Love Florida’s coastal waters and its animals? Want to share your passion with others while earning volunteer hours needed for graduation or college applications? Enjoy working outside and interacting with the public? Then you might be interested in our teen volunteering option at Florida Oceanographic Society - becoming a volunteer exhibit guide. Training is done onsite and with staff and experienced volunteers. Exhibit guides teach guests of all ages about the inhabitants of our touch tanks (horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs, gastropods, urchins and sea cucumbers) and assist our Stingray Program presenters during ray feeding time. Teen volunteers must be able to commit at least 4 hours/week during the school year.
Any high school student interested should complete the online application, submit 2 teacher recommendations [Teacher Recommendation Form] and a one page essay of your related experience and interest in Florida’s coastal ecosystems.
T.E.A.M Ocean is a competitive summer internship program for high school students interested in pursuing a career in marine sciences or environmental education. Interns will be spending time learning about environmental education, research, advocacy and nonprofit operations working closely with Florida Oceanographic Society’s Staff and volunteers.
What to Expect
Interns will work in groups on projects to develop skills essential to careers in marine science, environmental education, advocacy and non-profit operations. Interns are required to commit 2 half day shifts per week for 8 weeks. There will also be a couple of required after hour’s attendance of environmental talks in on our area.
Qualifications and Requirements
All Prospective Interns Should:
Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center will be accepting applications starting in March 2016. Any high school student interested should complete the online application, submit 2 teacher recommendations (one must be from a science teacher-form is online) and a one page essay of your related experience and interest in Florida’s coastal ecosystems. Interns will be selected based on a combination of their application, essay, teacher recommendations, and interview. All application material must be received by May 9th, 2016.
Orientation and Training
After your interview and acceptance into the program, please plan on attending the training session on Saturday June 4th 9am-12noon. Training will cover a range of topics designed to equip interns with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to be effective in their role at the Coastal Center. Training consists of hands-on instruction, a guided tour of the Center, policies and procedures.
A parent or legal guardian must attend the last 20 minutes of the training session.
Upon acceptance, a $50 fee will be assessed to cover program expenses, 1 uniform t-shirt, a nametag, training materials and refreshments during the initial training. Additional t-shirts can be purchased for $10.