Internship - Conservency of Southwest Florida

The conservancy of South West Florida offers internships, or Conservation Associate (CA) opportunities to help aspiring environmentalists gain valuable skills and training in specific areas of interest: environmental science, policy, education and wildlife rehabilitation.

Environmental Science - Sea Turtle Research

Three internships available from April-August

One internship April-October each year

sea turtle monitoring

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.


  • Minimum of a college senior in one of the biological or environmental sciences, with BS or BA preferred.
  • 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.

BENEFITS: An experience that will provide the Conservation Associate with an increased understanding and appreciation of Environmental Field Research.

If you are interested, complete and return your application, along with a cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation and unofficial school transcripts to:

JoAnn Johansen
Conservancy of Southwest Florida
1450 Merrihue Drive
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 403-4213

GENERAL BENEFITS: In addition to gaining experience in environmental education, policy, science, research and wildlife rehabilitation, Conservancy Conservation Associates receive a weekly stipend of $150, accident insurance, and housing including laundry facilities.

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a Drug and Smoke Free Workplace.

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