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Salary– $200/week plus housing

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

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 84,000-acre wildlife refuge supports a complex array of habitats, ranging from coastal saltwater marshes to xeric upland pine forests.  Stretching over 40 miles across Apalachee Bay on the Gulf of Mexico, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge lies in the eastern portion of the sparsely populated Florida Panhandle but is within a short drive of full amenities approximately 25 miles north in Tallahassee. 

Examples of projects you may work on:

  • Recovery efforts for Threatened frosted flatwoods salamanders, including larvae trapping, drift fence trapping of adults and metamorphs, raising larvae in mesocosms (cattle tanks), and marking and releasing metamorphs
  • Habitat monitoring of ephemeral ponds used by frosted flatwoods salamanders through vegetation sampling and photopoints
  • Assist in the monitoring and banding of Endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers
  • Pine grassland dependent bird (Bachman’s sparrow, brown-headed nuthatch) surveys using call playback/response techniques
  • Collect biological data at hunt check stations at St. Vincent NWR
  • Data entry and analysis of frosted flatwoods salamander, red-cockaded woodpecker, and prescribed burning records, as well as other databases
  • Gopher tortoise surveys, including using a scope to determine burrow occupancy
  • Camera surveys for feral hog control
  • Exotic/invasive plant surveys and control activities including application of herbicides with backpack sprayers and/or manual removal
  • Native ecosystem restoration, including herbicide application, cutting vegetation, and/or planting
  • Forest stand and habitat inventory using a Trimble GPS and ArcPad software