Term:  April 2024 – October 2024

Compensation: $325 / week. Housing provided.

Job description:

An internship position is available to help with sea turtle morning monitoring and research on Sanibel and Captiva Islands from April 1 – October. 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. Additional responsibilities include volunteer communication, data management, responding to hotline calls, responding to strandings, and miscellaneous tasks as needed.

Successful candidates must be able to work closely with other staff and a large group of volunteers. Work will be 5-6 days per week starting early in the morning and potentially continuing into the late afternoon/evening. Weekend work may be required. Applicants must also be willing to assist with other departmental projects, such as research projects, as needed. Housing included. Previous experience conducting sea turtle nesting surveys and locating egg chambers preferred but not required.


Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Related experience working outdoors
  • Ability and desire to work long, irregular hours (including weekend hours when needed)
  • Ability to work under adverse conditions (intense sun and heat, biting insects, rain)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to accomplish set goals
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude & sense of humor
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds
  • Ability to walk 2-4 miles on the beach during surveys and maneuver through dense vegetation
  • SCCF is a drug-free workplace and the successful applicant will take a drug screening test within 2 weeks of starting the position

Desired qualifications:

  • Previous experience conducting morning sea turtle surveys and locating egg chambers
  • Experience driving ATVs and UTVs and/or 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)


Work Environment and Physical Demands

  • This position works daily in outdoor, subtropical conditions of Southwest Florida
  • Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time as required, may require walking for significant distances throughout the day
  • Reaching above shoulder height, below the waist, or lifting up to fifty (50) pounds, as required throughout the work day; proper lifting techniques required


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The qualifications, physical demands, and work conditions listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities perform the essential functions.


To apply:

Send cover letter, resume or CV, and contact information for 3 references though the online link or through our website SCCF.org.


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


Application deadline: Friday, January 26, 2024

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