Evening Beach Programs Education Internship

**For Summer 2020 – Please apply by March 15, 2020 as this position is competitive**

Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) is a non-profit organization that promotes the conservation of ocean ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. The center features free admission and hosts 300,000 visitors each year. Visitor experiences include up-close interactions with threatened and endangered sea turtles, plus a variety of aquariums, exhibits and educational programs. Located adjacent to one of the most important sea turtle nesting beaches in the world, LMC is a state-of-the-art sea turtle hospital and research facility. 

LMC is accepting college level interns to assist in educational aspects of the summer Turtle Walk program and Hatchling Release program. Turtle Walks are a unique program that allows our visitors to learn about and observe the nesting and egg laying process of loggerhead sea turtles. The Turtle Walk program takes place in the evenings from approximately 8pm-12am Tuesday-Saturday in June and July. In the month of August, the Hatchling Release program enables guests to witness newly hatched sea turtles take their first crawl back to sea. Hatchling Releases run Tuesday-Saturday evenings from approximately 7pm-10pm in August. Students interested in this program will be working under LMC Education Staff and assisting in various projects, including, but not limited to:

  • Assist staff and/or facilitate daily Turtle Walk and Hatchling Release program from 8pm-12am or later
  • Present educational programming to all ages
  • Assist with volunteer training for each program
  • Assist with beach aspects of the program including scouting for nesting loggerhead sea turtles
  • Conduct beachfront lighting surveys
  • Aid with group management and crowds on the beach during night time programming 
  • Aid in administrative tasks, such as program registration, answering phones, responding to requests, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Requirements:

 

  • Current undergraduate or recent graduate with a biological science or education related degree
  • In good physical condition with ability to work outdoors under adverse conditions (humidity, rain, heat)
  • Ability to walk up to three miles on uneven sand
  • Comfortable working late at night
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to interact with and educate the public
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and pass a criminal background check 
  • Available for the duration of the program
  • Willing to work outdoors in Florida’s heat, rain, and wind as needed

 

 

All interns must be currently enrolled university students (full or part time) pursuing a degree in a related discipline (i.e. marine science, biology, environmental science, education). All interns must also possess a valid driver’s license and be able to pass a criminal background check and drug test.

Terms offered: Summer; start and end dates variable based on departmental needs.

Interested applicants may submit their resume, cover letter and three references to education@marinelife.org