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Shorebird Internship

We are seeking one intern to assist the SCCF Wildlife & Habitat Management Program’s shorebird monitoring project from March 5th, 2017 through August 3rd, 2017 (Start and end dates are flexible).

Primary duties include: assisting the shorebird biologist with monitoring of snowy plovers, least terns, and Wilson’s plovers; as well as nest searching, setting up nest area enclosures, interacting with the public, communicating with our team of volunteers, and data entry. Additionally the shorebird intern will assist with the care and maintenance of several live animal exhibits at our nature center (snakes and aquatic turtles) and may be occasionally required to give presentations about them.

Other Duties: The intern will also assist with other departmental projects as needed, including but not limited to: invasive species removal, sea turtle monitoring, bald eagle nest monitoring, small mammal trapping, freshwater fish and invertebrate sampling, frog call surveys, prescribed burns, gopher tortoise monitoring,  and vegetation monitoring. Occasional night and weekend work required for fundraising events. Housing is provided. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, environmental science, or closely related field
  • Ability and desire to work long, irregular hours (including weekend hours)
  • Ability and desire to work outdoors in adverse conditions (intense heat, biting insects, etc)
  • Ability and desire to interact with the public and give presentations
  • Ability to collect accurate data and enter into Microsoft access and excel databases
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to live in shared housing
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy objects  (up to 40 pounds)
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Willingness to clean and maintain live animal exhibits (snakes and aquatic turtles)
  • Willingness to learn and assist with other projects as needed

Desired Qualifications:

  • Previous field experience with ground-nesting birds / nest searching
  • Ability to identify and re-sight banded birds
  • Experience with GPS and GIS
  • Willingness to use your personal vehicle for work on occasion (mileage reimbursed)
  • Bird identification skills
  • Experience with public outreach and environmental education

Salary: $275 week/ $400 travel allowance/ housing provided    

To apply:  Please send a resume and 3 references to Audrey Albrecht at   (no phone calls please).  No cover letter needed.

Start Date: 3/5/17

Application Deadline:  February 9th, 2018

Contact Person: Audrey Albrecht

Contact Email:


Sea Turtle Internship

An internship position is available to help with sea turtle nest protection on Sanibel and Captiva Islands. The intern will be responsible for completing early morning surveys to document sea turtle nesting activity and identify each crawl to species and crawl type, locate egg chambers, and conduct nest evaluations. Successful candidates must be able to work closely with a large group of volunteers in hot and buggy conditions. Previous experience conducting sea turtle nesting surveys and locating egg chambers preferred but not required. Work will be 5-6 days per week starting early in the morning and potentially continuing into the evening.  Weekend work will be required.  Applicants must also be willing to assist with other departmental projects, such as habitat management and wildlife sampling, as needed. Housing included.

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and related experience working outdoors
  • Ability and desire to work long, irregular hours (including weekend hours) 
  • Ability to work under adverse conditions (intense sun and heat, 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 sea turtle surveys and locating egg chambers
  • Experience driving ATVs and other beach vehicles
  • Data entry/management experience
  • Willingness to use your personal vehicle for work if needed (mileage compensated)
  • Experience with public outreach (interacting with the public when asked questions)

Term:  April 2018 – September 2018

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

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and contact info for 3 references to Kelly Sloan at Please write “Sea Turtle Internship” in the subject line of the email.

Application Deadline: January 26, 2018

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