The refuge provides intern opportunities at various times to perform a multitude of tasks. Most years, we seek recent college graduates with natural resource degrees that possess skills and knowledge that allow them to work alongside refuge biologists and not require extensive training. Working at both FL Panther and Ten Thousand Islands NWRs, these interns work full-time contributing to the habitat and biological programs by performing inventory and monitoring work, habitat treatments, and exotic species control. Most of these internships begin in January and last for 6-8 months enabling these young graduates chances to refine or enhance their skill sets and pursue an occasional special project that benefits our refuges. These opportunities are not for those that are not up for a stout challenge because working in each refuge includes hot and humid conditions and some noxious insects. But the benefits are worth the experience as interns learn from seasoned professionals and they broaden their skills and experience. Interns are supported with a stipend for living expenses and often are provided with refuge housing.
Intern opportunities are open to US citizens in good academic standing and often require background checks. On occasion, we may announce internships that focus more on public use and visitor services or fire management. These positions are announced at any time of the year and they may call for more specialized training and experience.