South Florida Land Conservation Steward Intern

South Florida Land Conservation Steward Intern

Expected Dates

August 16, 2017 to August 12, 2018


The Nature Conservancy Blowing Rocks Preserve

Position ID


Based out of The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Blowing Rocks Preserve in Hobe Sound, Florida, the South Florida Land Conservation Stewardship Intern will learn to perform a variety of skills relating to natural resource management and land conservation stewardship relating to The Nature Conservancy’s mission “to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.”  Blowing Rocks Preserve is a 73-acre protected sanctuary that is open to the public located on a barrier island on the southeast coast of Florida. Natural features at the Preserve include maritime hammock, coastal strand, beach dune, coastal scrub, mangrove swamp, the Indian River Lagoon shoreline and Atlantic Ocean, Anastasia limestone rock formation outcroppings, and Sabellariid reefs. 
The Land Conservation Stewardship Intern will participate in habitat management work at TNC’s Blowing Rocks Preserve, and on other TNC Partner lands, and conduct activities such as invasive species control, native plant propagation and planting, and wildland fire management. Other stewardship responsibilities may include assisting with habitat and species mapping and monitoring, water quality monitoring, sea turtle rescue, data management, and other natural resource management activities. Preserve maintenance duties will include mowing, trimming, and trail maintenance. Preferred skills include basic carpentry, painting, plumbing and mechanical skill to perform light facilities and equipment maintenance. The Land Conservation Stewardship Intern will be expected to participate in some daily Preserve operations, including opening and closing of the preserve, collecting and sorting trash and recycling, and public restroom upkeep. Intern may also have the opportunity to assist with visitor management and public education and outreach responsibilities may include working with volunteers, school, and other groups on a variety of projects such as lagoon and beach cleanups, answering visitor questions, leading guided nature tours, and assisting with educational and interpretive programming at the Preserve. The Intern will receive training for the use of ATV, UTV, truck, tractor, landscaping equipment, and computer programs such as ARCMap/GIS. The Intern will be expected to possess or obtain certifications for First Aid/CPR/AED and Type II Wildland Firefighter if the training is available in the area. Additional objectives may be developed based on the intern’s personal interests and/or skills.
Days of work:  Wednesday - Sunday, 8:30am-5 pm

  • Location Description

    Blowing Rocks Preserve, Hobe Sound, FL 33455

  • Training Provided

    First Aid/CPR/AED, Wildland Firefighter, ARCMAP/GIS, plant identification, herbicide application, land stewardship, education and outreach.

  • Educational/Recreational Opportunities

    Introduction to the preserve features and The Nature Conservancy. Volunteer & group supervision. Land conservation stewardship work. Vehicle and equipment usage. Snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, fishing, and hiking recreational activities.

  • Handicap Accessible?


    Main Area of Focus

    Natural Resources Mgmt

    Education, Training & Skills Expected


    some coursework or experience

    Ecology & Restoration

    some coursework or experience

    Resource Management

    some coursework or experience