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DEP and FIU logoThe Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has a staff of nearly 40 individuals working in various capacities including research, stewardship, education, coastal training, facilities and administration.

Many of the jobs here are salaried and benefitted either through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Coastal Office or Florida International University. Other Personnel Services (OPS) positions are also available and some are funded by the Friends of Rookery Bay and/or other partnering organizations. Available position details and applications are posted below. Visit for more opportunities elsewhere within our agency.


Rookery Bay Research Reserve offers internship opportunities under the following categories:
Paid internship: a continuing position, either full-time or part-time, with a stipend based on experience and work expectations. The stipend will vary may be reduced or eliminated if the reserve is providing housing.
Credit internship: a continuing position that provides students with school credit as approved by their academic institution for the number of hours as required by the institution, usually 135.
Project-based (ad hoc) internship: a position that may be made available for appropriate candidates whose interests align with staff needs to accomplish a specific project. Stipend or credit hours may be encumbered at the successful completion of a pre-determined project.

There are also a number of “unpaid” opportunities that may be available to interested parties who seek to gain experience as a volunteer. If accepted, the candidate is not considered an intern, but will be working to provide ongoing assistance or help with a specific project. Visit our volunteer section.

Current Opportunities

The current career opportunities are listed below with application instructions. Check back often to ensure you do not miss an opportunity that meets your interest. Thanks for your interest in becoming a part of the Rookery Bay Reserve team!


Communications Intern

Communications/Graphic Design Internship
Pay rate: college credit
Part-time: up to 16 hours per week, depending on college requirement

Job Description: Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is seeking a qualified student or individual to fill an internship opportunity for college credit. The internship will be in the Communications department and the student will be assisting the Communications Coordinator with various projects in the marketing and communications field. The student should be prompt, reliable, ambitious, a multi-tasker, and willing to commit to a regular schedule. The student should also be able to thoroughly follow direction from supervisors and complete tasks in a timely fashion. Professional attitudes are expected and a good work ethic is a must.

Responsibilities: The intern should have at least beginner to intermediate graphic design skills and will be assisting with various projects using marketing skills. Other tasks include: updating the media list, archiving news articles, managing inventory of literature and other documentation, assistance with social media and outreach, photography, videography and other communications and marketing-related projects. InDesign experience preferred.

Opportunities for learning and career growth: The student can expect to gain experience in the communications and/or marketing field and become comfortable collaborating with staff and presenting ideas for improved communications and marketing techniques as needed. The student will learn the ins and outs of the Communications department at the Reserve and will enhance their skills in graphic design, photo editing, outreach and customer service.

Location: Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve: 300 Tower Road, Naples, FL 34113

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Education Intern

Pay Rate: College credit

Hours Required: Up to 16 hours per week, depending on college requirement. This position requires morning and afternoon availability on one or more of the following days: Wed, Thu, or Fridays.

Position Description: This position is a part-time opportunity serving as the Education Intern at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples, FL. This position supports a variety of on and off-site educational programs delivered to audiences of all ages. The prospective intern need not be an education nor science major – art, English, computer majors, etc. could possess skills to aid the education department. Any student with an interest in education or the environment is encouraged to apply.

Requirements: Basic computer skills are required. Selectee must be proficient in Microsoft Office based programs, especially PowerPoint and Word. The intern is expected to arrive on time each day they are scheduled to work and successfully complete assigned tasks within a reasonable time frame. The intern should be prepared for work both inside or outdoors. Preferred skills include: ability to follow directions, ability to manage time appropriately, ability to communicate effectively and appropriately to a variety of age groups, ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Responsibilities: Primary duties include assisting with delivery of programs for 4th grade and 7th grade students. The Education intern will also deliver programs and presentations to the general public visiting the Environmental Learning Center, and have opportunities to participate in high school and college field trips. Based on student’s interest and availability other responsibilities may include: interactive surveys, photography and video production, aquarium assistance, and the handling of live marine animals. The intern will also be expected to observe/participate in field work with other departments to enhance their understanding of the variety of work that takes place within Reserve boundaries.

Opportunities for learning and career growth: The objective of this program is to provide the selected candidate the opportunity to improve their knowledge about coastal and estuarine ecosystems, to develop their public speaking skills, and to utilize their creativity in improving and developing programs and presentations order to assist education department staff deliver high quality, positive and rewarding experiences to visitors to the Reserve.

Start Date: Synonymous with school term

Required Trainings to attend: TBD

To Apply: Email resume and cover letter toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Education Specialist

Position Title: Education Specialist – Rookery Bay (Naples, FL)
Job Opening ID: 516109
Division/Department: CASE – Inst of Water & Environment

Posting Period: 10/22/18-11/5/18

Job Summary
Assists with activities associated with, but not limited to, the development and delivery of educational and interpretive program at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Environmental Learning Center (ELC) in Naples, Florida. This is a full-time, benefited position as faculty with Florida International University (FIU).

