Coral Restoration Program: Boy Scouts of America Collaboration, Summerland Key

The coral restoration program at Mote’s Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration, in partnership with the Brinton Environmental Center (Sea Base, Boy Scouts of America) is currently seeking an intern to work across both institutes for the fall term.

Mote's Coral Restoration Program focuses on large-scale propagation of corals in a land-based nursery to support ongoing research and restoration activities. Most of the work conducted by interns at the land-based coral culture facility involves daily coral husbandry (handling coral fragments to remove algae and other fouling organisms) and basic aquaculture maintenance duties (cleaning tanks and seawater systems).  Duties may also include hands-on propagation of corals using Mote's "micro-fragmentation" technique, assisting with experiments aimed at improving propagation methods, and possibly observing reef restoration and monitoring in progress (on snorkel).  This internship is unique from other coral restoration internships at Mote as it involves working across the two institutions, with 2 days per week dedicated to the Brinton Environmental Centers coral farm, and the remaining 3 at Mote Marine Laboratory (both in very close proximity on Summerland Key, Florida).

  • Hours are typically Mon-Fri, 7:30am - 4pm, with the possibility of long hours and weekends.
  • Housing is sometimes available in dormitory housing (shared rooms – no pets allowed) at Mote’s Summerland Key facility for a reasonable rate during fall and spring internship sessions. However, when the facility is full, interns will be responsible for finding their own off-site housing.  Interns must also have their own transportation.
  • Location: Summerland Key, FL
  • Scholarships: This is an unpaid internship; however, there are scholarship opportunities available

If interested please submit the following information to this link (do not worry that the website says the fall deadline has already passed): Select Coral Restoration program choice.

  • One-to-two page Statement of Interest, include your interest in the BSA Collaboration program
  • Resume or CV
  • Unofficial transcript
  • A letter of recommendation, uploaded directly by the recommender
  • A background check will be required prior to commencing any work.

If you have further questions please contact or Zachary Craig ( or Sarah Hamlyn (