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Sea Turtle Nesting Research (Tequesta)

The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) Sea Turtle Nesting Program is seeking two detailed-oriented interns to assist with the field component of a research project on sea turtle hatchling survivability. This project aims to characterize nest-to-surf mortality of sea turtle hatchlings on high-density nesting beaches to better estimate hatchling production in Florida. This information is important for accurate population modeling and conservation assessments of these threatened and endangered species.

Successful candidates will be task-oriented individuals that can work independently and in a team in a field setting. The primary responsibilities of the interns will be assisting with research tasks, including:

  • Field work on nesting beaches night and daytime (marking sea turtle nests, monitoring hatchling emergence, conduct post-emergence nest inventories)
  • Data processing and analysis

There may be occasional opportunities to assist with additional nesting program activities or research.


Start and end dates are somewhat flexible, but applicants should be available to work 30-40 hours per week from early May through late August.

You may qualify if:

  • You are a current undergraduate student (or recent graduate) in the following (or related) scientific disciplines: Biology, Environmental Sciences, and Oceanography/Marine Science.
  • You are willing to work on the beach in adverse conditions (heat, rain, bugs), sometimes at night (with a partner) and on weekends, if needed.
  • You have working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and are comfortable using mobile apps.
  • Prior sea turtle nesting experience is preferred but not required.

If you are interested in applying for an internship with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, the following information is required:

  • A cover letter describing the internship you are applying for; area(s) of academic/research interest; and the dates, days, and hours of availability
    • A résumé (or curriculum vitae) describing your relevant training and experience
    • Current academic transcripts
    • Names and contacts for three references.

Please submit application items as an e-mail attachment to:

If electronic submission is not possible, hard copies can be mailed to:

Internship Coordinator
FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 Eighth Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5020