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.
ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP
CRF is located in Key Largo, Florida. Intern positions last 4 months and are full-time 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 1-4* 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 should have at least 20 dives and preference will be given to those showing strong diving experience.
- • Applicant must be physically fit and able to work on the water and in the sun for long periods of time (8 hours a day several days in a row).
- • Housing and reliable vehicular 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, and applicant will be required to provide proof of CPR/First Aid training.
Coral Restoration Foundation is now accepting applications for the Summer 2015 internship! Please read over the application form and return all necessary materials to Ashley Hill (email@example.com), Intern Coordinator, by Feb. 22, 2015. Any questions can be directed to Ashley via email or by phone at 305. 453. 7030.
Kristin was born & raised in a little town called Boring near Portland, Oregon. This year she graduated from the marine biology undergraduate program at Oregon State University. During her studies, she researched coral reef ecology during a semester on the island of Bonaire. While there, she also became an AAUS scientific diver and conducted her own research project on cyanobacteria distribution. When she returned to Oregon, she continued diving and became a PADI DiveMaster. After graduation, she was an intern for the Student Conservation Association at Crater Lake National Park conducting lake research on the deepest lake in the US. She is very excited to start her new adventure in Key Largo and spend the winter/spring in Key Largo working with CRF!
Born and bred in Pensacola, FL Tiffany has been adventuring the ocean all her life. To begin with, surfing got her hooked on the beauty of the ocean. As she progressed into college, she knew a path towards marine science would keep her connected to the water. After studying abroad in Curacao, her focus shifted to coral reefs, specifically the conservation and restoration aspects. Following her graduation from the University of South Florida in the spring of 2014, she has continued to stay involved with people and organizations that actively engage in developing and executing methods of reef recovery. Now with CRF, she hopes to learn the best ways in which she can individually make a difference and influence others as well.
Having grown up on the beach in Dana Point, CA, Iris fell in love with the ocean from an early age and became inspired to pursue a career in marine science. She graduated with her B.S. in Aquatic Biology from UCSB in 2010 where she also interned as an AAUS diver, then went on to complete a M.Sc. in Marine Biology from James Cook University in Australia in 2013. Her experience working on the Great Barrier Reef only heightened her interest in coral reef ecology and since then she has been intent on combining research, conservation, and marine management for the preservation of coral reefs worldwide.