INTERNSHIP - Environmental Science Research

Naples, FL


Assist the Environmental Science Team in a variety of research projects such as wetland assessments, habitat monitoring, mangrove research, or sea turtle research. Responsible for additional duties, as assigned, such as data entry, sample processing and equipment maintenance.

Essential Duties

  • Learn and work with commonly used practices for laboratory procedures and field research.
  • Preparing gear for the field, recording and organization of data/datasheets and accurate data entry.
  • Occasionally working with live animals.
  • Assist on Presentations.
  • Assist with other Science Department projects as needed.
  • Weekends/ holiday hours may apply to intern’s schedule.
  • Ability to work independently as well as a team member.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Written and oral communication skills.
  • Organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Occasional public interactions/science communication.
  • Must be able to plan ahead each day for your own personal apparel and needs based on current field conditions.
  • A positive attitude is a must.

 Education and/or experience

Applicant must be at least a senior in college or possess a BS or BA in one of the biological or environmental sciences. Background in field survey techniques or willingness to learn.


Interest in field biology and willingness to work under adverse south Florida field conditions which include: intense heat, humidity, unpredictable weather and biting insects.  

Willingness to work outside of the usual 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM business hours when necessary. Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Access or Excel preferred.

Must possess a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.

Working knowledge of the care and operation of outboards, ATV’s and ORV’s, or a willingness to learn is an asset.

Strong commitment to the conservation of the natural environment.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here 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.

Physical Demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, the ability to stand and walk in uneven terrain for many hours each day is a must.  The employee is also frequently required to sit along with using hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Special vision abilities required by this job include close vision and color vision.

Work Environment:  The work environment can vary greatly from office conditions to multiple habitat types such as: freshwater/saltwater wetlands, dry scrub, mangroves and open water. The environmental variables for each habitat are very different and most days are subject to intense heat and biting insects.

The Conservancy is a drug free and smoke free, equal opportunity workplace.

$300 bi-weekly cost of living stipend and dorm accommodation, including laundry, provided.