Land Management Intern
November 28, 2022 to August 27, 2023
Ordway-Swisher Biological Station
This position requires that applicants have had professional Chainsaw training in the past. Preferred training includes S-130 and S-190 (Wildland Firefighting Basic) which will be provided within the first 60 days.
The Ordway-Swisher Biological Station is a year-round biological field station established for the long-term study and conservation of unique ecosystems through management, research, and education. This position will work closely with the Land Management Specialist and other station staff to complete various land management tasks throughout the station. The station has an active prescribed fire program, and as such, a major focus of this position will be to aid in the preparation of burn units as well as conduct controlled burns. Other major projects will include sandhill restoration, invasive plant control, road maintenance, debris removal, and data collection. Various other duties include upkeep and maintenance of station facilities, data entry, and assisting with public tours.
40% Chainsaw operation and dragging debris
25% Prescribed fire
10% Herbicide or mechanical treatment of invasive species
15% Debris removal
5% Data collection
5% Various other tasks
In this position, there will be approximately 2 weeks of time off around the winter holidays due to the field station closing during that time.
Required: candidates must have chainsaw experience required.
Intern living allowance = $250 per week
The Ordway-Swisher Biological Station is located about two miles east of Melrose FL and consists of about 9500 acres. The station is a mosaic of fire-dependent sandhill, xeric hammock, upland mixed forest, swamp, marshes, and many lakes. The area is quite remote with the small towns of Melrose and Hawthorne each about a 15-minute drive away. Both towns have a grocery store, a couple of restaurants, and a library. However, the city of Gainesville is a larger town and offers a wider variety of stores and is about a 45-minute drive away.
-Basic Wildland Firefighter Training S130 & S190
-S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaw instruction with a NWCG FAL1 qualified sawyer.
-Opportunity to obtain FL state pesticide applicators license.
-UTV and Tractor safety training.
-GPS/GIS field training.
Opportunity to work with and learn from professionals in the field on a daily basis. Northcentral Florida offers many opportunities for kayaking, hiking, and fishing. Some highlights in the area include Paynes Prairie Preserve and Ichetucknee Springs SP.
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
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