Our Naturalist Interns are responsible for assisting the Head Naturalist and other recreation staff members with daily operations in the Fripp Island Activity Center. The Activity Center houses a variety of reptiles and marine life which naturalist interns will use to educate and entertain resort guests.
Daily Operations Include:
Lead resort guests/residents on nature programs including the following: kayak tours, gator walks, birding programs, botany, herpetology, fishing programs, crabbing, nature of the night, etc. (You can learn more about some of our programs on the Fripp Island Resort website.)
Animal care and exhibit maintenance (including reptile feedings).
Assist Head Naturalist in ongoing projects: redeveloping our Nature Center Ocean Room and garden, collecting data for our dolphin research project, and creating/revising educational programs related to nature.
Conduct an independent research project under the supervision/direction of the Head Naturalist and present your research at the end of the internship period.
Monitor bluebird boxes for the South Carolina Bluebird Society.
Assist other Recreation staff with school groups, special events, arts and crafts, and Camp Fripp programs.
Take reservations for programs and complete sales transactions.
Perform additional duties upon request.
Naturalist interns staff a 40 hour work week with the possibility of working weekends and holidays.
Additional time off and guests can be accommodated.
- BE CURRENTLY PURSUING A DEGREE in zoology, biology (with wildlife/conservation emphasis or experience), or wildlife biology OR BE CURRENTLY PURSUING A DEGREE in a different field WITH relevant experience related to the job description
- Excellent customer service skills and a positive, professional work demeanor
- Able to speak loudly, clearly, and professionally to large groups of people and children
- Willing and able to confidently handle ALL of the animals in the nature center including snakes, alligators, turtles, etc.
- Willing to handle marine animals including fish and crabs
- Proficient in Word, Excel, and Power Point
- Must be able to work in a variety of weather conditions
- Able to swim
- Able to lift 30-50 pounds
- Valid driver’s license
- Previous experience with kayaking/canoeing
- Previous experience handling venomous reptiles/alligators
- Knowledge of southeast wildlife ID, especially bird ID
- Working knowledge of and/or passion for barrier island ecology
How to Apply:
We are currently hiring for a summer position that would begin May 18th and end August 31st (position dates flexible based on needs for school requirements).
Please submit your cover letter, one-page resume, and a list of 2-3 references (2-3 past employers and 1-2 academic advisors) to apply.
In your cover letter, please specify when you are able to begin your internship, and why you believe you would be a great fit for our team.
Include Summer Internship Application in your email subject line.
Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions about how to apply.