Coral Restoration Program: Land-Based Coral Nursery Intern, Summerland Key

Mote's Coral Restoration Program focuses on large-scale propagation of corals in a land-based nursery to support ongoing research and restoration. 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). However, duties may also include hands-on propagation of corals using Mote's "micro-fragmentation" technique, and assisting with experiments aimed at improving propagation methods. Depending on the time of year and the participants experience with prior fieldwork, participants may have the opportunity to assist staff with transplanting corals to restoration sites during outplanting efforts, or observe staff during monitoring of previously outplanted corals. Opportunities for fieldwork will be limited to snorkeling only.

  • Hours are typically Mon-Fri, 8am - 5pm, with the possibility of long hours and weekends.
  • Housing is sometimes available in dormitory housing (shared rooms – no pets allowed) at our 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.

Interested applicants should mention “Coral Restoration: Land-Based Coral Nursery” as their preference in their statement of interest.