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About the Marine Conservation Fellows Program

In 2022, REEF launched the Marine Conservation Fellows Program. The program replaced the Leadership Intern Program, which started in 2015 and was targeted at providing opportunities for exceptional REEF Marine Conservation Interns (MCIs) to stay on with REEF for an additional year. The Marine Conservation Fellows Program is similar in structure and goals to the previous Leadership Intern Program, but is made available to a wider audience beyond just REEF MCIs.

Fellows gain in-depth experience and hone their career skills in a specific area while working closely with a REEF staff mentor throughout the duration of their time with REEF. Marine Conservation Fellows provide training and support for MCI cohorts and also gain experience in nonprofit management and operations by participating in projects that support REEF’s overall mission and marine conservation initiatives. Professional development is a focus throughout the program. The program includes opportunities for guidance on resume and other career planning documents, creating measurable goals and objectives for skill development, and recurring evaluation sessions with supervisors for constructive feedback.

Stipend and Housing: Marine Conservation Fellows receive a $1,000/mo stipend and housing in furnished home in Key Largo, FL, shared with other Fellows and MCIs. Fellows should have their own transportation. Time spent diving or participating in other in-water activities will be done as a volunteer and is not included as part of the fellowship program. REEF will pay reasonable travel and related expenses for REEF events while participating in the fellowship program as needed, with estimates to be approved in advance. 

Commitment: The fellowship is a full-time (40-hour/week) position, and we are asking that Fellows commit to a 9-12 month position. Fellows will be based at the REEF Campus in Key Largo, Florida (US). Program hours are typically Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm, and Fellows often have responsibilities for participating in evening and weekend events.

Who is eligible: The target audience is college-aged and early career individuals. The program is not limited to US citizens but international Fellows need to secure all necessary visas and permits.

Ares of focus: At any given time, REEF will have up to three Fellows on our team, filling the following roles:

  • Education and Events Fellow
  • Communications and Outreach Fellow
  • Conservation Science Fellow

For more information on these Fellow positions, visit the page linked above.

Application Process and Current Application Round: REEF is currently seeking applications for all three Fellow positions. Individuals can indicate their preference for one or more of the positions on their application. The review of applications will begin on July 5, 2022, and then review will be on a rolling basis after that. Desired start date for the next round of Fellows is August 22, but the actual start date remains flexible for the right candidate. Fellow positions will remain open until filled. We do not anticipate filling all three positions at the same time. Interested candidates apply online (linked above), and the application includes an online form, an attachment with cover letter, CV, and answers to several questions, and one letter of reference. Be sure to read each of the position descriptions to understand the scope of responsibilities.

Questions can be directed to David Ehlert, REEF Campus Coordinator, david@REEF.org.