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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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Communications Specialist

FDEP Florida Coastal Office Southwest Region and the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Position Title: OPS Education & Training Specialist (part-time)

Position Description: The Communications (Education & Training) Specialist at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is responsible for assisting the Communications Coordinator in efforts to raise awareness of public programs and events being offered at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center and regional offices in Southwest Florida. The Communications Specialist will promote activities and ecotours in local, regional and online media; manage website and social media content related to programs and tours; and analyze metrics, archive articles and perform other administrative duties as needed. This is a part-time position working 24 hours per week, at an hourly rate of $18.00.

Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:

  • Bachelor's degree in Communications or related field, plus two years of experience; or four years of work experience in the communications or marketing field.
  • Experience in managing social media.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience developing website content.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and strong ability to develop professional relationships.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficiency using Adobe Creative Suite software.
  • Experience with photography and image processing.
  • Experience with Search Engine Optimization.
  • Experience in the environmental and non-profit fields.

This position requires occasional operation of vehicles and vessels, and assisting with other program activities, including outdoors. The incumbent is required to be able to lift 35 lbs. The position will be located at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd., Naples, Florida 34113.

This is a part-time position working 24 hours per week, at an hourly rate of $18.00.

Position closing date: May 4, 2018



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