Students are welcome to work an internship at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Our program is on a voluntary basis. No pay is earned during the
experience. Transportation, room, and board are the responsibility of the
intern. We have two, two-bunk bedrooms plus shared shower facilities for our
interns, available on a first-come, first served basis. However, rentals are
available in close proximity to the Park.
We require a time commitment of 30 hours per week for at least 8 weeks. The
schedule will vary depending on the assignment. Additional hours can be
accommodated, up to a 40-hour work week. Your service at the Park will
include care of wildlife and presentation of educational programs. (The full
job description is below).) Interns work with ALL of the Park's wildlife;
there are no positions available to work exclusively with manatees.
You may pursue a specific research project along with the duties described
above. Your proposal must be submitted in writing for approval by the
Wildlife Care Supervisor. This proposal must include an introduction
describing your goals and objectives, materials and methods, and an estimate
of the amount of time required to complete the project.
We are a uniformed service. Interns wear a gray volunteer T-shirt provided by
the Park. When presenting educational programs, you are required to wear a
plain white or grey shirt with collar and buttons down the front, which is
not provided by the Park. The Park will issue a nametag for the shirt. You
must wear black shorts or slacks with the white shirt or the T-shirt. Black
socks and black shoes (athletic shoes are acceptable) must be worn with
slacks, and white accessories must be worn with the shorts.
Interns will be interviewed and placed by the Wildlife Care Supervisor, Susan
Lowe. Additional training will be provided on-the-job and through workshops.
If you are interested in an internship with us, please contact Allyssa Kordon
at (352) 628-5343 ext 1006 or via e-mail at Allyssa Kordon.
Be prepared to submit a letter of interest, three letters of reference, a
letter from your institution, and a proposal for any research.
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park/4150 South Suncoast Boulevard Homosassa, Florida 34446
Division of Recreation and Parks
Wildlife Park Intern Job Requirements and Responsibilities
- VISITOR SERVICE
Explains facilities and services provided for public use. Meets visitors, answers questions and
provides information and directions. Provides informative and accurate information to the
- RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Follows instructions and implements wildlife management plans. Intern will be expected to read
and research existing park literature to fully understand the state's philosophy on ecosystem
Intern may be asked to help maintain and repair buildings, fences, trails, service roads,
boardwalks, docks and other facilities. You will be expected to maintain cleanliness of grounds
Intern is expected to keep accurate records relating to wildlife care. Understanding state required
forms on a wide range of subjects will be necessary.
Intern must ensure park rules are followed for the enjoyment of
This is a basic outline of the job responsibilities of a wildlife ranger at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Some requirements have been eliminated to be able to realistically
accommodate the abilities of a temporary volunteer. However, the job description and
responsibilities are extremely beneficial to learn a basic working knowledge of wildlife care and
the expectations as related to a state park system. Your specific job description may be altered
depending on the instructions of the wildlife care supervisor.