Wildlife Biologist

Site Location: National Forests in Florida (Umatilla, FL)
Position Description:
This 24-week program is a rigorous work and learning experience that provides exposure to the Forest Service, development and training opportunities, and the opportunity to make a lasting impression on generations to come. Participants will gain experience in wildlife habitation. Specific duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Independently plan and conduct a variety of field studies of sensitive wildlife species to determine numbers, environmental conditions, andthe condition of the species and its habitat, and factors affecting the health¿and welfare of the species and its habitat. Data elements collected include such things as habitat conditions, age of habitat, location of species, nesting status, and the condition of the species being¿studied.  Evaluate data and recommends improvements of habitat or species protections.
  • Develop work plans to collect required data, determines recording requirements, and determines factors to use for complete habitat and species condition analyses. Participate with biologists in planning work and contribute ideas about uses of materials and methods. Improve, adapt, and develop techniques, procedures, and equipment.  Change study procedures and data collection in accordance with conditions found in order to provide clear, concise recommendations, which will improve habitat and condition of the species.
  • Provide detailed reports on work methods, data collected, and project evaluation.  Determine needs and recommend equipment requirements for projects, and assure equipment is operational and available when needed.
  • Schedule, organize, and execute project habitat improvement work based on the approved district wildlife program of work. This involves placement of wildlife nesting structures and planning, inventory, maintenance and documentation of the wildlife opening program. Implementation of the wildlife opening program can include preparing contracts and serving as contracting officer's representative (COR) on heavy equipment projects, disking, mowing, and brushing.
  • Independently or as a team lead, plan a wide variety of types of limited operational fishery projects that require diverse technical knowledge where dissimilar specialized methods, procedures, and techniques are required. Projects may occur in single or multiple phases and deal with regular as well as irregular issues. Extensive planning and coordination is required along with working with others, drawing up schedules, and selecting appropriate methods and procedures.
  • Install and maintain the Forest hydrologic instrumentation; repairs, calibrates, and services gages and recorders; perform all maintenance necessary to ensure optimal operation of all equipment.

Participants will gain:

  • A two-year hiring authority allowing interns to apply to internal Forest Service positions.
  • Mentorship from a master performer throughout the program in an apprentice-style setting that trains them specifically for a pre-identified permanent position in the Southern Region.
  • An invitation to a Southern Region job fair to apply for full-time positions.  The timing of the job fair will coincide with the ending of the internship

Participants should:

  • Have an interest in natural resources, public service and connecting people to their public lands.
  • Be willing to move to locations in the Southeast.  For this internship, a permanent position for which the intern is highly encouraged to apply is located in Silver Springs, FL.
  • Be interested in working in and fostering an inclusive work environment.

Application Deadline: May 13, 2017
Start Date: July 10, 2017
End Date: December 22, 2017
Stipend: $12/hr

Questions? Email Eboni Preston at epreston@gyfoundation.org.
Greening Youth Foundation (GYF, www.gyfoundation.org) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to nurture environmental stewardship among diverse youth and young adults, while exposing them to conservation careers.
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