Coral Restoration and Conservation Internship

Coral Restoration and Conservation Internship

Coral Restoration Foundation offers internships throughout the year for young, marine conservation minded individuals. The internship is designed to introduce individuals to the non-profit sector of marine conservation, focusing on the restoration of coral reef ecosystems. The successful applicants will gain a range of experiences including office organization and field skills which include maintaining CRF’s Upper Keys coral nurseries and outplanting corals onto the reefs. The program is geared towards those enrolled in an undergraduate program, graduate program, or individuals who are recent graduates.


Interns actively participate in restoration efforts of both staghorn and elkhorn corals grown in CRF’s offshore coral nurseries.


Participate in outreach events that educate the community about the degradation of our reefs and the measures that are being taken to save them.


CRF prides itself on being a community organization. Interns get the chance to make connections in the community and gain lasting relationships.


CRF is located in Key Largo, Florida. Intern positions generally last 3-4 months and are full-time positions. Interns can expect to gain a vast amount of experience both on the water and in the Education Center (EC). In the EC, interns perform a range of tasks including answering phones, greeting visitors, and answering questions, inputting data, and performing aquarium maintenance. Dive days occur 2-4* times a week, where interns assist CRF staff with various activities including maintenance in CRF’s offshore nurseries, outplanting corals to designated restoration sites throughout the Upper Keys, and leading fellow divers participating in our dive program.

*Diving is weather dependent, and can cause fluctuation in days on the water, sometimes resulting in weeks where there is zero water time.


  • Spring: Early January- Late April
  • Summer: Early May- Late August
  • Fall: Early September- Late December


  • • Applicant should be enrolled in an undergraduate program, graduate program, or be a recent graduate from a college university.
  • • Preference will be given to those applicants with Advanced Open Water certification and higher, and those with previous boat handling and ocean diving experience.
  • • Applicant must be physically fit and able to work on the water and in the sun for long periods of time.
  • • Housing and reliable transportation must be provided by the intern.
  • • All dive gear (excluding tanks) must be provided by the intern.
  • • Applicant must be 18+ years of age or older.
  • • Upon selection, candidates will be required to provide a dive physical, dive certifications and log-books, and proof of DAN insurance.
  • • Applicant will be required to provide proof of CPR/First Aid training.



Applications are now being accepted for the Winter/Spring 2015 internship. The deadline to apply is November 7, 2014. Please send your resume, a cover letter, at least one letter of recommendation, and contact information of three references to Ashley Hill at In the subject line, please state your name and semester you are applying for. Example: John Smith, Fall 2013. Application materials can also be sent by mail to: Coral Restoration Foundation 5 Seagate Blvd. Key Largo, FL 33037

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