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Employment and Internships

We currently have one internship in our Marine Laboratory, beginning in September.

Marine Lab Internship

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) is a private not-for-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed ( The SCCF Marine Laboratory is a member of NAML/SAML and the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) and has 5 resident staff, two of whom are Ph.D. Research Scientists.


The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) Marine Laboratory, situated on Tarpon Bay in the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is seeking an energetic and hardworking intern who is looking for hands-on experience in marine and estuarine-related research efforts. We are looking for detail-oriented individuals who will assist on a variety of ongoing research projects and develop an independent project/experiment under the direction of the resident scientists (examples; This may include a marine education or policy project with defined products and goals. The intern will gain direct experience working with lab staff and in the design and completion of an independent research project. Preference will be given to applicants considering the fields of environmental or aquatic/marine sciences as a career. The SCCF is a drug-free workplace.


Applicants should have a strong undergraduate background in the aquatic and/or marine sciences, including additional coursework in biological, physical , chemical, or related sciences. The successful applicant will be expected to assist with ongoing lab and field efforts and develop an independent research project within 1 month of arrival and complete the independent project during the 6 mo. internship. The intern must be able to swim in water of various temperatures and have a mask, fins, and a snorkel for field work. Other skills such as video production, informative social media, and library research will be evaluated along with the strength of undergraduate curriculum and academic metrics. The successful applicant will be required to participate daily work at the lab, sometimes involving long hours (potentially evening or weekends), often under difficult field conditions (must be able to lift 50 lbs.). The intern should also be prepared to work in subtropical conditions, including typical south Florida’s hot and humid conditions.

Stipend: A weekly stipend of $200/week plus on-island housing are provided, along with limited travel support for relocation.

Eligibility: Recent graduates with B.S. or B.A. from a marine program or with appropriate experience (see above) are preferred.
Please send: 1) a cover letter; 2) resume/CV with a summary of relevant coursework; 3) transcripts (unofficial are acceptable); 4) contact information for two references whom we may contact to:; or to: Dr. Eric Milbrandt, Director, SCCF Marine Lab, 900A Tarpon Bay Rd., Sanibel, FL 33957.

Starting Date: September 2014

Anticipated Duration: Six months

Posted 8/1/14