Volunteer and Internship Opportunities
The CWCI offers an internship program for college students to gain experience working on coastal conservation issues. Interns will assist the program coordinator with a variety of projects that conserve coastal wildlife, contribute to outreach, and gain some field experience. Juniors, seniors, and graduate students who can work in Lake City (with some travel to coastal locations) are encouraged to apply. Minimum GPA of 2.75 is required, with proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and internet research. Knowledge of Florida coastal and estuarine fauna and flora is preferred, along with ability to snorkel. For more information about the program, contact Fara Ilami at Fara.Ilami@MyFWC.com or (386) 754-1668.
FWC Kids’ Fishing Clinics – Volunteer to help teach kids about saltwater fishing and create responsible marine resource stewards. Clinics are held throughout Florida during the spring and summer. For more information, contact Marine@MyFWC.com.
Florida Shorebird Alliance – Volunteer to conduct bird surveys, monitor beach-nesting birds and roof-top nests, post sites, become a bird steward or simply join a local partnership.
Sea turtle organizations – Many organizations and individuals permitted by the FWC to conduct sea turtle conservation activities use volunteers. To find out who may have local volunteer opportunities involving sea turtles, contact MarineTurtleVolunteers@MyFWC.com.
Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program – Volunteer to empty a monofilament recycling bin at regular intervals at a location near you, or to help keep fishing line and marine debris out of the environment in other ways. For more information, contact Marine@myfwc.com.
Tampa Bay Watch Restoration – A variety of hands-on habitat restoration projects such as oyster dome construction, oyster shell bar installation, salt marsh plantings and coastal cleanups to help the bay recover from its devastating environmental problems. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.