Application Deadline: October 7, 2019

The University of Florida’s Nature Coast Biological Station (NCBS, located in Cedar Key, Florida is working in partnership with the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge (CRNWR) in seeking four student interns for the period of November 2018 – March 2019. The internships are funded by the CRNWR and will work with UF and refuge staff to evaluate how human recreation can influence Florida’s manatee populations. The CRNWR was established in 1983 specifically for the protection of the endangered West Indian Manatee, which have now been down listed to threatened. This unique refuge preserves the last undeveloped areas in Kings Bay, the headwaters of the Crystal River, and provides critical thermal refuge for manatees each winter. These research internships offer an excellent opportunity for students to work in partnership with UF faculty and agency cooperators to address an issue of critical management and conservation concern in the region.

Job Duties: Duties may include but are not limited to: visual manatee surveys, visitor surveys, boat surveys, scientific equipment deployment, data entry, report writing, GIS mapping, and other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications: Must be in the process of obtaining a degree in a natural resource field at The University of Florida. The ability to work in inclement weather conditions with biting and stinging insects, poison ivy and in small boats for extended periods is mandatory. Candidate must be a strong swimmer. Travel and some overnight stay are required. Overnight housing will be provided for field work. Candidate must have a valid driver’s license to be able to drive government vehicles.

Preferred Qualifications: Excellent communication skills and the ability to engage the public with surveys and informal discussions are preferred. Successful candidates will work closely with NCBS faculty, US Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife Refuge staff, and volunteers. Prior field work experience, GPS/GIS proficiency, and MS Access, Excel and Word computer skills are preferred. Experience with canoes/kayaks with some knowledge of small boat operation is beneficial.

Work Schedule and Wages: The work schedule for this position can be adjusted based on the intern’s schedule, but the student must have at least two full free days available per week, which can include weekends. The interns will be paid $9 per hour. Transportation stipend will not exceed $500.


Please send a CV and contact information for three references in a single PDF or Word document to Emily Colson, NCBS by October 7, 2019. The CV should include GPA as well as details of experience and skills relevant to the position.

UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station Summer Internship Program (Closed for 2019)

This internship program is intended to give undergraduate students at UF an opportunity for real-world experience in research and/or extension activities. Selected students will work alongside practicing researchers and natural resource managers. These internships are six weeks, from early May to Mid-August (depending on host needs), and interns are paid $12.00 per hour for 40 hours a week. The hosts include UF/IFAS faculty as well as state and federal agency partners. Interns will participate in an orientation meeting with NCBS staff and hosts, as well as a summer wrap up workshop where interns will summarize their experiences. This is a great opportunity for students to enhance their skill sets and explore career options in natural resource fields. Application materials and host information for the 2019 program are found below. These internships are open to current undergraduates and recent graduates (within the past year) from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Florida. To see more information on our previous Interns and their experiences, go see our blog.


Applications Due: 

Candidates will be Notified: 

Intern Orientation for Selected Candidates: 

Application Requirements:

Please send a CV and contact information for three references in a single PDF file to Emily Colson at The CV should include GPA/Transcript as well as details of experience and skills relevant to the position. Multiple files from applicants will not be reviewed, and applications will be reviewed by a committee of UF faculty and hosts. 

You must also include your top three internship choices. (See list below)

2019 Internship Projects