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Sea Turtle Internship - Nighttime Tagging Project

Term:  May 1 – early August, 2019

Compensation: $275/week stipend, housing on Sanibel, $400 travel stipend

Job description:

One internship position is available to help with sea turtle research on Sanibel and Captiva Islands from May 1 – early August. The interns will be responsible for monitoring the beach overnight in search of nesting sea turtles. Morphometric data will be collected for each turtle and the turtles will be tagged with flipper and PIT tags. Successful candidates must be able to work closely with other interns and a large group of volunteers. Previous experience conducting nighttime sea turtle nesting surveys and tagging sea turtles preferred but not required. Surveys will start at sunset and will be conducted 7 nights per week.  Weekend work may be required.  Housing included.

Required qualifications:

  • Completed Bachelor’s degree and related experience working outdoors
  • Ability and desire to work long hours overnight
  • Ability to work under adverse conditions (biting insects, rain)
  • Ability to work independently to accomplish set goals and as part of a team
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude & sense of humor

Desired qualifications:

  • Previous experience conducting nighttime sea turtle surveys
  • Previous experience tagging sea turtles (flipper and PIT tags)
  • Experience driving ATVs and UTVs
  • Experience with public outreach 

To apply:

Application deadline: April 12

Send cover letter, resume, and contact info for 3 references to Kelly Sloan at Please write “Nighttime Tagging Internship” in the subject line.

We will contact qualified applicants to set up interview appointments.  No phone calls, please.



Native Landscapes & Garden Center Internship


SCCF's Native Landscapes & Garden Center seeks an energetic and hardworking intern to assist in day-to-day nursery operations and work with our landscape installation and maintenance services.  The Native Landscapes & Garden Center offers a unique working environment, as it is a non-profit retail nursery dedicated to landscaping for the improvement of native habitat and wildlife on and around Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

Internship responsibilities will include all aspects of retail nursery operation and plant care, including watering, potting, pruning, weeding, plant propagation, landscape installation/maintenance, and customer service.  The internship offers the opportunity to obtain in-depth knowledge about South Florida native plants and gain firsthand experience in all aspects of an environmentally friendly nursery and landscaping business.

Applicants should have a strong interest in plants and conservation, preferably possessing a Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, biology, environmental science, ecology, or a related field.  The intern should also be able to lift 50 pounds and be prepared to work outdoors in subtropical conditions, including hot temperatures, humidity, and insects.  Please send a cover letter indicating your interest, resume, and references by email to:; by mail to:  Jenny Evans, SCCF, P.O. Box 839, Sanibel, FL 33957; or by fax to: (239) 472-4747.

Date: April/May 2019 – September/October 2019

Duration:  6 months

Deadline:  Open until filled

Stipend: ($275/week) and on-island housing provided