Interns will primarily assist staff members with photographing manatees and collecting behavioral and environmental data at sites around Tampa Bay. Interns will also be responsible for a number of lab-based photo-identification tasks, such as downloading images, entering information into databases, scanning data sheets and matching images to known animals. Interns often collect data independently in the field, thus responsible, detail oriented applicants are encouraged to apply. Most field work is land-based; however, during the winter session opportunities are available to assist with boat-based manatee photo-identification. Other responsibilities may include but are not limited to data entry, assisting with manatee genetics research, special projects and outreach activities. This internship provides a great opportunity to gain valuable field and lab experience at a government agency.


  • Computer proficiency; Microsoft Access literacy preferred.
  • Working knowledge of SLR digital cameras, filters and lenses preferred but not required.
  • The ability to lift approximately 50 pounds of equipment.
  • A valid U.S. Driver’s License.
  • Enthusiasm and willing