[Coral-List] Coral-List Digest, Vol 29, Issue 5

Vanessa_McDonough at nps.gov Vanessa_McDonough at nps.gov
Tue Jan 11 15:28:58 EST 2011

Lionfish Internship Available
Biscayne National Park in Homestead, FL is seeking to fill a year-long
internship position to assist in the implementation of its Lionfish
Management Plan.  The intern will work with staff biologists, technicians,
and other interns to: 1) identify and remove lionfish throughout various
park habitats, 2) conduct habitat assessments to determine environmental
preferences of lionfish, 3) complete lab analyses on collected specimens,
4) maintain the park’s lionfish database, and 5) participate in outreach
and educational activities to educate the public about lionfish.  Although
lionfish-related work will make up the bulk of the intern’s tasks, the
opportunity to participate in other resource management activities (such as
sea turtle nest monitoring, reef fish and invertebrate monitoring,
recreational creel surveys, and injured wildlife response) will be
provided.  Applicant must be comfortable working in the water, must be
SCUBA certified from a recognized dive program (e.g. PADI, NAUI, SSI,
YMCA), and must be willing to enter the National Park Service (NPS) dive
program.  Experience operating and working from small boats is preferred.
Due to limited housing availability, Biscayne National Park is only able to
recruit female applicants at this time.

The internship is through the American Conservation Experience (ACE).  ACE
will provide staff support and administration, payroll services, worker's
comp, health insurance, commercial general liability insurance, and an ACE

The NPS will provide supervision and oversight, necessary
training/certification including entry into the NPS dive program and
motorboat operation training, dive gear, field equipment, and personal
protective equipment.  Park housing (dorm-style setting) will be provided;
he provided housing is located on site at Biscayne National Park,

The intern will receive a $110 per week stipend, paid bi-weekly, as well as
a $700 one-time transportation/relocation expense payment.

We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible, with a start date
as early as January 18th, 2011.

If you are interested in this position, please email your resume to Vanessa
McDonough (vanessa_mcdonough at nps.gov) and Shane Barrows (
sbarrow at usaconservation.org)

Please forward to anyone who may be interested

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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