Manatee Internship

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Tequesta, Florida
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The southeast manatee field station is currently seeking candidates for one Summer/Fall 2023 internship! Interns will assist with manatee rescue, carcass salvage, and research in South Florida. The Southeast Field lab is offering one internship: one 6-month term from June 2023-December 2023. The expected start date for the internship is flexible if an earlier/later start date is needed. Duration of the internship is flexible if it does not work with availability, but 6 months is preferred. Working hours are typically 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 40 hours a week, with some nights and weekends required. The position is in Tequesta (east coast of Florida, just north of Palm Beach). The intern’s duties include assisting with manatee rescue, carcass salvage, and research in South Florida. Interns will assist with manatee field necropsies, temperature monitoring research, and conduct manatee photo ID. Interns will also complete mortality/rescue reports, assist with other computer work, and participate in public outreach as needed. The intern is required to complete a project and present a 10-15 minute presentation at the end of their internship.
Junior or senior college students and recent graduates are eligible. Applicants should have some research field experience; be able to drive large trucks; be computer literate; be comfortable speaking to the public; and be proficient in the use of digital cameras. Previous animal-handling experience is preferred. Some previous trailering experience is desirable. Interns must possess a valid driver's license, be able to lift 50 pounds, and be able to swim. Applicants should understand that this internship will require them to be wet, dirty, and outdoors in all weather conditions. This internship is unpaid. Housing is not provided, but options can be discussed. Interns must provide their own transportation to and from the field station. If you are interested in applying for an internship with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, the following information is required:  A cover letter describing area(s) of interest and the dates, days, and hours of availability  A résumé describing training and experience  A list of three references  An unofficial copy of your academic transcript Please send these items as e-mail attachments to: Or mail hard copies to: Internship Coordinator Fish and Wildlife Research Institute 100 Eighth Avenue SE St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5020
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