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Internship Opportunities

2014 Northern Bobwhite Research Internships

Bobwhite quail release

The Game Bird lab at Tall Timbers Research Station is seeking individuals to participate in our internship program. TTRS is a private non-profit organization focusing research efforts on sustainable management of bobwhite quail, timber, and prescribed fire use. Current game bird research objectives include monitoring demographics on the bobwhite population here at TTRS and assessing quail habitat use in relation to prescribed fire, timber stand characteristics, and movement patterns in relation to supplemental feeding treatments.  Other projects include investigating effects of imprinting and parent-rearing techniques on quail chick survival and movements post-release, and the calling rates of radio-tagged males during summer.  Additionally, small mammal population monitoring, raptor indices, various vegetation sampling projects, and GPS/GIS mapping projects are also being conducted.

Northern Bobwhite Research Internship

  • 1 – 2 positions: August - December

Responsibilities include:

  1. Daily radio telemetry of tagged northern bobwhites (50%)
  2. Assistance with chick captures, parent-reared chick imprinting procedures, Fall covey counts, and quail trapping / banding (40%)
  3. Data entry and other assigned duties (10%)

Applicants are encouraged to apply for August positions, which have much fewer applicants and an improved chance for acceptance.

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).

Bud Bostick
Tall Timbers Research Station
13093 Henry Beadel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32312
Email Shane Wellendorf
(Electronic submissions/inquires encouraged, preferably in MS word or in body of message)


Vertebrate Ecology Program 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 Vertebrate Ecology 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
13093 Henry Beadel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32312
Email Jim Cox
(Electronic submissions/inquires encouraged, preferably in MS word)


Fire Ecology Program Internships

Intern

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 2 months during the summer starting sometime in May, but you may inquire about internships at other times of the year. Review of applications for summer internships begins February 15 and are filled as appropriate candidates are found, so we strongly suggest having application materials in by this date. You may contact Angie Reid (contact information below) for more information.

Duties: Specific activities vary from year to year and among interns, but they may include identifying and measuring plants for productivity and fuel consumption, measuring trees for long-term forest censuses, assisting with research prescribed burns and fire behavior measurements, collecting and analyzing soil samples, 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

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. Number of days worked per week is negotiable, but interns will be expected to work full 8 hour days.

To Apply: Please send a statement of how you expect the experience to benefit your career and your qualifications for conducting the work, a resume, academic transcript, full contact information for two or more references from previous employers or educators, photocopy of your driver’s license, and a date range and number of hours per week that you will be available. Please note whether or not you require housing on station. Electronic submission is preferable. Send application materials to:

Angie Reid
Fire Ecologist

Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy
13093 Henry Beadel Road
Tallahassee, FL 32312
Email Angie Reid

 

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