• Collaborates with education and Rookery Bay staff to design and deliver programs for students from high school and college program utilizing boats; in addition to casual visitors, tour groups, community organizations, summer camps and special events.
• Trains volunteers in delivering interpretive programs on exhibits and trails..
• Delivers a variety of outreach programs in the community and coordinates professional teacher development workshops under the direction of the Education Coordinator.
• Serves as educational crew leader on a variety of boats such as kayaks and 27' mullet boats and skiffs and ensures water safety protocols regarding passenger safety are enforced.
• Provides assistance as needed in the event of an emergency at the Rookery Bay Site, including pre-storm preparation, post-storm cleanup and replacement of stored goods to ready the site for operation after a storm; or other services assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in a related discipline

Departmental Requirements

• Must pass the FIU Boating Safety crew training and swimming competency test within three (3) months of the hiring date.
• Must qualify as a first aid/CPR provider within three (3) months of the hiring date.
• Must work Tuesday thru Saturday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Desired Qualifications
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in education, marine biology, or environmental studies. Experience may be substituted for the degree on a year for year basis.
• Two (2) years of full time professional work experience in an outdoor environmental education setting.
• Adept in public speaking, group facilitation and partnership building.
• Knowledge and appreciation of and commitment to the mission, goals and objectives of the College.
• Knowledge of educational program development and the ability to design and deliver high quality interpretive programs to a variety of audiences.
• Ability to work evening and/or weekend hours to participate in special functions.
• Demonstrated experience using a personal computer, office software such as MS Office and electronic mail.

Demonstrated ability to:

• Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff, students and the public.
• Work in a fast-paced, demanding environment.
• Plan, coordinate and manage complex work assignments.
• Work independently as well as in teams.
• Deal with people in a tactful and courteous matter.
• Exercise good judgment and display personal integrity.

Critical Skills/Expertise
All employees are expected to:
• Promote a common purpose consistent with stated College goals and demonstrate a commitment to students and the learning environment.
• Possess the knowledge of general written standards and procedures utilized, and have the ability to read, interpret, and follow procedural and policy manual related to the job tasks.
• Demonstrate the ability to respond to supervision, guidance and direction in a positive, receptive manner and in accordance with stated policies.
• Provide quality customer service by creating a welcoming and supportive environment.
• Present a professional image in word, action and attire.
• Demonstrate professionalism in dealing with a diverse population while understanding and respecting each other’s view of the world, personalities and working styles.
• Conduct oneself in a manner consistent with the College's standards of ethical conduct.
• Apply effective techniques to create working relationships with others to achieve common goals; successfully communicates and collaborates with others to achieve goals.
• Demonstrate skills necessary to look at situations and processes critically to make recommendations for improvement.

Work Conditions/Physical Demands/Special Conditions

  • Routinely requires repetitive wrist motions typing on a computer keyboard, etc. Position requires the ability to lift & move items weighing up to 50 pounds.


  • Responsibilities may require working outdoors in South Florida's extreme climate and dense mosquito populations.


  • Routinely requires the ability to interpret, analyze and perform critical thinking skills.

Advertised Salary

Work Schedule
Begin time: 8:30 AM
End time: 5:00 PM

Pre-Employment Requirements

• Criminal Background Check
• Fingerprinting Check
• Driver's License Check

Other Information
This is a time limited appointment which may be terminated at any time with 30 days’ notice.

How To Apply
Prospective Employee

If you have not created a registered account, you will be asked to create a username and password for use of the system. It is recommended that you provide an active/valid e-mail account as that will be the main source of communication regarding your status within the process.

In order to be considered eligible for the position as an internal candidate, departmental staff must meet minimum requirements of the position, be in good performance standing, and have been continuously employed at the University for at least six months.

Before you begin the process, we recommend that you are prepared to attach electronic copies of your resume, cover letter or any other documents within the application process. It is recommended that you combine your cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae into one attachment. Attached documents should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format. All applicants are required to complete the online application including work history and educational details (if applicable), even when attaching a resume.

*This posting will close at 12 am of the close date.

How To Apply
Current Employee

As a current employee, you must log into Employee Self Service (ESS) to apply for this and any other internal career opportunity of interest.
In order to be considered eligible for the position as an internal candidate, departmental staff must meet minimum requirements of the position, be in good performance standing, and have been continuously employed at the University for at least six months.

Before you begin the process, we recommend that you are prepared to attach electronic copies of your resume/ curriculum vitae, cover letter or any other documents within the application process. It is recommended that you combine your cover letter and resume into one attachment. Attached documents should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Website: or for internals, employee self-service

*This posting will close at 12 am of the close date.

FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) Technician

Position title: OPS Environmental Specialist

Position Number: 37979200

Salary: $15.00/hr.

Posting Closing Date: 11/09/2018

This is a part-time, OPS position (25 hours/week) with Florida Department of Environmental Protection, located at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR).

Duties and Responsibilities

The SWMP Technician will be responsible for assisting with water quality, groundwater level, and meteorological monitoring within the RBNERR boundaries. Activities will be closely coordinated with the RBNERR, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other partners, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Reserve, Florida Department of Environment Protection (DEP), and NOAA. Duties will include:

Coordinating and participating in monthly nutrient sample collections, including scheduling, washing and labeling sample containers, and deploying/retrieving the automatic water sampler;
Maintaining and deploying water quality and water level instrumentation;
Diligent documentation of detailed field and laboratory notes;
Preparation of field and laboratory equipment including calibration, maintenance, and troubleshooting of dataloggers and probes, as well as maintenance and use of hand-held water quality instruments;
Weather station maintenance, data downloading, and coordination for data quality control;
Field assistance with other ongoing research department projects and helping to enable visiting scientist research, when available.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

A Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or a related field from an accredited college/university is required. Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license is required. Applicant must possess experience in some, or preferably all, of the following: (1) scientific principles and field techniques involved with measuring physical, chemical and biological parameters in coastal environments, especially in relation to water quality; (2) trailering, operating, and working from boats; and (3) working in the field in all types of weather, while also lifting heavy equipment (50 lbs).

Applicant must be well-organized, detail-oriented, and have the ability to maintain inventory logs, perform statistical analyses, 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.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.


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