[Coral-List] Summer Internship Opportunity at Biscayne National Park

Vanessa_McDonough at nps.gov Vanessa_McDonough at nps.gov
Fri Apr 29 09:32:04 EDT 2011

Summer Internship Opportunity at BISCAYNE NATIONAL PARK
American Conservation Experience:  Biscayne National Park Summer Fisheries
Internship (Bilingual Required)

ACE is a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization working in close partnership
with the National Park Service.  To learn more, please visit

Internship timeline:  This position will begin at the end of June (exact
start date is flexible), and will last for two months.

Position Description:
Biscayne National Park is hosting a two-month summer internship within the
Fisheries and Wildlife Program of the Resource Management Division.  The
internship provides a unique opportunity to explore the field of natural
resource management, to gain hands-on field experience with the National
Park Service, and to build job skills in preparation for a career with land
management agencies or in the non-profit sector.

ACE’s Biscayne National Park Fisheries Intern will work with Resource
Management and Law Enforcement staff to complete recreational fishing creel
surveys up to five days per week, including weekends.  The intern’s primary
duties will be: 1) conducting recreational fishing surveys to collect
information on fishing effort and catch statistics and 2) entering data
into the park’s creel survey  database.  The Intern will also have the
opportunity to participate in other Fisheries and Wildlife Program
projects, including monitoring and protecting sea turtle nests, conducting
invasive lionfish control, and  completing underwater visual surveys of
reef fish communities.  The intern will work 40 hours per week, typically
as five eight-hour days including both Saturday and Sunday, when
recreational fishing is most common.  Two consecutive mid-week days will be
set aside as lieu days.

ACE and Biscayne are seeking a college student or recent graduate enrolled
in a program focusing in Marine Biology, Fisheries Biology, Wildlife
Biology, Oceanography, Ecology, Environmental Science, or related fields.
Candidate must be familiar with and able to identify fish of South Florida.
Applicant must be fluent in English and Spanish.  Candidate should be
physically fit, comfortable working in and on the water, and have the
ability to work on small boats.  Strong communication skills and a
demonstrable history of communicating well with the public are essential.
Experience in fishing, fish, snorkeling and/or SCUBA diving is highly
desirable.   ACE is appropriate for hard working, positive minded people
who want to improve their career opportunities through hard work.

Project Location:

This internship provides an opportunity to work amid the diverse natural
beauty of a protected marine ecosystem while learning from National Park
Service professionals in the field of Fisheries Biology.     Located just
south of Miami and due East of Homestead, Florida, Biscayne is famous for
crystal clear waters providing habitat to over 350 species of fish.
Shallow warm waters are home to the iconic manatee while an abundance of
wading birds find refuge in the islands’ dense jungle-like forests and
coastal mangroves.    Coral reefs and shipwrecks submerged in aquamarine
waters provide some of the best scuba and snorkeling in North America,
accessible by canoe or sea kayak.

Reimbursement, Room and Board, and Benefits:

ACE’s Fisheries Intern at Biscayne National Park will receive $110 per week
as a food stipend and $900 per month as a housing allowance.

ACE will provide payroll services, Worker’s Compensation, Health Insurance,
and Commercial General Liability insurance to the intern

To Apply:

Please email a resume and cover letter with 3 professional references to
Biscayne National Park’s Fishery and Wildlife Biologist, Vanessa McDonough,
at vanessa_mcdonough at nps.gov .  Use “Biscayne Fisheries Internship” as the
subject heading of your email.  Applications must be received by May 13th,

Vanessa McDonough, Ph.D.
Fishery and Wildlife Biologist
Biscayne National Park
9700 SW 328th St
Homestead, FL 33033
ph: 305-230-1144 ext 027
fax: 305-230-1190

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