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Employment and Internships

Native Landscapes & Garden Center Internship

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) Native Landscapes & Garden Center seeks an energetic and hardworking intern to assist in day-to-day nursery operations and work with our landscape installation and maintenance services.  The Native Landscapes & Garden Center offers a unique working environment, as it is a non-profit retail nursery dedicated to landscaping for the improvement of native habitat and wildlife on and around Sanibel and Captiva Islands.
Internship responsibilities will include all aspects of retail nursery operation and plant care, including watering, potting, pruning, weeding, plant propagation, landscape installation/maintenance, and customer service.  The internship offers the opportunity to obtain in-depth knowledge about South Florida native plants and gain firsthand experience in all aspects of an environmentally-friendly nursery and landscaping business.

Applicants should have a strong interest in plants and conservation, preferably possessing a Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, biology, environmental science, ecology, or a related field.  The intern should also be able to lift 50 pounds and be prepared to work outdoors in subtropical conditions, including hot temperatures, humidity, and insects.  Please send a cover letter indicating your interest, resume, and references by email to:; by mail to:  Jenny Evans, SCCF, P.O. Box 839, Sanibel, FL 33957; or by fax to: (239) 472-6421.

Starting Date: May/June 2016
Duration:  Six months
Deadline:  Open until filled
Stipend: ($275/week) and on-island housing provided

SCCF Oyster Restoration Volunteers Needed

Want to help SCCF restore healthy, productive oyster reefs to San Carlos and Tarpon Bays?  Volunteer with us beginning this Wednesday, November 4!  Events will be held three days a week from 9-12, although you are more than welcome to stay after lunch to help the Marine Lab staff as they continue with the restoration efforts.  This week we will have work days only on Wednesday and Thursday starting from the Sanibel Boat Ramp.  Volunteers please register (if you have not already) at  Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

This week’s work plan will include filling buckets with fossilized shell and transporting them to the Tarpon Bay boat ramp, loading the buckets onto a barge and transporting them to the restoration site, and finally dumping the shell.  This is very physical work so come prepared with clothes that can get dirty and wet and close-toed shoes that can get wet.  Close-toed shoes are a requirement—no exceptions. 

Work days and plans for the following week will be sent out on Fridays to those individuals who have registered through the above link.  If you have any questions please email Erick at or call the SCCF Marine Lab at 239-395-4617.