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The Reef Environmental Education Foundation is a grass-roots organization that seeks to conserve marine ecosystems by educating, enlisting and enabling divers and other marine enthusiasts to become active ocean stewards and citizen scientists. Join here.

Subscribe to the Coral-List. The purpose of the listserver is to provide a forum for Internet discussions and  announcements pertaining to coral reef ecosystem research, conservation, and education. As of October, 2010, over 6,500 coral reef enthusiasts were subscribed to the list. 

Join DAN, Divers Alert Network.  In addition to providing emergency medical advice and assistance for underwater diving injuries, they underwrite a wide range of research, education and training programs that promote safe diving. If you are a frequent diver you should join.

Become a scientific diver and join AAUS. The mission of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences is to facilitate the development of safe and productive scientific divers through education, research, advocacy, and the advancement of standards for scientific diving practices, certifications and operations.

Other sources for internships and jobs.

DISL internships for summer and fall

posted Mar 6, 2014, 6:35 PM by Erin Burge   [ updated Mar 6, 2014, 6:36 PM ]

*Undergraduate Internships at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in the Marine
Ecology Lab *

***Application Deadline*: **
Summer Applications - March 23, 2014, 11:59om CST
Fall Applications -  June 22, 2014, 11:59om CST

***Position description***
The Marine Ecology Lab is looking for interns to help conduct research on
several on-going projects in various nearshore benthic habitats along the
Northern Gulf of Mexico Coast. Research will be based out of the Dauphin
Island Sea Lab located on Dauphin Island, Alabama at the mouth of Mobile
Bay. Interns will work closely with Dr. Ken Heck, his lab technicians and
graduate students.

We are looking for interns for both summer and fall seasons. The duration
of the internship is about 3 months. The internship will have a flexible
start date with summer interns starting in June and continuing through
August. Fall interns will start in August and continue through
November.**You may apply for both seasons if you wish.

*Duties and responsibilities*
Interns will be required to participate heavily in field-based activities,
which are sometimes characterized by long hours and potentially arduous
conditions. Field research will
include SAV restoration and monitoring, oyster reef restoration and
monitoring, and habitat connectivity.  For more information regarding
current projects, please check the Marine Ecology Lab website at <>.

Interns will be involved in sample collection and processing and will
receive training in sampling techniques (benthic flora and fauna sampling,
fisheries sampling, water column sampling, and seagrass monitoring
techniques), fish and invertebrate identification,
and analytical methods (chlorophyll analysis and nutrient analysis).
There may also be opportunities to learn other techniques from other
laboratories at DISL.

We are seeking people who are committed and enthusiastic about marine
science and may be considering marine ecology as a career. This job
requires long days of physically demanding field work and long hours
sorting samples in the lab. Experience (although not necessary), as well as
enthusiasm about marine research, are important aspects of a
rewarding internship. This is a great opportunity for hands-on training in
the field and laboratory.

 A monthly stipend of $1400 is provided.

Undergraduate juniors and seniors (at time of application) enrolled in
marine programs or with marine experience are preferred. Recent graduates
(<1 year post graduate) are also welcome to apply. This internship is
available to U.S. residents and those international students who already
have the proper documentation to work in the U.S. Please contact Dottie
Byron if you have any questions regarding your eligibility.

*Application Requirements*
1) Fill out Internship application accessed at:
and provide contact information for 2 references.

NSF REU at Florida International in coral reef ecology

posted Mar 6, 2014, 6:32 PM by Erin Burge   [ updated Mar 6, 2014, 6:32 PM ]

