Manatee Internship in Tequesta, FL

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Monday, 18 August 2014

The Southeast manatee field station is currently seeking candidates for a Fall 2014 internship!  Application deadline is Monday, August 18th.


Interns will assist with manatee rescue, carcass salvage, and research in South Florida.


Minimum of 3 month commitment.  Looking for a fall intern with a start date around September 2nd,  but start date will be flexible.  Working hours are usually Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with some nights and weekends required. The position is located in Tequesta (east coast of Florida, just north of Palm Beach). The intern’s duties include assisting with manatee rescue, carcass salvage and research in South Florida. Interns will assist with manatee and dolphin field necropsies as needed and conduct photo ID and radio tracking research as time permits. Interns will also complete mortality and rescue reports, perform equipment maintenance and assist with other office and public outreach work as needed. To perform the duties of the position, interns will operate trucks, trailers, and boats up to 22' in length. The intern is required to complete a project and present a 10-15 minute presentation at the end of their internship.


Junior or senior college students and recent graduates are eligible. Applicants should have some research field experience; be able to drive large trucks; be computer literate; be comfortable speaking to the public; and be proficient in the use of digital cameras, telephoto lenses, and filters. Previous animal-handling experience is desirable. Ability to trailer flatbeds and boats, as well as operate watercraft up to 22' in length is desirable. Interns must possess a valid driver's license, be able to lift 50 pounds, and be able to swim. Applicants should understand that this internship will require them to be wet, dirty, and outdoors in all weather conditions. This position is unpaid and housing is not provided. Interns must provide their own transportation to and from the field station.

If you are interested in applying for an internship with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, the following information is required:

§  A cover letter describing area(s) of interest and the dates, days, and hours of availability

§  A résumé describing training and experience

§  A list of three references

§  An unofficial copy of your academic transcript

Please send these items as e-mail attachments to:

Or mail hard copies to:

Internship Coordinator
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 Eighth Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5020



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