Grades  9-12

Applications for new students to join our program from Sept. 2019 – May 2020 will be reviewed starting in August.


Becoming an environmental scientist in the field during one of our career themed meetings.

Feeding our Loggerhead sea turtle in the Dalton Discovery Center

Helping to educate and engage guest visiting our campus during our annual Earth day family event!

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Teen ECCO (Exploring Conservation Career Opportunities) Program is a unique and immersive experience designed to expand on traditional high school studies with focus on students exploring conservation career opportunities. This program will provide students with hands-on experiences in scientific research, volunteer opportunities, exceptional field trips, opportunities to learn from experts in a variety of environmental fields, and chances to build relationships with students with similar interests.

We are currently seeking highly-motivated students interested in STEM and environmental careers for the program. This internship requires a high level of commitment. Please evaluate and consider your other commitments before submitting your application packet. Qualified students will be chosen for formal interviews and then selected for the program. New participants accepted into the program will start with a new student and parent orientation before starting required bimonthly afterschool Thursday meetings and conclude their program in May of 2020.The program commitments also consist of participation in field trips, shadowing conservation professionals at the Conservancy, and completing a group scientific research project. See further information on the commitments required for the program within the online application.


The online application and two recommendation forms are required to be considered for the program.

Please apply online using the link below. To submit required recommendation forms, download and pass along the recommendation form to your references and have them fill out, scan, and email to Michelle Marinangel at michellem@conservancy.org. One recommendation form must be completed by a teacher. The other can be completed by another adult mentor (teacher, coach, scout leader, etc.).

Please contact Conservancy Naturalist Michelle Marinangel at michellem@conservancy.org or at 239-262-0304 ext. 238 with any questions.


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