We seek a highly motivated undergraduate to fill a National Science Foundation, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position in coral reef ecology at Florida International University. The successful applicant will work with Drs. Deron Burkepile ( and Rebecca Vega Thurber ( ) focusing on the role of corallivorous fishes, parrotfishes and butterflyfishes, as vectors of potentially pathogenic microbes and as agents of change for the coral microbiome. This position is for an undergraduate student interested in pursuing a career or graduate studies in Marine Sciences. The successful candidate will live and work on Key Largo in the Florida Keys and gain basic field and laboratory research skills in coral reef ecology and microbiology. The primary responsibility of the student will be to conduct experiments on how corallivores impact coral health and growth and potentially vector microbes to corals via predation. There will be ample opportunities to participate in other projects studying herbivore foraging behavior, coral recruitment, and nutrient dynamics on coral reefs. Eligibility: Undergraduates in their junior and senior years with interests in biology, microbiology, and environmental sciences are invited to apply. Students cannot have graduated at the time of the fellowship. Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and its possessions. Minorities and underrepresented students are especially encouraged to apply. Qualifications: Applicants should have a classroom/laboratory background in ecology and marine biology. Experience working on coral reefs and/or with microbiological techniques is preferred. Applicants MUST be certified SCUBA divers with at least 20 logged dives. Certification with the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) is necessary before fieldwork begins. This REU position runs June 1-August 15, 2014, but dates can be flexible. A stipend of $5,500 will be provided to the student for the 12-week full-time program. In addition, the student will be provided housing at no cost. Students from outside of the South Florida area also may apply for travel funds assistance. This position is funded by the National Science Foundation Biological Oceanography Program. Application Procedures: Applicants will need to submit: 1) Cover letter stating background and interest in the position; 2) CV (resume); 3) College transcripts of all completed work (unofficial transcript is fine); 4) A statement of career goals and research interests; and 5) Evidence of SCUBA diving and/or AAUS certification. Please submit as a single PDF file to Dr. Deron Burkepile via email at <>. In addition, have two letters of reference sent directly to Dr. Burkepile from your letter writers. Please direct any questions to Dr. Burkepile via email. Application deadline is March 31, 2014.

E-course to improve MSCI grad job app skills

posted Mar 5, 2014, 9:33 AM by Erin Burge   [ updated Mar 5, 2014, 11:53 AM ]

The Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center (MCERC) is offering a distance learning course aimed at helping undergraduates and recent graduates of marine biology, marine science, ecology programs preparing to apply for internships, employment, or graduate school. This program has been developed in response to many of our marine biology students requesting a day of their field intensive courses be dedicated to creating effective communication via CVs, letter of interest, and email correspondence to potential employers and future graduate advisers.

CV Preparation for Marine Biologists, marine scientists, and Marine Ecologists 
Geared towards undergraduates and recent graduates of marine biology/marine science 

A distance learning program

participate in a live classroom from your location
prerequisites include a working computer with MS Word and reliable internet access 
8 hours of instruction: one 4 hour block each week for two weeks 
Classes limited to 10 students per session 
Preparation of an effective curriculum vitae and letter of interest 
Tips on how to introduce and market yourself through email to perspective employers and potential graduate advisers 

Session 1: (2 Saturdays) April 26 and May 03, 2014 8:00am -12:00pm CST 
Session 2: (2 Saturdays) April 26 and May 03, 2014 1:00pm -5:00pm CST 
Session 3: (2 Sundays) April 27 and May 04, 2014 8:00am -12:00pm CST 
Session 4: (2 Sundays) April 27 and May 04, 2014 1:00pm -5:00pm CST 
Session 5: (2 Wednesdays) April 30 and May 07, 2014 6:00pm -10:00pm 

CST Program fee: $100.00USD (MCERC program alumni receive a 10% discount!) 

Please email,, with questions or visit our website for more information

REEF Marine Conservation Internship

posted Feb 4, 2014, 9:11 AM by Erin Burge

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) in Key Largo, FL is now accepting applications for the Summer 2014 Marine Conservation Internship. 

ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP: REEF’s Marine Conservation Internship provides an in-depth look into REEF's Volunteer Fish Survey Project and Invasive Lionfish Program. Geared towards college-age individuals, the internship provides an array of diverse experiences including scientific diving, outreach and education, data collection and management, non-profit operations, and public speaking. During the four-month long internship, you will have many opportunities to dive and volunteer with partner organizations in the Florida Keys and South Florida. 

Visit to learn more and apply. 

