Coral Restoration Foundation offers internships throughout the year for young, marine conservation minded individuals. The internship is designed to introduce individuals to the non-profit sector of marine conservation, focusing on the restoration of coral reef ecosystems. The successful applicants will gain a range of experiences including office organization and field skills which include maintaining CRF’s Upper Keys coral nurseries and outplanting corals onto the reefs. The program is geared towards those enrolled in an undergraduate program, graduate program, or individuals who are recent graduates.
Interns actively participate in restoration efforts of both staghorn and elkhorn corals grown in CRF’s offshore coral nurseries.
Participate in outreach events that educate the community about the degradation of our reefs and the measures that are being taken to save them.
CRF prides itself on being a community organization. Interns get the chance to make connections in the community and gain lasting relationships.
ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP
CRF is located in Key Largo, Florida. Intern positions generally last 3-4 months and are full-time, unpaid positions. Interns can expect to gain a vast amount of experience both on the water and in the Education Center (EC). In the EC, interns perform a range of tasks including answering phones, greeting visitors and answering questions, inputting data, and performing aquarium maintenance. Dive days occur 2-4* times a week, where interns assist CRF staff with various activities including maintenance in CRF’s offshore nurseries, outplanting corals to designated restoration sites throughout the Upper Keys, and leading fellow divers participating in our dive program.
*Diving is weather dependent, and can cause fluctuation in days on the water, sometimes resulting in weeks where there is zero water time.
DATES OF INTERNSHIP
- Spring: Early January- Late April
- Summer: Early May- Late August
- Fall: Early September- Late December
- • Applicant should be enrolled in an undergraduate program, graduate program, or be a recent graduate from a college university.
- • Preference will be given to those applicants with Advanced Open Water certification and higher, and those with previous boat handling and ocean diving experience.
- • Applicant must be physically fit and able to work on the water and in the sun for long periods of time.
- • Housing and reliable transportation must be provided by the intern.
- • All dive gear (excluding tanks) must be provided by the intern.
- • Applicant must be 18+ years of age or older.
- • Upon selection, candidates will be required to provide a dive physical, dive certifications and log-books, and proof of DAN insurance.
Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2014 internship. The deadline to apply is July 1. Please send your resume, a cover letter, at least one letter of recommendation, and contact information of three references to Kayla Ripple at Kayla@coralrestoration.org. In the subject line, please state your name and semester you are applying for. Example: John Smith, Fall 2013. Application materials can also be sent by mail to: Coral Restoration Foundation 5 Seagate Blvd. Key Largo, FL 33037
Billy grew up in Fairfax, Virginia and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Mary Washington in 2012. He is currently a graduate student at George Mason University earning a degree in environmental science and policy. The major focus of his research is coral conservation and coral disease with an emphasis on how coral disease spreads through a reef. Though far from the ocean originally, Billy is passionate about the ocean and marine conservation. He has grown up very fond of the ocean and has taken every opportunity to learn about and explore as much of the marine environment as possible. He looks forward to his work with CRF to further expand his knowledge of coral reef biology and marine conservation as a whole.
Despite growing up in the landlocked state of Colorado, Ashley fell in love with the ocean at a young age and pursued marine science in college. Ashley graduated from Western Washington University with a B.S. in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Marine Ecology. In addition to marine science studies, Ashley became a diver nearly three years ago and has been hooked ever since. She knew she wanted to study tropical marine ecology, especially coral reef ecology, after studying abroad in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The fragile yet resilient nature of the reefs fascinated her and she was determined to learn more. She is looking forward to her time with CRF as she firmly believes in the conservation and restoration of coral reefs, they are powerful and important forces in the ocean.
Michelle is from Binghamton, NY. She fell in love with the ocean at an early age but it was not until becoming a Marine Science major at Eckerd College that she knew she wanted to study, protect, and conserve coral reefs. By regularly volunteering at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, FL, previous volunteer experience at CRF, and studying abroad in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, Michelle has become inspired and determined to preserve these remarkable ecosystems. As a new CRF intern, she is excited and looking forward to learning more about how to restore reefs. She is also eager to become a part of CRF, a frontline organization in the new wave of determination to save coral reefs. Michelle, just like many of us, is under the ocean spell as Jacques Cousteau once explained: “The ocean, once it casts it’s spell, holds us in a net of wonder forever”.
Travis Ferguson is locally born and raised in Tavernier, graduating from Coral Shores High School in the class of 2012. Intrigued by experience gathered from diving the local reefs throughout his youth, he is devoted to learning more about the ecosystem. He is currently studying biological sciences at the Florida State University and is entering his junior year. This past summer he obtained his PADI Divemaster certification and has put further instruction on hold in order to broaden his knowledge of coral reef ecology. He hopes to eventually become a certified PADI Instructor as well as travel the Caribbean to further expand his knowledge of coral reefs. He enjoys to fish and kayak on his days off but appreciates anything out or under the water.
Bridget grew up almost as far from the ocean as you can get, falling in love with the underwater world, instead, on trips to Lake Michigan near her home in northern Indiana. She transferred from Indiana University to the University of Tampa to pursue a B.S. in Marine Science-Biology. In Tampa, her fondness for the water influenced her decisions both in becoming a collegiate rower and a certified diver. Bridget hopes to use her time here with CRF to continue pursuing her interests in coral ecology and conservation.