Conservation Internship – Sea Turtle Protection Zone (STPZ)

Conservation/Sea Turtle Protection Zone (STPZ) Conservation Intern

Reporting Relationship:
Conservation Manager

Internship Summary:
The Conservation Department works on developing and implementing comprehensive conservation solutions to man-made threats facing sea turtles. Every year, thousands of sea turtles travel to Palm Beach County to lay their eggs on our beaches. During this time, sea turtles spend greater amounts of time at the surface of the water where they are at an increased risk of being accidentally hit by boats. The team is seeking an STPZ intern who will spearhead research efforts for the Sea Turtle Protection Zone. The internship will have a monthly stipend; however, housing is not included. The internship requires a minimum commitment of five months from April to August.

15-25 hours a week, 2-3 days a week. Hours will vary depending on weather conditions and outreach schedule.

Core Responsibilities:
Includes but is not limited to the following:

Regularly schedule and collect STPZ speed boat data.
Train and oversee fellow interns.
Input STPZ data and send completed forms to Conservation Manager and partners.
Gather pre- and post-implementation research
Distribute STPZ outreach materials to partnering marinas, boating ramps, and boat rental locations in Palm Beach County.
Facilitate and assist with STPZ and LMC outreach efforts and events.
Actively look for STPZ outreach opportunities.
Create and contribute original STPZ content to be posted on our social media channels.
Present STPZ initiatives and findings at conferences, expos, and meetings.
Other tasks assigned as necessary.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

Current undergraduate or recent graduate with biological science-related degree.
Computer skills required: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Power Point), Google apps, web, and social media savvy.
Must have strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to communicate with a variety of different audiences.
Proficiency in multiple languages preferred.
Boating license preferred.
Use of personal vehicle, mileage/gas reimbursements will be made.
Valid driver’s license required.

About Us:
Founded in 1983, LMC is a leading cultural attraction in South Florida that provides open access to all guests. Today the Center is a global leader in the research, rehabilitation, and protection of sea turtles, serving our broader mission to promote ocean ecosystem conservation. Annually we reach 900,000 guests with our transformational education programs and partner with nearly 100 organizations across six continents and 16 countries in ocean conservation. In early 2022, we opened a new 27,500 square-foot
campus that greatly expanded our exhibition, education, and convening space and doubles our medical facilities.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Successful applicants must be comfortable in a highly dynamic environment in an active and busy office or outdoor setting. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or
feel; reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk.

The employee is frequently required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. This position may involve working outdoors in Florida, often in hot and humid conditions, and at events that extend into evening and weekend hours. Must be willing and able to travel for offsite programming and possess a valid driver’s license.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a closing date of March 31st, 2023.

To Apply:
Interested applicants may submit their resume & cover letter with available start date and two letters of recommendation to be sent directly from references to Valerie Nicole Tovar, Conservation Manager, at