- Exposure to numerous non-profit educational and environmental organizations 
- Experience in Florida and Caribbean fish identification 
- Opportunity to become a member of REEF’s Advanced Assessment Team 
- Practical field experience in monitoring protocols, procedures, and data management 
- Opportunities to teach others about the marine environment 
- Making a lasting difference as a valuable member of the REEF team 
- Hands-on experience with diverse tasks and responsibilities for important projects 
- Network with key figures in marine science, SCUBA diving, underwater photography, and conservation 
- Plentiful opportunities to dive 
- College credit, if appropriate 
- Letters of recommendation provided upon successful completion of the internship 
- Dive training certifications from local dive shops and instructors, where applicable
 - Make long lasting friendships with like-minded individuals 
- Live in the beautiful, sunny Florida Keys, where the ocean is your backyard! 

Application deadline is February 23, 2014. CONTACT: Martha Klitzkie General Manager Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) 305-852-0030 phone 305-852-0301 fax

Rutgers field course in tropical ecology

posted Feb 4, 2014, 9:08 AM by Erin Burge   [ updated Feb 4, 2014, 9:09 AM ]

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute and Rutgers University are opening enrollment for their Coral Reef Internship in Tropical Marine Conservation in Little Cayman, Cayman Islands. The program is aimed at undergraduate students who want to develop their marine fieldwork skills on pristine coral reef ecosystems. 

Participants will gain experience in: 
- Caribbean species identification of coral, fish, algae, and invertebrates 
- Lionfish dissection and measurement, and experience with community management efforts 
- Water quality sampling and analysis 
- Independent research project development 
- Scuba diving (if certified prior to program) 

The Cayman Islands are famed for their exceptional wall diving and visibility, but the reefs on Little Cayman are particularly untouched – over half of the coastline is protected, and a small yet invested population results in low environmental impact and high commitment to conservation. Students will live at the Little Cayman Research Centre, where they will work with researchers on projects relating to lionfish invasion, effects of climate change on coral reefs, and reef monitoring. Lectures on coral reef ecology, management, and global environmental challenges will be integrated with field activities. Participants will also develop their own research topic, and are encouraged to continue this as part of a thesis or further study. Scuba certification is suggested, but not mandatory. The project offers 4 transferable credits through Rutgers University. The program runs from June 14th to July 2nd, and applications are due by March 1st. 

For more information, please visit the Rutgers website below, or view the program flyer. Please contact Tom Quigley, Education and Programme Coordinator for CCMI, with any questions at

MOTE Marine Lab REU Program

posted Feb 4, 2014, 8:58 AM by Erin Burge   [ updated Feb 4, 2014, 8:58 AM ]


Each summer, Mote Marine Laboratory hosts a 10-week program focused on providing research experiences in estuarine science to 10 advanced undergraduate students. Students are paired with Mote scientists and develop and complete an independent research project related to their mentor's research interests. Students gain experience in science communication by presenting the results of their independent projects in a manuscript-style research paper and orally at a laboratory-wide poster session. Students attend research seminars and workshops on career skills in science and also have the opportunity to present their research findings at professional conferences.

Information about 2014 REU mentors and their programs, as well as the application procedures, are now posted on the REU web site:

**All application materials are due on February 15, 2014**

We are providing a link to the one-page program announcement if you would like to post a printed copy of this announcement within your department: In addition, please feel free to forward this message to science faculty and students at your institution. Thank you for your continued support.


Krystle N. Harvey
College Intern Coordinator
Mote Marine Laboratory
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 388-4441 x269
Cell: 302-8755
Fax: 388-4007 

Grenadines Coastal & Marine Conservation Intern

posted Feb 4, 2014, 8:53 AM by Erin Burge   [ updated Feb 4, 2014, 8:56 AM ]

*Position:* Coastal & Marine Conservation Intern 
*Type:* self-supported internship (see "Intern Benefits", below) 
*Organization:* Sustainable Grenadines Inc. 
*Location:* Union Island (south Grenadines), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Sustainble Grenadines Inc. (SusGren) is an environmental NGO committed to the conservation of the coastal and marine environment and sustainable livelihoods for the people in the Grenadine Islands between Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. SusGren operates based out of an office on Union Island, but work extends across the Grenadines Islands (eastern Caribbean). SusGren manages a diverse portfolio of coastal and marine resource related projects; current projects address issues such as sustainable fisheries practices, alternative livelihood opportunities, coastal restoration, biophysical monitoring, and community education/public outreach. SusGren is currently seeking individuals interested in self-supported internships. These internships provide excellent opportunity for professional development, and are best suited for individuals who are self-motivated, possess excellent leadership skills, and who can adapt to an unpredictable work environment. 

