Marine Laboratory Internship at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) is a private not-for-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed. The SCCF Marine Laboratory is a member of NAML/SAML and has 6 resident staff, two of whom are Ph.D. Research Scientists.

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) Marine Laboratory, situated on Tarpon Bay in the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is seeking an energetic and hardworking intern who is looking for hands-on experience in marine and estuarine research. We are looking for detail-oriented individuals who will assist on research projects. The intern will gain direct experience working with lab staff to determine the influences of disturbances on estuarine and coastal ecosystems of southwest Florida. The intern will develop an independent project with guidance from the Lab’s Director and staff with submission of a written work plan and a summary presentation to a scientific audience. Preference will be given to applicants considering the field of marine science as a career.


Applicants should have a strong undergraduate background in the aquatic and/or marine sciences, including additional coursework in biological, physical, chemical, or related sciences. The intern must be able to swim in water of various temperatures and have a mask, fins, booties and a snorkel for field work. The candidate will be evaluated by the strength of undergraduate curriculum, academic metrics, and relevant research experience. The successful applicant will be required to participate in daily work at the lab, sometimes involving long hours (potentially evening or weekends), often under difficult field conditions. The intern should also be prepared to work in subtropical conditions, including typical south Florida’s hot and humid conditions. The SCCF is a drug-free workplace and the successful applicant will be required to take a drug test.

Stipend: A weekly stipend of $325/week plus on-island housing will be provided, along with limited travel support for relocation. IRS form 1099 will be issued by SCCF.

Eligibility: Recent graduates with B.S. from a marine science program or with appropriate experience (see above) are preferred.

To Apply: Please send Dr. Eric Milbrandt, Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your

  1. cover letter;
  2. resume/CV with a summary of relevant coursework;
  3. transcripts (unofficial are acceptable);
  4. contact information for two references

Starting Date: September 15, 2022
Application Deadline: September 15, 2022
Anticipated Duration: 6 months

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