Community Conservation Initiative Internship

Department -  Coastal Watch


Spring Internship

Start Date: January 8, 2024

End Date:  April 26, 2024

Duration: 16 weeks

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2023

Stipend: $480/week 



The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) is a non-profit organization with a mission to protect and care for southwest Florida ecosystems.  Coastal Watch is a department within SCCF that focuses on community-led conservation.   The department strives to educate community members through hands-on interactive projects and initiatives.   Throughout the duration of the internship, Coastal Watch will host several volunteer events and maintain on-going conservation-based initiatives. 


The purpose of this internship is to provide hands-on experiential learning for an emerging environmental education professional. The primary duties for the internship focus on outreach and education. The intern will work with staff to promote and facilitate existing experiential education programs. The intern will receive mentoring, professional development training, as well as networking opportunities.


This position is an ideal fit for someone seeking experience with conservation, habitat restoration, education, communication, and volunteer engagement.



      Coordinate and implement assigned conservation projects including volunteer recruitment, program logistics, communication, and internal and external reporting.

      Assist with organizing and facilitating hands-on volunteer events such as beach and conservation land cleanups, habitat restoration projects and invasive species control.

      Assist the SCCF Communications Team with creating Coastal Watch specific content for social media platforms.


       Experience &/or education in a related field, such as: environmental education, restoration, stewardship, etc.

       Applicants should be organized with strong written & oral communication skills.

       Experience or interest in planning & facilitating volunteer events.

       Creative, collaborative, & self-motivated.

       Outreach &/or social media experience is a plus.

       A valid US driver’s license

       SCCF is a drug-free workplace and the successful applicant will take a drug screening test within 2 weeks of the position

       Ability to sit or stand for long periods as required, may require walking for significant distances throughout the day.

       Reaching above shoulder height, below the waist or lifting up to forty (40) pounds, as required throughout the work day; proper lifting techniques required.



This position will require the applicant to work half of the time indoors and the other half doing outdoor fieldwork.  The applicant needs to be comfortable working outdoors in South Florida’s subtropical humid environment for several hours at a time.


Questions regarding the position can be directed to Coastal Watch Director, Kealy McNeal, at


*Please note that applicants are required to provide their own housing.


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