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Sea Turtle Migration Research - Laboratory

Learn about this opportunity to assist with sea turtle research in the laboratory.

The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) Sea Turtle Research Program is seeking for two detailed-oriented interns to assist with the laboratory component of a research project on sea turtle migratory connectivity using stable isotope analysis of non-viable unhatched eggs.  Stable isotope values of unhatched eggs are used to infer foraging area used by females during the non-reproductive season. This statewide project aims to provide a comprehensive geographic assessment of foraging areas used by sea turtles nesting in Florida within and among years.

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

  • Preparation of biological samples (mostly unhatched sea turtle eggs) for stable isotope analysis
  • Data entry
  • Proof data for accuracy
  • Sample organization and cataloguing


Internships require a minimum three-month commitment. Starting and ending dates are flexible. Applicants should be available to work 15-20 hours per week.

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 with often smelly and rotten eggs
  • You have working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Excel at a minimum, Access is a plus)
  • Prior laboratory 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 Eight Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5020