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The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve employs nearly 40 people 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.

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 or stipend. 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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Sea Turtle Nest Monitoring Internship

Project Description: Rookery Bay Reserve is foraging ground to three species of sea turtle. Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) and Atlantic green (Chelonia mydas) turtles are both listed as Endangered species, and the loggerhead (Caretta caretta) is listed as a Threatened species. The loggerhead is the most common species of sea turtle that nests along Reserve beaches. Rookery Bay Reserve staff work in cooperation with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Collier County Natural Resources, and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida to preserve this threatened species. Reserve staff and volunteers patrol the beaches to locate and cage nests, protecting them from predation by raccoons. They then document the number of hatched eggs to get a better understanding of nesting success.

Rookery Bay Reserve is seeking an intern to help staff monitor nesting activity and hatching success, contributing to a multi-year data set. The intern will be responsible for scheduling and supervising volunteers.The intern will also conduct and present the results of a project related to sea turtle nest monitoring at the Rookery Bay NERR Environmental Learning Center for the staff and volunteers.

Skills Required: Must be competent in basic boating skills including navigation in shallow estuarine/ocean tidal conditions, basic boat and engine maintenance, and boating safety. Must have a valid driver’s license, be able to swim, and have basic First-Aid skills. Good field observation and data gathering skills are required, as are good people skills. Must be physically able to work in summer outdoor conditions that include summer heat and humidity, biting insects, and rain. GIS and GPS skills are a plus but not required.

Location: Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Naples, FL

Internship Dates: Preferred- May 15- September 30.

Internship Schedule: Monday and Wednesday-Saturday from about 7:00 am- 3:00 pm. The times may vary depending on the daily climate and nesting conditions, therefore interns must be able to adjust to schedule changes.

Number of Intern Positions: One currently available

To Apply: Send a resume, cover letter and list of three references with contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view March 1 (annual deadline). No phone calls please.


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