Recognizing the opportunity to create a dynamic and mutually beneficial internship program, South Florida Natural Resources Center staff conceived of the Everglades BioCorps internship program. The BioCorps program’s goals are to gain assistance on biological programs, provide training, and provide an in-depth experience in the Everglades ecosystem and with the NPS organization for potential future staff. With funding support from the South Florida National Parks Trust and the National Park Service, we established the BioCorps internship program in late 2012. Our program has grown since then and it continues to develop in exciting ways. We hire interns through universities or organizations with which Everglades National Park has entered into an agreement, such as the University of Florida and American Conservation Experience.
BioCorps interns typically work with Everglades National Park scientists or on park-related projects with collaborating organizations or agencies like the U.S. Geological Survey. We believe it is important to give interns a diverse experience while they are working with us, so many interns get experience with a variety of projects underway in Everglades National Park in addition to their primary duties. Some examples of recent internship projects include:
- Invasive reptile management and research
- Sea turtle nest monitoring
- Marine water quality and benthic habitat assessment and monitoring
- Freshwater aquatic ecology monitoring
- Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow research and monitoring
- Marine fisheries-dependent monitoring