Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is the crown jewel of a vast network of state, federal and local conservation lands covering over 1.3 million acres in northern Florida’s Big Bend Region. This 72,000 acre wildlife refuge supports a complex array of habitats, ranging from coastal saltwater marshes to xeric upland pine forests. Stretching over 40 miles along Apalachee Bay on the Gulf of Mexico, the refuge lies in the eastern portion of the sparsely populated Florida panhandle, but is within a short drive of full amenities approximately 20 miles north in Florida’s capital city, Tallahassee.
· 1 position available
· $ 150/week living allowance paid by check weekly from Friends of St Marks National Wildlife Refuge
· Approximate Work Dates: October 1 – Dec 15, 2018 (with a non-paid break the week of Thanksgiving)
Site Description: St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
Position Description, Expectations and Opportunities:
***This is an Environmental Education position, not a biological position, preference will be given to those with education experience.***
Do you enjoy working with students of all ages? Are you looking for a job that allows you to be outdoors and share knowledge the environment around you? Are you a self-motivated, hard- working individual? Do you want to work in the field of environmental education? Then St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is looking for you to be a part of our education team, to assist with environmental education, outreach, interpretation, special event planning and much more. This opportunity is intended for an enthusiastic young professional with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in environmental education. The intern will gain valuable experience educating groups of various ages, and backgrounds through environmental education programs, guided tours, outreach, and special events, while taking advantage of networking opportunities with wildlife and education professionals. Work hours will normally be 80 hours over a 2-week period, although additional work hours may be required during especially busy times early in the morning, at night, and/or on weekends. The position may require walking through difficult terrain in hot/cold and buggy conditions. Inclement weather, poisonous plants, stinging insects and venomous snakes are inherent dangers in this work environment.
This position will be responsible for and will gain experience in the following:
· Assisting, developing, conducting programs and assisting staff with education programs including Saturday programs, off and onsite programming and public and community events.
· Maintaining and updating educational/informational displays
· Preparing for programs
· Scanning documents into files.
· Consistently projecting a positive, professional attitude and approach to the job, the Refuge, co-workers and visitors
· Assisting with various duties as needed
· Gaining experience in curriculum development, program delivery, volunteer and youth mentor supervision, verbal/written communications and interpretation, visitor services, record keeping and data entry
· Handling and helping to maintain education animal habitats (includes non-venomous snakes)
Other duties may include but are not limited to: completing cleaning and maintenance/administrative tasks associated with the refuge education building, programs and events, attending routine organizational and departmental meetings and participating in various training opportunities as appropriate.
· US Citizen
· Possess a valid driver’s license
· Current student or recent graduate in education, natural resources education, or a related field.
· Must be at least 18 years old
· Must be self-motivated and self sufficient
· Must be able to take and follow directions and complete appointed tasks in a timely manner
· Must be punctual and have regular attendance
· Must possess a willingness to learn
· Applicant must be comfortable working outdoors in the Florida heat, (or cold) alongside biting insects and venomous snakes, in wet or dry conditions
· Ability to accommodate unusual work hours (early mornings, evenings, weekends etc.)
· A high level of interest in teaching students of diverse ages and backgrounds.
· Excellent public speaking skills for audiences of various ages and abilities
· The ability to work independently and in a team setting while foreseeing and quickly correcting potential problems.
· Proficient in Microsoft Office, Google Drive and various social media formats
· An optimistic “can-do” attitude
· Willingness to abide by the refuge’s mission, vision and values
· First aid and CPR certification preferred
· Knowledge of local flora and fauna is desired but not required
· The successful applicant must be able to live and work well with people of various backgrounds. Having the ability to separate personal issues from professional time (and the ability to resolve any personal issues quickly with little conflict) is crucial for this position.
· Should be current on Tetanus immunization
Housing is a fully furnished 4-bedroom trailer, located at the refuge work center on US 98 near the town of St. Marks. The intern will have their own bedroom and will share the common living room, bathrooms and kitchen with biological interns. Laundry facilities are located in the compound. WiFi is available. Housing unit is twelve miles to Crawfordville, which has limited services but has groceries, walk in clinic, etc. Additional shopping opportunities are available in Tallahassee, within 20-25 miles.
Personal vehicle is required for off-duty travel. Refuge vehicle or transportation with refuge staff will be provided for daily work activities.
How to Apply:
Please send resume, references and any other materials you feel is pertinent to Lori Nicholson at Lori_Nicholson@fws.gov
Application deadline is July 31, 2018 at midnight
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 68
St. Marks, FL 32355