International Field Studies, Inc. is a non-profit organization promoting science education and research since 1970. IFS provides students with the unique opportunity for hands-on, outdoor, environmental education. Offering trips that range in length from one week to one semester, subjects such as marine biology, botany, ornithology, geology, oceanography, or ichthyology can be covered individually as areas of specialization or comprehensively in a broad overview of subtropical ecology. There are many topics to be explored in the social sciences as there is a rich culture and interesting history embodied in the people the island.
IFS believes an interdisciplinary approach to learning is especially well suited to the field studies environment. IFS functions as a facilitator for educational groups (ranging from middle school to graduate level college students) seeking expertise and logistical support. IFS also facilities research by assisting researchers with their logistical needs on Andros.
Andros is the largest island in the Bahamas but is sparsely populated with little development. Located off the east coast of the island is the third largest barrier reef in the world and the Tongue of the Ocean.
Home to different plant communities and a wide variety of endemic plants and animals. Geologists are attracted to many features in the Bahamas, including the thick limestone foundation of the islands dramatically cut by deep channels. Andros is known for its 178 inland and 50 oceanic blue holes.
Environmental Education: IFS interns supplements the group leader's knowledge with local site information and topical lectures. The level of assistance with educational programming will vary according to the group leader’s expertise and experience. Interns should be prepared to act as a naturalist with a general knowledge of all of the terrestrial and marine ecosystems of Andros.
Trip Facilitation: IFS interns members are expected to stay in close contact with the group leader, transport the group to their desired sites, and monitor the group's safety while doing so.
Field Station Operations: There are daily, weekly, and monthly tasks to be completed to maintain full operation of the field station. Each intern will be involved to varying degrees with the daily tasks, such as interacting with the guests, manning the lodge, running errands, unloading shipments, communicating with the office in Columbus, Ohio, and other duties as necessary.
Maintenance: All interns participate in maintenance and repair of the vehicles, boats, buildings, other equipment, landscaping and other facilities tasks as needed.
The internship runs from October 2019 until August 2020 with some flexibility on end dates. The first month is dedicated to training of all the new interns. Interns will not be paid for the first month of training. At any time during the training period, interns can be asked to leave the program if they are deemed by the Station Director to not be a good fit for our program. Training will include but not limited to: trip leading and planning, basic education on local flora and fauna, and station management. Days are long with 1-2 days off per week. In November and February, SCUBA certifications will be offered to all interns. Other training opportunities may include: Wilderness First Aid, Leave No Trace, and ACA Sea Kayaking certifications. Interns are expected to stay until the end of the summer season (typically mid to late August). Interns may stay on for more than one year if it is mutually agreed upon by the intern and the Station Director as a Senior Intern with a pay increase.
The monthly stipend for interns will be $500 per month with room and board provided. IFS will cover up to $100 on actual medical expenses per month. Interns are allowed to have two free guests during their year-long internship. Interns are entitled to two weeks paid vacation during their year-long internship. Interns are required to pay for their flights to and from the island. Interns who complete their internship will have their first flight to the field station and their return flight reimbursed.
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International Field Studies, Inc. (IFS) is an educational and scientific non-profit organization established to promote and assist educators with field study programs. Established in 1970, IFS grew out of the increasing teacher interest in implementing field study experiences for their students with minimal organizational difficulty and expense. International Field Studies offers secondary schools, university groups, scientific researchers, and other special-interest organizations field studies in four program areas 1) Forfar Field Station 2) Forfar Marine Science 6-Week/Gap Year Program 3) Bahamas Blue Water Sailing Program and the 4) Continental & International Trips.