Youth Opportunities


TEAM Ocean Summer Internship Program

Teens Excited About Marinelife and the Ocean
Love the environment? Want to share your passion? Florida Oceanographic Society has summer volunteer opportunities for students (ages 15-17)


Program Description

TEAM 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, and advocacy while working closely with Florida Oceanographic Society’s staff and volunteers.

What to Expect

Interns will work in groups to develop skills essential to careers in marine science, environmental education, and advocacy. Interns are required to commit 3 half days per week for 8 weeks. Two half days per week will be spent as an exhibit guide at our educational exhibits where you will develop the art of informal environmental education. One half day per week will be spent working on a variety of research and advocacy projects. Students can be expected to commit to and work 90 volunteer hours over the course of the summer. The training provided will also prepare students to earn additional volunteer hours throughout the year.

Qualifications and Requirements

All Prospective Interns Should:

  • Be at least 15 years old by June 1st
  • Be enthusiastic, passionate and motivated
  • Be comfortable talking with people of all ages
  • Be able to work outdoors in all conditions
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Be able to make a full summer commitment (May 31 – July 31)
  • Be comfortable working in teams


To Apply

Florida Oceanographic Society will be accepting applications starting in March 2018. Any high school student interested should complete the online volunteer application, submit 2 teacher recommendations using the online form (one must be from a science teacher) and a one-page typed essay of your related experience and interest in Florida’s coastal ecosystems. Previous participants need to re-apply.  Interns will be selected based on a combination of their application, essay, teacher recommendations, and interview. All application material must be received by April 16, 2018.


March 1 - April 16 - applications accepted

April 16 - April 27 - applicants notified of acceptance 

Friday May 11 – all paperwork must be signed and returned 

Thursday May 31 - Required Welcome and Orientation 1 - 3 p.m.

Tuesday June 5 - Required Exhibit Guide Training 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


ALL TEAM Ocean participants will have two 4-hour shifts of exhibit guide from June 4 - July 31

(Some weekends may be required) Exhibit guide schedules will vary based on your availability. 

Every Wednesday from June 13 - July 25, you will be required to attend TEAM Ocean group service days.

These days will run from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and attendance is mandatory. Service days will include, but not be limited to, oyster shell deployments, seagrass surveys, an annual fish count, beach cleanups, adopt a highway events and other special events/programs. 


Program Fees

Upon acceptance, a $50 fee will be assessed to cover program expenses, 2 uniform t-shirts, a nametag and training materials. Additional t-shirts can be purchased for $5. 


For more information contact Rosemary Badger,
Volunteer Coordinator at 772-225-0505 x109 or

High School Volunteer Opportunities at FOS

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.


For more information contact Rosemary Badger,
Volunteer Coordinator at 772-225-0505 x109 or