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Florida Black Bear, Manatee, and Marine Turtles Internship

Application Period Closed

The Spring 2024 application period is now closed.

Have you considered an internship with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Imperiled Species Management Section?

Staff and interns at the St. Marks Stone Crab Festival with bear pelt

The Imperiled Species Management Section is responsible for the conservation and management of some of the state’s most iconic species -  the Florida Black Bear, Florida manatee, Florida panther, and several species of marine turtle.

Our interns are highly motivated individuals from a wide variety of majors with strong written and verbal communication skills and an interest in gaining project management experience in government, public relations, or wildlife conservation.

Staff and interns at a community based workday

Tasks and projects are highly varied but may include: participating in community events, presenting to civic and school groups, mapping with GIS software, reviewing data for accuracy, or data entry and analysis using statistical software. The majority of work is conducted in a professional office setting rather than in the field.

Interns at the Forgotten Coast Black Bear Festival

Unpaid, office-based opportunities are available during Spring and Fall semesters in Tallahassee. The month long Application Period begins 8 weeks prior to the start of the upcoming semester.  Course credit (3 to 6 hours) is available for eligible students. Graduate students and upperclassmen of all majors are encouraged to apply. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required.

For more information, contact the Bear Management Program at