Sea Turtle Research Internship at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida

During the course of this internship, the participant will gain experience and hands-on training in the field of sea turtle research.

This position is challenging and requires participants be enthusiastic, self-motivated, hard-working and dedicated to animal welfare. In return, the Intern will receive in-depth hands-on training in all aspects of sea turtle nesting and conservation. Interns will learn how to use ATV’s and operate boats as well as the intricacies of working at night on a barrier island. Furthermore, interns will not only gain confidence working with endangered and threatened sea turtle species, but also develop confidence and capability as a scientist working in the field of wildlife conservation.

Essential Duties

  • Will monitor beaches on Keewaydin Island and the City of Naples between Doctor's Pass and Gordon Pass for sea turtle nesting activity.
  • Cage nests and tag nesting turtles on the southern four miles of Keewaydin Island.
  • Patrol on an ATV to look for nesting sea turtles (nights and/or days).
  • Cage nests to prevent depredation by raccoons.
  • Tag nesting females and accurately record data on carapace dimensions and nest locations.
  • Monitor nest-hatching success by excavating nests and counting hatched and un-hatched eggs.
  • Safely operate ATV and a motorboat; maintain the ATVs, a generator, and a motorboat by changing the oil on a regularly scheduled basis, fix flat tires, make sure gasoline is on the island to fuel the generator and ATVs, and prepare the equipment for the next evening after each night's field work is completed.
  • Keep the field station clean during the course of the summer.
  • Enter research information in computer system’s database.
  • Relate to the public in a cheerful, positive manner when asked questions about sea turtles while patrolling the beaches.

Education and/or Experience

Applicant must be at least a college senior in one of the biological or environmental sciences, with BS or BA preferred.

Qualifications / Work Environment

  • Applicants must complete the application process, including submitting the Conservancy intern application, cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation, and college transcripts.
  • Interest in field biology and willingness to work under adverse field conditions at night.
  • Working knowledge of the care and operation of ATVs, motorboats, and small engines an asset.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.

The Conservancy is a drug free and smoke free, equal opportunity workplace.

$300 bi-weekly cost of living stipend and dorm accommodation, including laundry, provided.

Learn more and how to apply.

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