PAID Marine Science Education Internship: Florida

Pigeon Key Foundation
Pigeon Key, Marathon, Florida
Job Category
$100/week plus housing, also meals while groups are present
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The Pigeon Key Foundation (PKF) operates from the historic five acre island of Pigeon Key in the Florida Keys, two miles west of Marathon. PKF offers six month internships which begin in mid-February and continue through mid-August. We are only accepting applications from candidates who can commit to the full term. Education interns will be responsible for learning and teaching marine science programs focused towards hands-on education within the environment. Other duties include leading off-island excursions to local reef sites, kayaking, etc. Depending on the visiting group’s program requests, interns are also responsible for any island tasks necessary to ensure a positive and rewarding experience for our students and guests.

Marine Science Education Intern Responsibilities include: **This list is not exhaustive but will give interested applicants a better idea of what jobs will be required of them**

Marine Education (65% of internship)
-Lead both classroom and hands-on learning activities for students age K-college on a variety of marine science subjects. Hands-on activities include fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, and invertebrate collection.
-Days will be long (sometimes 6am-10pm) and often include weekends. Other group-related tasks will include cooking, cleaning, equipment prep/clean-up, etc.
-Summer Camps (2-4 weeks in July/August) will require interns to perform all of the above duties, plus participate in camp activities and be overnight counselors in the student dorms

Island Maintenance (20% of internship)
-When groups are not on-island, interns will be responsible for island upkeep and preparing for upcoming groups.
-Days will be mostly 9am-5pm M-F schedule, but that may change based on tasks and weather.
-Will include, but not limited to, cleaning, sweeping, mopping, raking, weed whacking, washing sheets, painting, maintaining island grounds, cleaning aquariums, etc.

Office Work (5%)
-Making group workbooks, expanding and updating curriculum, maintaining membership list, writing articles for the PKF newsletter, etc.
-Interns with demonstrated responsibility and integrity may be asked to assist with the foundation’s social media accounts

Various (10%)
Representing the foundation at various events in the community, running work errands, summer camps, etc. This list is not exhaustive.
Applicant will be either enrolled in or a recent graduate of a degree program in science education, biology, marine biology, zoology, or a related field.
- A high level of interest (experience preferred) in teaching students of diverse ages and backgrounds, preference given to applicants with previous environmental education, camp counselor, guide, or related field experience.
- Excellent public speaking skills for audiences of various ages and abilities.
- Experienced swimmer (preference will be given to applicants with current or previous lifeguarding, instructing, or diving experience)
- Willingness to cook, clean, and do island maintenance
- The ability to work independently and in a team setting while foreseeing and quickly correcting potential problems
-Experience with Microsoft Office, Google Drive and various social media formats preferred but not required

How to Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Operations Director Chris Rowell at and Education Director Emily Berglund at Please send materials in ONE e-mail to BOTH directors and mention how you learned about the internship. Applicants without a cover letter or who send separate emails will not be considered. Review of applications will begin as received; the final application deadline is November, 30th, 2014. Interviews will begin in mid-November. If you are selected for an interview, you will be notified.
Contact Person
Chris Rowell, Emily Berglund
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