Internship Program at MarineLab

Marine Resources Development Foundation's MarineLab program is a non-profit environmental education field school where outdoor exploratory adventures are supplemented by laboratory activities and discussions.  Training in snorkeling skills and boat and aquatic safety is part of each program.  The complexity and fragility of several tropical/subtropical habitats are introduced in a lecture/discussion format and then experienced first-hand during snorkeling field adventures.  Program participants range from 4th graders to teachers.  Programs are conducted seven days a week and activities are on-going from 8 AM to 10 PM including meal breaks.

Internships available:  Internships are available to college sophomores, juniors and seniors during the late spring/summer for an 8-10 week period.  Duties include assisting staff instructors as they teach and supervising students during field and laboratory activities.  Interns are responsible for lab set-up and maintenance, snorkel gear maintenance and inventory, supervision of student snorkeling activities, and preparations for group arrivals.  Interns may be called on to assist with almost all phases of the MarineLab environmental education program and therefore develop a comprehensive understanding of the operation of such a program.  Interns will also be mates on our 4 USCG inspected vessels, ensuring safety for the students while on the boat and in the water.

Interns will be expected to take on one of MarineLab’s many research projects.  These can vary by the summer but have included water quality monitoring, phytoplankton monitoring, mangrove restoration, and seagrass surveys.  The last few weeks of the internship, the chosen intern will specialize in the research of their choosing and do a presentation to culminate the end of the internship.

PREREQUISITE SKILLS AND TRAINING:  CPR and First Aid certification; completion of at least two semesters of college level biology with a grade of B or better; and comprehensive health insurance.
PREFERRED SKILLS AND TRAINING:       Open Water SCUBA certification; Lifeguard Certification

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS FEBRUARY 20, 2015. For more information or to apply, please download these pdfs: Intern Program Information (Details) | Application

Room and board are provided.  Interested students should read the complete packet, complete the application form and send with requested attachments to:

Elizabeth McNamee

PO Box 787                                                                           
51 Shoreland Drive                                                                
Key Largo, FL  33037                       


(305) 451-1139    (305) 451-3909 FAX                                  



An intern should benefit from their MarineLab experience in many ways: first hand knowledge of the unique Florida Keys environment; application of college science classroom content; "people skills" from lecturing to listening; professional and personal contacts; and practical experience in career options of teaching, research, recreation and administration. Room and board and internet access is provided for the duration of the internship.




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