Program: Coral Reef Monitoring and Assessment
Supervisor: Erich Bartels
Location: IC2R3, Summerland Key, Florida
Internship Period: Summer (May-July) and Late summer/early fall (Aug-Oct)
Primary Project: Acropora Restoration Project
- Extensive fieldwork involving SCUBA diving.
- Extensive hands-on construction of nursery structures (fiberglass, PVC, and concrete), tags, coral mounts, and other materials needed for offshore coral nursery operation and outplanting.
- Maintenance and cleaning of field equipment, both on land and underwater.
- Assist with land-based nursery maintenance with Coral Restoration Program staff as needed.
- Assist with field/dive support activities provided to a wide variety of researchers as needed.
Minimum Qualifications or Requirements:
- Certified SCUBA diver (Rescue Diver or higher preferred) with a minimum of 100 logged dives and prior research diving experience.
- Meet and maintain AAUS Scientific Diver standards, including current certification in CPR, First Aid, and O2 Admin., dive physical requirements, and D.A.N. insurance.
- Able to provide all personal equipment needed for SCUBA diving (except tanks and weights).
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Participate in heavy physical exertion while swimming or diving.
- Lift heavy objects or equipment up to 50 lbs.
- Comfortable operating power tools, and working with fiberglass and concrete.
- Hours are typically Monday-Friday, 7:30am-3:30pm, but there will be the need for flexibility as fieldwork occasionally requires long-hours and weekends.
Note: Housing is sometimes available at Mote's Summerland Key facility for a reasonable rate, usually during fall and spring internship sessions. During the summer session or if the facility if full, interns will be responsible for finding their own housing. When this internship is based in the Keys, interns must also have their own transportation.