Internship Program

Designed to inspire students with an appreciation of coastal ecosystems.

The GTM Research Reserve offers structured internships to current full-time or part-time college students (or recent graduates within two years of course completion) that will provide unique, hands-on opportunities in the fields of estuarine research, stewardship, education, non-profit management, and more under the mentorship of GTM Research Reserve researchers, staff, and other professionals.

Internships are typically unpaid and housing is not provided. Internship candidates must be available to commit to 20-24 hours/week for a period of 3-5 months depending on the season. International applicants are welcome.

Program Dates*

*some programs offer flexible start and end dates to accommodate your school schedule.

Summer 2019

May 13 – August 16
Application Deadline: March 18, 2019

Fall 2019

August 5 – December 2
Application Deadline: June 7, 2019

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be a degree-seeking student enrolled in a four-year college or recent graduate within two years of course completion
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be able to provide own transportation to the GTM Research Reserve’s North Office in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Program Areas

Visitor Use & Education

Interns interested in this program area work alongside staff and volunteers to ensure all visitors learn about the mission of the Reserve, coastal stewardship, estuarine education, and the research within the Reserve. Tasks include assisting in educating visitors to the Visitor Center and at public outreach events, assisting in school programs, to helping with offsite programs in the community. Interns may design and maintain web resources for visitor use information, conduct public user surveys, develop curriculum, interact with community leaders, and work with the various departments at the Reserve to better effectively communicate with the public. Interns within this area will also work with the research, education, and stewardship staff members to compile and maintain Reserve resources for various stakeholder/public groups.

Qualifications

Candidates applying for this position should possess the following:

  • Flexibility with a team player mentality
  • Ability to work with minimal to moderate supervision
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor with great interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task with the capability to learn quickly and integrate efficiently
  • Experience working with elementary, middle, and/or high school students
  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs and work in “typical Florida” environmental conditions (e.g. heat, bugs)
  • Knowledgeable in Microsoft applications and skilled in basic computer use (e.g. able to use software to design brochures and use spreadsheets)
  • Have a valid driver’s license.
  • Be personable and possess a positive attitude.
  • Preference for candidates pursuing degrees in education, conservation, psychology, hospitality, graphic design, and marketing.

HR & Volunteer Management

Interns interested in this program area will assist with the design, implementation, and management of the HR/volunteer program. Tasks include: assisting the HR Administrator/Volunteer Coordinator in managing the HR/volunteer program, which includes marketing and recruitment, scheduling, and supervision. As a HR/Volunteer Management intern, the need to handle community relations is of key importance. You will assist with management of all volunteer program-related communications and special events, as well as other duties and tasks assigned.

Qualifications

Candidates applying for this position should possess the following:

  • Exceptional organizational skills with reliability and consistency in work performance
  • Flexibility with a team player mentality
  • Ability to work with minimal to moderate supervision
  • An extreme focus on good judgment with a proactive approach to problem-solving
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor with great interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task with the capability to learn quickly and integrate efficiently
  • Maintain professional standards of performance, demeanor, and appearance at all times
  • Exercise discretion and professional judgment at all times, maintaining the strictest of confidentiality
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Applicants should be pursuing a degree in HR or Volunteer Management.

Marketing & Communications

Interns interested in this program area will have opportunities to learn many different areas of the communications world. It is a unique internship where students will assist in all aspects of social media marketing; assist in the development & maintenance of our website; assist in the promotional campaign efforts for events at the Reserve; assist with media relations; research & update daily digital marketing analytics; Brand awareness campaigns; assist in our email marketing efforts; other duties and tasks as assigned in a marketing/development context. Although a portion of the responsibilities will be clerical, a large portion of the internship will be determined by the candidate’s specific skill set.

Qualifications

Applicant must possess experience in some, or preferably all, of the following:

  • The ability to get along with others and work as part of a team is critical.
  • Ability to work with minimal to moderate supervision
  • Complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Ability to multi-task with the capability to learn quickly and integrate efficiently
  • Be pursuing a degree in marketing, communications, or related field.

