Creel surveys are a way to collect valuable fishery-dependent data from visitors who are fishing in the park. These surveys allow for the collection of demographic and general information about the fishing trips, as well as biological data to help estimate and track metrics such as fishing effort, which species are most targeted, size at capture, and frequency and nature of fishing violations.
The intern’s primary duty is to gather crucial fishery-dependent data through the creel survey. The intern will conduct creel surveys during peak fishing days (Thursday through Sunday), with one remaining day of the 5-day work week being left open so that the intern can participate in other natural resource activities, running the gamut from sea turtle nest monitoring to reef fish surveys to coral restoration to water quality field work. The intern will be trained in the creel survey methodologies and identification of locally harvested fish species. They will be expected to operate from the local public marinas that feed into Biscayne National Park, interacting with park visitors as they return to the marina from their day fishing. The intern will also have the opportunity to provide invaluable outreach and education to park visitors who may have a question about fishing rules or even just on the park in general. Much of this 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.