Conservation & Research, Undergraduate Intern – Deer Lake SP

POSITION TITLE: Conservation and Research, Undergraduate Intern
WORK SCHEDULE: This position can be either a full-time summer position, 8 weeks at 40 hours per week - or a part-time spring and fall position at 20 hours per week for 16 weeks (8 per semester). Preference will be given to interns that can work part-time in the spring and fall.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE: Summer: June 3 - August 6; Spring: April 8 - May 31 and Fall: August 5 - September 27
DEPARTMENT: Conservation and Research
LOCATION: Deer Lake State Park, FL
REPORTS TO: Field Biologist and Conservation Coordinator
REVISION DATE: 03/11/2019


The Atlanta Botanical Garden is seeking a highly motivated and results-oriented undergraduate research assistant to join our Conservation and Research team, focusing on plant and pollinator survey work at Deer Lake State Park in Florida. The successful candidate will work with two field biologists in a team environment to survey species of concern, conduct transect surveys, and perform pollinator surveys. Intern should be prepared to walk transects and conduct field surveys around the 290-acre park in warm and humid conditions. The successful candidate will be detail oriented, maintain excellent records of experiments performed, note problems, and recommend solutions. The field and data analysis skills learned in this position are useful for students considering a career in plant biology, pollinator biology, conservation, and restoration ecology. The intern will be responsible for finding housing near the project site.


  • Conduct sampling of insects with a focus on pollinators.
  • Use various sampling procedures (netting, pan traps, blue vane traps).
  • Labeling, processing, and storing samples.
  • Entering collection information in a spreadsheet.
  • Assist with the identification of insects.
  • Other duties may include participation in floristic field work and partner meetings.


  • Knowledge of flora and insects of the Florida panhandle is preferred.
  • Enrolled in a university program majoring in Plant Biology, Biology, Ecology, Entomology or similar OR a holds a Bachelor’s degree in Plant Biology, Biology, Entomology or related field and has graduated in the last year.
  • Highly organized with the ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment with high attention to detail.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • High-level critical thinking, analytic and proactive problem-solving skills.
  • Strong ability to document survey efforts and have experience collecting and identifying insects.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and cooperatively in a team environment.

Please e-mail resume to Careers at, along with the title of the position you are applying for.

The above job duties and responsibilities describe the general nature and level of work for employees in this position, but this is not intended as an exclusive or all-inclusive inventory of all duties required of employees in this job.