Interns in the Conservancy’s Dalton Discovery Center care for live exhibits that house over 125 species of local wildlife including marine and freshwater fish and invertebrates, reptiles amphibians and raptors. Interns gain experience in several fields such as education, interpretation and husbandry. You will also gain extensive knowledge of Southwest Florida’s unique ecosystems and assist the staff in bringing environmental awareness to thousands of students and visitors.
Interns will work with protected wildlife such as a loggerhead sea turtle and American alligators and will assist the Environmental Education team with animal collection at various coastal locations.
Applicant must be at least a senior in college or possess a BS or BA in science and/or education.
Education and experience includes environmental science/ecology, education or comparable background with a strong interest to work in a nature center and with diverse audiences of all ages. Some teaching experience is preferable but not required. Animal care experience is preferable but not required. Successful interns will have a willingness to work with native and exotic species of reptiles, raptors, invertebrates, amphibians, and fish plus have excellent communication and public speaking skills.
Visit the Conservancy of Southwest Florida website to complete application and submit all required documentation. Interns are accepted and positions are filled on a rolling basis.