Summer Teen Ambassador Program

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LOVE the environment? Want to share your passion?

Florida Oceanographic Society has summer volunteer opportunities for teens ages 15-17. 

For more information contact Rosemary Badger, Volunteer Coordinator, at rbadger@floridaocean.org or 772-225-0505 ext 109. 

UPDATED DUE TO COVID-19

Florida Oceanographic Society’s Summer Teen Ambassador Program is a competitive summer program for high school students interested in pursuing careers in marine or environmental sciences and for those who love the ocean and want to learn how they can help protect it! Participants follow their passion while volunteering with Florida Oceanographic to work to protect and preserve our local waterways. This summer our Conservation Ambassador track will be adaptable to either be completed remotely, or at the Coastal Center if it is deemed safe.  

Conservation Ambassadors 

Ideal for students who want to learn about local conservation efforts and who want to take part in individual stewardship projects.  Participants will work with research and advocacy staff to develop science-based skills and work on personal environmental stewardship. Topics include oyster and mangrove restoration, seagrass importance, water quality monitoring, microplastics, and personal stewardship projects. Participants will be required to commit to Wednesdays 9am-12pm for the webinars/sessions. Students will also have -assignments to complete on their own time each week and record their hours.  Students have the potential to earn 40 volunteer hours before school restarts in August. Hours are earned by participating in webinars and completing weekly assignments.

All Prospective Interns Should:

  • Be at least 15 years old by June 1st, 2020
  • Be enthusiastic, passionate and motivated
  • Have reliable access to a computer and internet for webinars
  • Be comfortable talking with others
  • Be able to work outdoors for some assignments
  • Have reliable transportation to complete
  • Be able to make a full summer commitment (June 17-August 5)

Florida Oceanographic Society is currently accepting applications.  Any high school student interested should complete the online volunteer application, submit 2 teacher recommendations, (one must be from a science teacher and teachers may email us the recommendations directly), and a one-page essay of your related experience and interest in Florida’s coastal ecosystems. Previous participants need to re-apply. Students will be selected based on a combination of their application, essay, and teacher recommendations. All application material must be received by June 1st, 2020.

February 1st – June 1st --- applications accepted

June 1st-June 8th –applicants notified of acceptance

June 11th - all paperwork must be signed and returned

June 17th- August 5th – Teen Conservation Ambassador Program

Upon acceptance, a $15 fee will be assessed to cover program expenses, FOS volunteer shirt and training materials. (Scholarships available)