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: 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 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
Tony grew up and currently lives in Minnesota, where he is completing his final semester as an Environmental Studies student at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He became eager to join the CRF crew for the spring of 2014, after carrying out a dive operations internship with the Georgia Aquarium this past fall. Although he lives far from the ocean, he has brought his passion for coral reefs close to home by housing many marine reef aquariums. As a diver, he is a certified PADI Divemaster and has logged nearly 300 dives in the past three years. In the future he is looking forward to obtaining his PADI Instructor certification, as well as, continuing to share his passion for coral reefs and marine conservation.
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.
Greg is originally from a small city north of Boston, MA. After experiencing the amazing work done by CRF during his 2013 internship, he has returned to intern for the winter of 2014. Greg’s love for the ocean and marine life can be seen in his educational background and future career aspirations. Currently, he is working to complete a B.S. in Marine Safety and Environmental Protection with a concentration in Marine Biology at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. As a Marine Science Technician in the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Reserve, Greg is involved with enforcing regulations that ensure the environmental integrity of our coastal waters. Upon graduation this spring his next step will be to seek a commission as an officer in the USCG before eventually going back to further his degree in a Marine Conservation related field.
Simone Nageon de Lestang
Simone’s first experience with the ocean stemmed from growing up on the Gulf of Mexico where she would spend summers shuffling for stingrays and taking canoe trips through the mangroves. She left her hometown, Naples, FL to attend college at the University of Florida where she earned a degree in Natural Resource Conservation with a focus in marine benthic ecology. Throughout her years in school she was a backpacking guide and actively pursued an understanding and appreciation of the outdoors, whether in the mountains of North Carolina or the sponge ecosystems of the Florida Bay. She is now focusing on marine habitat restoration and plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Marine Ecology. Her hobbies include canoeing, hiking, diving, crocheting, and anything that has to do with fish!