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Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Internship

Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Internship

The Florida Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Internship will provide the opportunity for interns to learn many aspects of sea turtle rehabilitation by working directly with our rehabilitation team.


  • College undergraduate student or recent graduate.
  • A background or degree in Marine Science/Biology/Ecology or related field preferred
  • Available to work 30-40 hours per week (weekends, evenings, and holidays may be required pending patient needs).
  • Able to work long and flexible hours as needed.
  • Basic computer proficiency.
  • 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.
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to handle high temperatures, humidity, insects and carry up to 30 lbs.

Internship Responsibilities:

  • Perform daily husbandry duties, including but not limited to:
    • Diet preparation
    • Animal feeding
    • Water quality testing
    • Cleaning and maintaining of turtle holding systems
    • Maintaining life support systems
  • Under certain circumstances, interns may also assist with strandings, recoveries, necropsies, and/or releases.
  • Assist with behavioral observations, as needed.
  • Able to maintain accurate and detailed records.
  • Give educational tours and presentations at the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Internship Learning Objectives:
• Interns will have the opportunity to learn facility maintenance and sea turtle husbandry techniques.
• Interns will learn about government agencies and policies that are in place for marine turtles.

Please note: This internship is unpaid and complies with the Fair Labor Standard Act. Interns must make their own accommodation and transportation arrangements.

*Sea turtle handling and internship responsibilities are not a guarantee and are subject to change, pending patient needs and intern performance. Please note that this is not a veterinary focused internship.

We are not currently accepting applications.