REEF’s Marine Conservation Internship provides an in-depth look into non-profit operations and marine conservation programs. The internship is geared towards college-age individuals (Juniors, Seniors, recent graduates & graduate students, local & international students) and provides diverse experiences through REEF’s marine conservation programs and opportunities to participate in the programs of REEF’s partners. During the internship you’ll have many opportunities to dive and volunteer with partner organizations, as well as implement community outreach/education programs focused on reef fish identification and lionfish handling and collection. Please explore the information below for details and application instructions.
REEF is now accepting applications for the Summer 2014 internship.
Application deadline is March 15, 2014.
Oceans of Opportunity - A REEF Intern's Experience!
Top 15 Reasons to Become a REEF Marine Conservation Intern: Click here!
Typical Day of a REEF Intern: Click here!
Bios of Current and Past REEF Interns: Click here!
Location: REEF Headquarters in Key Largo, FL.
Time Commitment: The internship program is a full time position that is typically four months in length. Each week interns are encouraged to participate in REEF's Volunteer Survey Project with a half day of diving (at no cost with one of REEF’s participating field stations) and other local environmental organizations by volunteering for a half or full day.
Housing: REEF provides a furnished house during the internship and covers a portion of the cost. Each intern contributes $300 each month toward the cost of housing. This amount includes all utilities and high speed internet. Details of housing can vary by semester. Any additional costs vary intern to intern based on personal expenditures. This is an unpaid position.
Dates of Position (see bottom of page for application deadlines):
*Start and end dates are flexible depending on University schedules and other school or work commitments.
Supervisor: Martha Klitzkie - General Manager
REEF is a nonprofit education and data gathering organization focused on training volunteer divers and snorkelers in fish identification and fish survey methodologies. Interns can expect to be exposed to a wide range of environmental nonprofit activities. These will include: handling incoming data forms, computer data entry, helping to write and layout newsletters and flyers, packaging orders, answering phone calls and e-mails, and working with members of the public that come into the REEF office for information. Interns will also take part in the numerous courses and seminars conducted by REEF including the Project AWARE Fish Identification Specialties, the Great Annual Fish Count, and other REEF marine life talks.
Interns are encouraged to implement individual projects related to their areas of interest. In addition, they are presented with opportunities to volunteer with other local environmental organizations. Past intern projects have related to biological assessment fieldwork and data analysis, community education and outreach, language translations of REEF materials, writing, artwork and design, and GIS mapping.
Certification Required: Basic Open Water SCUBA
Equipment to be Supplied by Intern: Reliable transportation. Full SCUBA equipment.
Contact: Martha Klitzkie - General Manager - PO Box 246 Key Largo, FL 33037 (305) 852-0030, email@example.com
To apply: Send the following to REEF's General Manager, Martha Klitzkie. email: firstname.lastname@example.org mail: P.O. Box 246, Key Largo, FL USA 33037
Deadlines: Fall: Applications must be received by June 30th. Spring: Application must be received by October 15th. Summer: Application must be received by March 15th (*January 31st if you are applying for the funded REEF internship through Our World Underwater Scholarship Society, see below). Candidates will be notified within 3-4 weeks of the application deadline of the semester for which they apply.
Each year, Our World Underwater Scholarship Society (OWUSS) supports 5 summer internships, one of them being with REEF in Key Largo. Through this exceptional opportunity OWUSS provides a $2,000 stipend to cover travel and living expenses during the internship.
Please visit the OWUSS website for more information and to apply: http://www.owuscholarship.org/internships/current.aspx It is possible to apply for both the OWUSS/REEF internship and the REEF marine conservation internship so that you can be considered for the REEF unpaid internship in the case that you are not selected for the OWUSS/REEF internship.
Application Deadline: January 31st, 2013 for Summer 2013 Scholarship
*Please note that while REEF Marine Conservation Interns are presented with many opportunities to dive, participating in dives is not a requirement nor a responsibility of the internship. All diving and volunteer opportunities occur during the interns' free survey or volunteer time each week (one half or full days for each activity). REEF supports diving by making introductions with local dive shops or volunteer organizations, but REEF does not directly lead or provide dive trips for the interns.