Gopher Tortoise Conservation Internship

Gopher Tortoise Conservation Internship

The Gopher Tortoise Management Program offers internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students interested in species conservation. The Gopher Tortoise Conservation Internship is a great opportunity for students to gain valuable experience working as part of a state wildlife conservation agency. Each intern is assigned a project(s) that come directly from the Gopher Tortoise Management Plan based on the interns major, skills, and interests.  

Below is a list of previous interns, their corresponding projects, and links to their final projects (if available online). In addition to obtaining professional experience, the internship has also helped many interns graduate with jobs through FWC or other environmental agencies.

Upperclassman and graduate students in the Tallahassee area are encouraged to apply. For more information about the program visit our website. To apply, submit a completed application to Alex Kalfin at Alex.Kalfin@MyFWC.com

Zack Nadrich (Spring 2016)

zack-nadrich.jpgZack ran a statistical analysis and created a summary report to assess the usage of various permit types offered by the program. Zack reviewed such parameters as permit usage by County, project acreage for each permit type, and the male:female ratio of recipient sites. Zack also worked on updating data received through our Mortality Data Webform, and created map showing mortality data throughout the state using ArcGIS. Zack worked with our intern Andrea on the “Gopher Tortoise Day” marketing packet, by creating a Facebook post that reached over 18,000 people!

Zack graduated from FSU this spring with a degree in Applied Mathematics. Zack received a job offer from Geico headquarters in Washington D.C., and plans to pursue a Master’s degree in the future.

Andrea Williams (Spring 2016)

andrea-williams.jpgAndrea created a marketing packet and website to promote April 10th as “Gopher Tortoise Day” in the state of Florida.  The website provides information for local governments interested in adopting a “Gopher Tortoise Day” resolution and hosting events in their community.  Andrea was the Volunteer Program Coordinator for the semester, and helped to further implement the new Incidental Take Permit Gopher Tortoise Relocation Program.  Andrea also served as the Education & Outreach Coordinator for the semester, planning multiple outreach events and presentations for a variety of audiences.

Andrea plans to graduate from FSU in the spring of 2017 with a B.S. in Environmental Science. After graduation, Andrea would like to have a career working in environmental or endangered species conservation, after completing the Peace Corps Master’s Program.

 Previous Years Interns



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