heffernan with an Indigo Bunting netted on the Wade Tract.

Some examples of intern research project topics include:

  • Response of Bachman’s Sparrows to different vocalizations
  • Home range and movements of Brown‑headed Nuthatches
  • Snag inventory and use in an old growth pine forest
  • Gopher tortoise inventory

Internship positions are 10 weeks in length and typically take place in summer; however some internships may be available at other times.

Qualifications: Applicants should be working toward a B.S. in ecology or related field. Consideration will also be given to recently graduated individuals interested in gaining more field experience. Previous fieldwork and computer experience is beneficial, but not required. Individuals need a valid driver’s license and must have a good driving record.

Compensation: Internship stipend is $225/week ($2250 total). Housing and utilities are provided at no cost. To apply, please send a cover letter clearly stating your research interests and the earliest and latest dates available to work. Also, include your resume and a minimum of three references to:

Jim Cox
Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy
13093 Henry Beadel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32312
Email Jim Cox
(Electronic submissions/inquires encouraged, preferably in MS word)


Fire Ecology Program Internships

Intern Daniel Godwin conducting an experimental prescribed burn.

Intern Daniel Godwin conducting an experimental prescribed burn.

The Fire Ecology Program seeks to provide field and laboratory experience for college students and recent graduates in the areas of plant ecology, ecosystem ecology, and fire science. Our research focus includes effects of fire regime on plant communities, soil chemistry, carbon sequestration, and fire behavior in southern pine forests and hardwood bottomland forests, effects of prescribed fire on air quality, and natural history of the local region. Most internships last 8-12 weeks during the summer starting sometime in May, but you may inquire about internships at other times of the year.

Duties: Specific activities vary from year to year and among interns, but they may include identifying and measuring plants to characterize changes in vegetation in response to fire regime, measuring trees for long-term forest censuses, assisting with research prescribed burns and fire behavior measurements, collecting and analyzing soil samples, mapping burned areas, and entering and processing data using database and GIS software. The habitat types where work is conducted include native longleaf pine-wiregrass forest, old-field pine forest, and old growth beech magnolia forest.

Qualifications: Applicants should be college students or recent graduates in biology, wildlife, forestry, natural resources, or related fields and have an interest in a career in natural resources. Applicants will be evaluated based on the potential benefit of the experience to his or her career plans and satisfactory references regarding work habits, professionalism, attitude, and physical fitness, as work is sometimes strenuous and conducted in difficult outdoor conditions. Employment will be contingent upon passing a driver’s record background check (no points on driver’s record for the past 3 years) for insurance purposes.

Intern Meredith Liedy measuring soil bulk density.

Intern Meredith Liedy measuring soil bulk density.

Compensation: Internship stipends are $225 per week. Limited housing is available at no cost to full-time interns, and some compensation is provided for commuting. Interns will be expected to work full 8 hour days.

Deadlines: Review of applications for summer internships begins February 15 and are filled as appropriate candidates are found.

To Apply: Please submit:

  • A statement of how you expect the experience to benefit your career and your qualifications for conducting the work
  • Resume
  • Updated academic transcript (does not have to be official)
  • Full contact information for two or more references from previous employers or educators
  • Photocopy of your driver’s license
  • Beginning and ending date of your period of availability
  • Please note whether or not you require housing on station. Electronic submission is preferable

Send application materials to:

Dr. Monica Rother, Fire Ecologist
Email Monica Rother
Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy
13093 Henry Beadel Road
Tallahassee, FL 32312