Biology Assistant

Biology Assistant

Website Biscayne National Park

The Mosaics in Science Internship Program seeks to engage ethnically and racially diverse young professionals in natural resource careers.

Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

**All Mosaics in Science interns are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination**

Stipend: $600/week + park housing

Start Date: 05/16/2022

End Date: 08/08/2022

Project Description:

We seek an intern to conduct Recreational Fishing Creel Surveys within Biscayne National Park to assess the status of targeted fishery resources, the efficacy of new fishing regulations, and the extent of visitor compliance to fishing regulations. New regulations were enacted in July of 2020 to improve the status of targeted species and the habitats they utilize, both of which have long been acknowledged to be in decline due to a variety of factors.

Creel surveys are vital to: i) monitoring fishing effort and resources in the park, ii) determining if visitors are compliant with the new regulations, iii) providing outreach to uneducated visitors, and iv) assessing if the new regulations are improving the fishing experience. The intern will be trained in the creel survey methodologies and identification of commonly harvested fish species. They will be expected to operate from the local public marinas that feed into Biscayne National Park and interact with park visitors as they return to the marina from their day of fishing. The intern will ask a series of questions about the fishing experience, then examine landings to obtain data on sizes and numbers of species landed. The intern would be expected to conduct creel surveys during the peak fishing days each week (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

For the remaining two days per work week (either Monday/Tuesday or Wednesday/Thursday), the intern will work closely with other Natural Resource Management staff to gain a well-rounded exposure to various natural resource management activities within Biscayne National Park. Specific tasks will vary from week to week, but will likely include at least some of the following activities: a) monitoring and protection of threatened and endangered sea turtle nests; b) providing top-side support and data collection assistance for park SCUBA operations focused on in- water fish surveys and non-native lionfish removals; c) collection of water samples for salinity monitoring, red tide assessments, and/or ocean acidification studies; d) marine debris clean-ups from coastal (beach and mangrove) and marine (shallow reefs and seagrass) habitats, and e) survey and trapping efforts for non-native reptiles such as green iguanas, tegus, and Burmese pythons.

For all assigned tasks, the intern will be responsible for neat, complete data collection, database entry, and proper filing of hard copies of data. Should the intern demonstrate the need/desire/capabilities to conduct data analyses, the mentor will guide the intern in completion of data analyses and summary statistics. Examples of data analyses include catch per unit effort, average size of harvested species over time, and occurrence of violations (for creel data).


This internship is geared towards those with coursework and/or degrees in biology, environmental science, marine science, ecology, and other similar disciplines. Much of the creel survey work will be independent, and as such, the intern must demonstrate a strong work ethic, a responsible nature, and good decision-making skills. Due to the multi-cultural nature of Miami-Dade County, the ability to speak another language, particularly Spanish, is considered an ideal qualification. The intern must be comfortable working outdoors in extreme temperatures, riding and working on boats and being in and on the water for extended amounts of time. Individuals prone to seasickness should not apply. Lastly, because the intern will need to drive government vehicles to access the local marinas to conduct creel surveys, a valid driver’s license is needed.

The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident (“green-card-holder”) between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, inclusive, or veterans up to age 35. Prior to starting this position, a government security background clearance will be required.

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