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.
DATES OF INTERNSHIP
- Spring: January- April
- Summer: May- August
- Fall: September- 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 Summer 2014 internship. The deadline to apply is February 21. Please send your resume, a cover letter, at least one letter of recommendation, and contact information of three references to Kayla Ripple at firstname.lastname@example.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
Martine moved from Atlanta to Miami in 2011 to pursue her Master’s Degree in Marine Affairs and Policy at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Her thesis is focused on the impact of ocean acidification on coral calcification rates. Over the past two years Martine has done a variety of research ranging from a research cruise across the Atlantic assessing decadal studies of water samples, mapping baseline data for the mangrove forest structure in the Galapagos, and mangrove fish surveys in Biscayne Bay, Florida. While many subjects within the field of marine science interest Martine, she is especially interested and concerned over the impact of climate change and anthropogenic stressors on coral reefs. After spending years researching the continuing decline of our reefs, Martine is thrilled to now participate with CRF’s restoration efforts as an intern. Upon graduation Martine hopes to continue coral reef research and community outreach to ensure reefs will persist-and hopefully flourish-for future generations to enjoy.
Derek is finishing up his final semester at Northern Arizona University where he will be receiving his undergraduate degree in Parks and Recreation Management, with an emphasis on Tourism. Growing up in San Diego, California, Derek fell in love with the ocean and as a result, has been fascinated with water-based sports and activities ever since. Derek’s future goal is to become an eco-tour guide for open water kayak tours and/or Scuba diving tours. In his spare time, Derek enjoys playing basketball, golfing, and taking his dog (Dublin) for hikes.
Born and raised in Deerfield, Illinois, Adam is a junior at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, where he is pursuing an undergraduate degree with a major of biology and a minor in government. Sparked by the acquisition of his first reef aquarium in middle school, Adam developed a passion for marine biology, coral reef conservation and scuba diving. This passion has, in turn, led him the Coral Restoration Foundation this fall. In addition to interning at CRF, Adam enjoys working in a research lab at Dartmouth studying mercury bioaccumulation, organizing with the College Democrats, and bicycle racing and hiking with the Dartmouth Outdoors Club.
Patrick McMahon is a recent graduate of Oregon State University where he received his B.S. in Biology. Through OSU, he worked as a PADI Divemaster for two years, and volunteered for a graduate lab studying Pacific Giant Salamanders and Torrent Salamanders. His future goals are to study marine mammals and create awareness for preventative research of coral reef degradation.