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Land Management Internship 10/2022-8/2023

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.

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. 

Intern living allowance = $250 per week 

Housing provided = 3 Bedroom, 2-bathroom cabin overlooking a small lake.  Interns would be given their own private room 


Training Opportunities:  

-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 



If interested, please contact Tracey Sleek at tasleek@ufl.edu with your resume. 




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