Sea Turtle Rehabilitation, Conservation, and Education Intern

Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
Surf City, NC, USA
Job Category
$1,100 stipend for 11 weeks, plus free housing
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Sea Turtle Rehabilitation, Conservation, and Education Internship An internship at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center offers students the opportunity to gain professional experience while working hands on with endangered and threatened sea turtles. Our signature Internship offers college students and recent graduates an in-depth, hands-on opportunity to learn about sea turtle husbandry and conservation. Additionally, interns practice science communication by delivering environmental education programs and public tours. Interns also learn about nonprofit organizations through an in-depth project involving education, marketing, communications, facilities, or another area of interest. Free, shared housing is provided. Other expenses are the responsibility of the intern. The summer internship is 11 weeks, 40-50 hours per week, with the opportunity to add 1-3 weeks at the end of the internship. Full-time interns (40-50 hours per week, 11 week minimum) who meet all internship expectations, complete all internship responsibilities, and work the entire 11 weeks will receive a $1,100 stipend at the end of their internship to help defray the costs of participating. Optional additional weeks add $100/week to the stipend. This stipend is in addition to free shared housing, valued at $400/month. Responsibilities: ~ Cut and weigh food for turtles (i.e., fish, squid, other types of seafood, vegetables); Feed turtles ~ Change tank water, scoop and clean tanks ~ Hold and restrain turtles ~ Weigh turtles ~ Maintain the water and life support system ~ Maintain accurate records (e.g., food chart, therapy pool, weekly weighing, admission of injured turtles) ~ Wash and dry sea turtle dishes; Wash and fold sea turtle laundry ~ Clean, disinfect, sweep, mop the facility including restrooms, hallways, the animal food prep kitchen, the break room, treatment areas, public spaces, etc. ~ Answer the phone and take accurate messages ~ Educate the public and lead visitor tours ~ Supervise junior interns and students in summer sea turtle camp ~ Assist with medical care as needed ~ Survey an assigned beach segment at sunrise, one morning a week looking for sea turtle tracks; Assist with protecting any nests found ~ Other duties as assigned Additional Notes: Onsite housing is provided, which will be co-ed, and which will require sharing a room with another intern of the same gender. No pets are allowed. Interns should expect an irregular work schedule consisting of days, weekends, and holidays. Some workdays will exceed eight hours. The work is physically demanding. Additionally, because of the nature of working with sick and injured turtles, the work may at times be emotionally challenging. If you have questions, please email Lindsey, our Internship Coordinator, at The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center offers internship opportunities without discriminating on the basis of race, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, age, economic status, or veteran status.
Requirements: ~ College undergraduate or recent graduate, minimum 18 years of age ~ Major in environmental or biological sciences or similar ~ Solid computer and data entry skills ~ Excellent communication and organization skills ~ Ability to understand and follow detailed instructions ~ Self-motivated, with the ability to work independently or as part of a team ~ Positive attitude with a desire to learn ~ Flexible schedule ~ Valid drivers' license preferred ~ Personal laptop or tablet highly recommended ~ The ability to get along well with others in a shared housing situation ~ Minimum 11 week commitment ~ Covid vaccination ~ Ability to lift at least 50 pounds ~ Ability to pass a background check Summer Internship Dates: 5/21/23 - 8/5/23 (must be available the entire 11 weeks), with optional 1-2 week extension To Apply: ~ Visit to complete our Sea Turtle Rehabilitation, Conservation, and Education Internship Application (via Google Forms) ~ Be sure to upload your COVER LETTER into the form ~ Be sure to upload your RESUME into the form ~ Be sure to upload THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION, including one from a professor, into the form. Alternatively, your references may e-mail a letter directly to
Contact Person
Lindsey, Internship Coordinator
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