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Career Opportunities at Rookery Bay

The 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.

Additionally, Friends of Rookery Bay has a staff of 5 individuals working to connect people to Southwest Florida’s dynamic coastal environment in support of Rookery Bay Research Reserve. Positions are both full-time and part-time employees and contractors.


Paid Internships

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 Internships

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.

Norris Gaynor Student Scholarship

The Norris Gaynor Student Scholarship was established in 2019 through a generous contribution by Lavern Norris Gaynor, a long-time champion of youth education and environmental causes. Managed by Friends of Rookery Bay, the scholarship funds internships at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship

Being a part of the Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship provides opportunities to address today’s coastal challenges, develop marketable career skills, build a professional network and partner with universities, social and physical scientists and communities. As one of the 29 coastal sites in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, Rookery Bay hosts a new fellow every two years.
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Current Opportunities

Friends of Rookery Bay Customer Service Position

Part-Time or Full Time

Margaret Davidson Graduate Fellowship

Posted September 2021 - Application Closes December 10, 2021

Research Coordinator

Posted September 2021 - Environmental Specialist III - SES - 37001951

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