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Coral Research Internship

Coral Research Internship

Position Summary
This specialized internship is designed to provide valuable hands-on experience working and collecting data at a world-class land-based coral nursery producing corals for reef restoration in Florida. This internship is funded through a grant and intern will be paid a monthly stipend.

With the exception of orientation and workshops, this internship position is entirely carried out at our Apollo Beach location.

Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Develop knowledge and experience in coral husbandry, biology, life history, and life support technology.
  • Conduct daily duties to assist primary biologist on live coral aquaria, including but not limited to cleaning, performing water changes, maintaining life support systems, feeding, and managing water quality parameters.
  • Assist with gathering health assessment data and keeping accurate and detailed daily records.
  • Utilize dissecting microscope to clean coral settlement tiles.
  • Assist with medical treatments.
  • Assist with coral spawning observations, gamete collection, larval creation and settlement.
  • Assist with collecting coral settlement and survival data.
  • Complete project involving data collection and interpretation that benefits both The Florida Aquarium and the intern. Present findings internally and potentially externally.
  • Other duties as assigned by internship supervisor.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Previous experience with reef aquarium husbandry and knowledge of basic coral and marine invertebrate biology.
  • Experience using dissecting microscopes and ability/desire to work using a microscope for many hours.
  • Ability to work in hot and humid conditions.
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to work independently.

Time Commitment:

  • Four days a week, minimum 8 hours per day, with no more than 1 weekend day per week.
  • Exact hours will vary during coral spawning, but generally, the intern will work 32 hours per week

Positions Available: Two (2)

Length of Position: Six (6) months; anticipated start date is July 1.

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