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Employment and Internships

Native Plant Nursery Internship

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) Native Plant Nursery 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 Plant Nursery 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 2015
Duration: Six months
Deadline: Open until filled
Stipend: ($200/week) and on-island housing provided

SCCF Public Outreach Coordinator

SCCF (the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) is soliciting emails of interest and attached resumes for its new Public Outreach Coordinator position. This new communications position will be responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive plan encompassing social media, print- and web-based promotion of SCCF’s mission, staff and projects. The position will work towards becoming an SCCF spokesperson, able to speak fluently about SCCF’s work. Replies can be sent to Karen Nelson at


• Proven ability to develop media contacts and work closely with media on telling SCCF’s story
• Ability to write and convey technical, scientific or complicated issues for public understanding
• Professional experience in social media, web site maintenance and eblasts
• Background in conservation and natural resource policy helpful but not essential
• Knowledge of Salsa software helpful but not essential


• Develop and execute social media presence on an appropriate ongoing basis
• Provide social media strategy/support to different program areas across multiple platforms


• Ongoing maintenance -- staff changes, employment, press links, SCCF publications, fundraising, sea turtles, plovers, issues (except Marine Lab, which maintains own pages)
• Events calendar and Program Descriptions page
• Policy pages -- Update content and Coordinate Policy issues with eblasts, social media
• Coordinate website with YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media
• Monitor web traffic, issue reports


• Keep public informed about the work being done by SCCF staff/volunteers
• Develop integrated media plan for print, social media, web, eblasts
• Special events communications and marketing
• Develop SCCF-wide editorial calendar
• Work closely with Policy/Marine Lab staff when there are issues of concern
• Cultivate media contacts, especially off-island
• Work with departments to develop stories about their projects
• Send faxes and emails about weekly programs to resorts

EBLASTS using Salsa

• Monthly Member Update
• Policy eblasts
• Notices of events
• Maintain current contacts
• Capture new contacts

Located on Sanibel Island, Florida, SCCF is a non-profit organization founded in 1967. It is currently celebrating its statewide recognition as the Florida Conservation Organization of the Year by the Florida Wildlife Federation. SCCF is dedicated to the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed through its program areas: Environmental Education, Marine Research, Natural Resource Policy, Native Plant Nursery, Sea Turtle Conservation, and Wildlife Habitat Management.

Updated: 4/2/2015