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Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Internship

Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Internship

Position Summary

The Florida Aquarium Sea Turtle Rehabilitation internships offer a well-rounded, educational experience working at our Sea Turtle Rehabilitation enter in Apollo Beach. Internship opportunities may include providing exceptional care to our rehabilitating patients, maintaining a clean work environment and ensuring the upkeep of life support systems.

Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Perform daily husbandry duties, including but not limited to, food and diet preparation, animal feeding, water quality testing, cleaning and maintaining of turtle holding systems and maintaining life support and ozone systems.
  • Assist with medical care of patients.
  • Maintain detailed records and log books.
  • Assist in sea turtle strandings and releases as needed.
  • Giving educational tours and/or presentations of the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center as needed.
  • Complete an intern project and present to staff and volunteers at the end of the internship.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • College undergraduate student or recent graduate
  • A background or degree in Marine Science/Biology/Ecology or related field preferred
  • 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 pounds

Time Commitment:

  • Must commit to entire internship term accepted for: Fall/Winter (Oct 1 – Jan 31) or Winter/Spring (Jan 15 – April 30)
  • Available to work 30 hours per week (with potential for some 40 hour work weeks)
  • Weekends and evenings may be required
  • Able to work long and/or flexible hours as needed

 

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

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