Nonprofit Management

Do you want to learn more about nonprofit management? If so, spend some time interning with the Executive Director of the Friends of the GTM Research Reserve learning the ins and outs of the nonprofit world. Some of the duties will include: data entry, donor software management & list maintenance, donor recognition, donor level benefit assigning, special event coordination, outreach, grant and Foundation coordinating, fundraising tasks, advertising pitches, and general administrative duties

Qualifications

Candidates should possess experience in some, or preferably all, of the following:

  • Candidates should be pursuing a degree in nonprofit management, business, development or marketing.
  • Ability (and desire) to multitask and work on a variety of campaigns simultaneously
  • Flexibility with a team player mentality
  • Ability to work with minimal to moderate supervision independently or within a group
  • Be an effective communicator.
  • Computer skills
  • Enjoy working with people

Resource Management & Conservation

Interns interested in this program area will gain experience in conservation and stewardship of coastal habitats and the preservation of cultural/historic resources. Tasks may include: assisting staff with exotic and invasive species removal, spoil island assessments/cleanups, coastal and upland restoration implementation and monitoring, trail maintenance, and archeological site monitoring.

Qualifications

Candidates applying for this position should possess the following:

  • Candidates should be pursuing a degree in conservation, ecology, natural resource management, or related fields.
  • Perform physically demanding duties (i.e. able to lift up to 50lbs, able to work 10 hour shifts primarily active and on your feet) in a Florida climate.
  • Flexibility with a team player mentality
  • Ability to work with minimal to moderate supervision independently or within a group
  • Be an effective communicator.
  • Computer skills
  • Enjoy working with people
  • Be able to work some weekends

Research

Interested in research related to salt marshes, terrestrial uplands and coastal strand habitats? Interns in this program area will gain experience conducting and assisting in research and monitoring projects of intertidal and upland habitats. Tasks may include: assisting staff, volunteers, and visiting scientists of the Reserve conduct biodiversity surveys of flora and fauna (e.g., gopher tortoise and striped newt surveys), conduct research in the salt marsh-to-mangrove transition zone, prescribed fire, habitat mapping/ground truthing, and elevation surveying.

Qualifications

Candidates should possess experience in some, or preferably all, of the following:

  • Candidates should be pursuing a degree in conservation, ecology, natural resource management, or related fields.
  • Scientific principles and field techniques
  • Perform physically demanding duties in a Florida climate (heat, bugs, long days, etc.).
  • Flexibility with a team player mentality
  • Ability to work with minimal to moderate supervision independently or within a group
  • Be an effective communicator.
  • Computer skills
  • Enjoy working with people
  • Some work on weekends or after hours will be required as necessary.

Water Quality

The Water Quality intern will assist in national- and regional-level water quality monitoring programs. The System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) is a national program within the NERRS that uses data sondes to collect 15-minute data in addition to monthly water samples for nutrients, bacteria, and algae. In addition to SWMP, the water quality intern will assist in local water quality studies in the Guana River system. This intern will be responsible for providing general care, support, and maintenance of field/lab equipment, vehicles, and vessels; participating in monthly nutrient sample collections, including washing and labeling sample containers; deploying/retrieving the automatic water sampler (ISCO); and data entry.

Qualifications

Applicant must possess experience in some, or preferably all, of the following:

  • scientific principles and field techniques involved with measuring physical, chemical and biological parameters in coastal environments, especially in relation to water quality;
  • trailering, driving, and working from boats; and
  • Be comfortable working in extreme weather conditions (heat, rain, wind, etc.).
  • Applicant must be well-organized and adhere to deadlines.
  • Experience with water quality and meteorological instrumentation is desired.
  • The ability to get along with others and work as part of a team is critical.
  • Some work on weekends or after hours will be required as necessary.

If you have any questions about the GTM Research Reserve Internship Program, please contact Shannon Dunnigan at Shannon.Dunnigan@FloridaDEP.gov.

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