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 an in-depth experience in the Everglades ecosystem and with the NPS organization for potential future staff.
With funding support from The Alliance for Florida's National Parks 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
Our interns can expect to gain varied experience, valuable training, and unique opportunities to experience the Everglades that would be excellent additions to Curriculum Vitae or resumes. We offer modest stipends and have limited housing available for non-local interns. Please check the Texas A&M Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences job board and Handshake regularly for announcements of open Everglades BioCorps internship opportunities.
Note: We only accept applications when a position is open, not on a rolling basis. Most of our internships are long-term (more than 4 months), meaning that summer internships are usually not supported. This internship is for early career scientists that are over 18 years of age. Because of the length of our internships and the experience desired, we typically hire recent college graduates, but have been able to hire interns that are current students if they are able to fit the full length of an internship into their school schedule. These are typically full-time positions (40 hours per week) and that combined with technological constraints has meant that previous interns have had difficulty attending school during the internship.