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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!


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.


Public Information Specialist II

Date: May 10, 2019
Location: NAPLES, FL, US, 34113
Requisition No: 62607
Agency: Environmental Protection
Position Number: 37020775
Salary: $ 42,948.00
Posting Closing Date: 05/24/2019

This is a full-time Career Service position with benefits located at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples, Florida.

Job Description:  Incumbent will promote the mission of Rookery Bay Research Reserve and increase public awareness of the value of estuaries through effective public relations and marketing strategies aimed at the public and targeted audiences. Includes writing or editing feature articles, calendar announcements, press releases and other communications products.

Job Duties:  

  • Assist staff in sharing key messages with specific audiences for activities where public support is required, i.e. management plan review/approval, Critical Wildlife Area designations and other postings, public workshops, public access, natural and cultural resource protection and catastrophe response plans.
  • Help ensure consistent messaging and branding protocols for the agency are followed for staff speaking engagements within the region.
  • Serve as media liaison for the reserve, handling press inquiries and liaising with the central office, providing information for websites, and maintaining photo library of reserve activities.
  • Oversee team efforts to maintain clippings board and binder, research non-traditional media opportunities, trade journals, community newsletters and concierge outreach program.
  • Develop or coordinate design of communications materials to advertise and educate the public, Environmental Learning Center visitors and other audiences, to increase public awareness of events and programs. Includes production of signs, exhibits, brochures or other fabricated collateral; designing and placing print or digital advertisements.
  • Provide content for two websites and social media platforms managed by The Department of Environmental Protection and The Friends of Rookery Bay.
  • Maintain video library, coordinate or assist with video production and placement.
  • Provide communications and public relations assistance to regional field offices for outreach and internal communication.
  • Keep current on Reserve initiatives, goals, issues, safety protocols and help maintain aspects of safe and effective Reserve operations by attending meetings and participating in other reserve activities as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A degree in Mass Communications, Public Relations or related field.
  • The ability to culminate words and pictures into meaningful presentations for diverse audiences.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A comprehensive understanding of DEP’s role, mission and relationships with managing and partnering agencies
  • An understanding of the needs and interests of various audiences including the visiting public, upper-level management, and various stakeholders.
  • The ability to communicate effectively about various topics including restoration science and natural history.
  • Sensitivity to “hot topics” and ability to handle media inquiries.
  • Ability to supervisor employees in this field.

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.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.





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