Dolphin Photo ID Internship

The Florida Aquarium's eco-tour boat, the Bay Spirit II, encounters bottlenose dolphins almost every time it goes out (usually twice a day most days of the year). However, we know very little of the population of animals that inhabits the waters of upper Tampa Bay. One way to track them is through photo-identification of dorsal fins, unique to each animal. The Center for Conservation's Dolphin Photo ID Program aims to learn more about our resident dolphins and track the health and resilience of the Tampa Bay population. Our data are then shared with partner institutions to learn more about the home range and habitat use of dolphins throughout the Gulf Coast of Florida.

The Center for Conservation is seeking a Research Intern to conduct photo identification surveys of bottlenose dolphins aboard The Florida Aquarium's Ecotour Boat, The Bay Spirit II.

The Intern can expect to:


  • Become familiar with the bottlenose dolphin natural history, population dynamics, and photo identification study methods via readings, discussion, and field observations
  • Photograph and collect location data on bottlenose dolphins in  upper Tampa Bay
  • Become familiar with the use of photographic software
  • Exercise organizational skills in building and maintaining a digital catalog of identified dolphins
  • Interns should be available from 12:30pm to 5:30pm  on either Tuesday, Thursday  and Saturday or Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.  Interns should expect to dedicate 10-20 hours per week.

Application Prerequisites:

•    Must be enrolled in a degree program.
•    Must submit resume, an unofficial transcript, and a cover letter which outlines your area of interest and your availability.
•    Internships are on a volunteer basis.

How to apply:

•    Select the internship that best fits your needs.
•    Email application materials to: or Fax to : (813) 273-4161

All internships are non-paid.