The Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers internships, or Conservation Intern (CI) opportunities to help aspiring environmentalists gain valuable skills and training in specific areas of interest: environmental science, policy, education and wildlife rehabilitation. If you are interested in any of our positions (listed below), complete and return your application, along with a cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation and unofficial school transcripts to:
Our apologies, intern applicants must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen.Kelly Rhoades Conservancy of Southwest Florida 1495 Smith Preserve Way Naples, FL 34102 (239) email@example.comClick here for application.
GENERAL BENEFITS: In addition to gaining experience in environmental education, policy, science, research and wildlife rehabilitation, Conservancy Conservation Interns receive a weekly stipend of $150, accident insurance, and housing including laundry facilities.
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Minimum six-month commitment, nine-month commitment preferredFive positions available on a rotating basisA wildlife intern assists in care and treatment of injured, sick and orphaned Florida wildlife. As a wildlife intern, you will clean and maintain the wildlife facilities. The wildlife intern position includes a wide range of rehabilitation activities, including wildlife rescue, emergency first aid, daily feedings, cage cleaning, animal handling, pre-release training, public relations, and special intern projects.
WILDIFE INTERN QUALIFICATIONS:
BENEFITS: Upon completion of the intern program, you will leave with a varied experience about wildlife rehabilitation that can include animal care, basic medical techniques, education program development, public speaking skills, interpersonal skills, and knowledge of birds, mammals, and reptiles. Become a wildlife intern today!
Six to nine month positions available on a rotating basisCare for live exhibits that house over 125 species of local wildlife including marine and freshwater aquaria, reptiles, amphibians and small mammals. Work with protected wildlife such as a loggerhead sea turtle, American alligators and assist the Environmental Education team with animal collection at various coastal locations. Teach ecological programs for audiences of all ages, and students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Provide interpretive tours, assist with lecture series, school programs, special events and field programs.
BENEFITS: The Conservation Intern will gain experience in several fields such as education, interpretation, husbandry and maintenance of a nature center. The Conservation Intern will gain extensive knowledge of southwest Florida’s unique ecosystems and assist the staff in bringing environmental awareness to thousands of students and visitors.
Available mid May - mid AugustHelp teach a variety of science and ecological programs, both on and off-site during an intensive 8-week environmental summer camp. Assist lead counselors with program trips, before and after care, and program delivery to grades kindergarten through eighth grade. Serve as a responsible counselor and positive role model for campers. Lead games, crafts and field trips to area wildlife locations such as beaches, swamps and parks.
BENEFITS: The Conservation Intern will gain experience in the field of education, both classroom and field work, and environmental science/conservation. The Conservation Intern will gain extensive knowledge of southwest Florida’s unique ecosystems, educational program development and will have numerous opportunities to visit beaches, swamps, barrier islands and other unique habitats.
Six to nine month positions available on a rotating basis
The Guest Experience intern helps to provide a positive and educational experience for guests that visit our nature center. Work includes assisting with teaching daily environmental education programs for audiences of all ages, and assist with presenting live animals for these programs. Assisting in the Welcome Center with admissions, memberships, and retail sales. Launching kayaks and lead guided kayak tours off our onsite kayak dock.
BENEFITS:The Conservancy Intern will gain experience in several areas including guest services, sales, education, interpretation, and animal handling. This intern will gain extensive experience in running a Welcome Center and Nature Store, as well as gain knowledge of southwest Florida’s unique ecosystems and assist the staff in bringing environmental awareness to thousands of visitors.
Six to nine month positions available on a rotating basisAssist the Environmental Science Team in a variety of research projects such as wetland assessments, water quality monitoring, mangrove research, or sea turtle research. Responsible for additional duties, as assigned, such as data entry, sample processing and equipment maintenance.
BENEFITS: An experience that will provide the Conservation Intern with an increased understanding and appreciation of environmental field research.
Six to nine month positions available on a rotating basis The Natural Resources Intern will work with the Conservancy’s highly skilled Environmental Policy Team to research environmental issues and advocate for the Conservancy’s positions on a local, state, and/or federal level. As an environmental policy intern, you will assist with the creation of comment letters, presentations, and handouts. You will sit in on and participate in relevant meetings to help protect Southwest Florida’s land, water, and wildlife as well as conduct public outreach on Conservancy programs and positions. Daily administrative duties will include tracking issues in the media and other office tasks as required. This position is office-based, but also entails offsite meetings.. If you thrive in a fast paced, detail oriented environment, we are the team for you!
The Estuaries Report Card Intern will have a similar experience to the Natural Resources Intern but will work primarily on updating the Conservancy’s Estuaries Report Card, a snapshot of the health of our regional estuaries in Southwest Florida. Major responsibilities include conducting literature review and evaluating wildlife habitat, water quality, and other ecosystem health indicators. This is a special opportunity for the intern to have his/her work published and gain comprehensive knowledge of Southwest Florida’s water quality issues.
BENEFITS: Interns will leave this experience with a better understanding of the government’s legislative and regulatory processes as well as deeper insight into the politics behind policy. Successful interns will become more skilled at the tasks assigned to full-time policy professionals and build lasting professional connections with the Conservancy Team.
Three internships available from April-AugustOne internship April-October each yearMonitor 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.
BENEFITS: An experience that will provide the Conservation Intern with an increased understanding and appreciation of Environmental Field Research.