SusGren has a small core staff and engages in a diverse range of projects, meaning that your responsibilities will also be highly varied. Generally speaking, interns will assist in project implementation; this includes (but is by no means limited to) report writing, organizing workshops/events/meetings, conducting field work, developing communications and outreach materials, delivering outreach and educational programs, assisting with biophysical monitoring, etc. SusGren staff will work with potential interns to help define their role based on their current skills, and to ensure that their professional development needs can be met. 

*Desired Skills & Qualifications* 
- Minimum undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, or current student 
- A general understanding of local and regional environmental issues 
- An ability to complete work with limited supervision 
- Basic computer software skills 
- Excellent written and oral communication skills 
- Available for minimum 2 month commitment (longer terms are preferable) 
- A sense of humour 

*Additional Attributes* 
If you possess a special skill set (e.g. GIS experience, public communications, environmental education, grant writing, web design, SCUBA dive training, etc.) we encourage you to identify this in your application. When possible we will work to match these skills to address organizational needs. 

*Intern Benefits* 
Please note that this is a self-supported internship position. There are no program fees attached, but interns will need to pay for rent, groceries, etc., while living on Union Island. Interns are also responsible for the cost of travel to Union Island. In the case that interns identify possible sources of funding (grants, scholarships, co-ops, etc.), we will work to support individuals in securing these funds. 
For current students - if there is an opportunity for you to earn academic credit through a directed studies or similar type of course, we are willing to fit the internship to meet your needs. Interns will be exposed to all aspects of working at a small eNGO. They will have the opportunity to gain both project management and field experience, and develop a variety of skills that are directly transferable when seeking future employment in this field. When possible SusGren will provide interns with the opportunity for financially supported work-related travel throughout the Grenadine Islands. SusGren works closely with organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, The Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, Birds Caribbean, providing excellent professional networking opportunities. Working with SusGren provides the opportunity to have a direct impact on community members across the Grenadines, and to facilitate progress towards more environmentally sustainble practices in the region. The opportunity to live and work on a Caribbean island. Union is a small, friendly island, which belongs to the stunning group of Grenadines Islands. Interns have the opportunity to become immersed in the local community, and take advantage of the many recreational opportunities available (snorkelling, SCUBA diving, kite-surfing, hiking, etc.). Union is only a short boat ride away from the Tobago Cays Marine Park (, who we work with closely. 

*To Apply* 
Please send a cover letter and current resume/CV to Katie McLean at ** 
In your cover letter please include 
(1) what you are hoping to gain from an internship position, 
(2) any specific skills that you think would be a major asset, 
(3) your availability. 

Questions? Don't hesitate to ask. E-mail Katie at *

Coral Restoration Foundation internship

posted Feb 4, 2014, 8:48 AM by Erin Burge   [ updated Feb 4, 2014, 8:49 AM ]
Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) is now accepting applications for the Summer 2014 semester. The deadline to apply is February 21st. To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, at least one letter of recommendation, and list of three references to Kayla Ripple at

CRF is a 501 c (3) non-profit organization headquartered in Key Largo, Florida. Our mission is to develop affordable, effective strategies for protecting and restoring coral reefs and to train and empower others to implement those strategies in their coastal communities, restoring and preserving these aquatic treasures for future generations. 

CRF is located in Key Largo, Florida. Intern positions generally last 3-4 months and are full-time, unpaid 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 coral nurseries, outplanting corals to designated restoration sites throughout the Upper Keys, and leading fellow divers participating in our dive programs. 

- 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 

Reef Relief 2014

posted Jan 28, 2014, 11:32 AM by Erin Burge   [ updated Jan 28, 2014, 11:36 AM ]
*Internship with Reef Relief* 
*Summer 2014 Internships: Now accepting applications* 
*Start and end dates are flexible. These are unpaid internships.* 
*No housing is provided.
* Events, marketing, education and marine projects: Interns selected will help to organize and staff events, promote Reef Relief and its programs, present classroom lessons on marine science and work on marine field projects as needed. This internship is a great opportunity to gain hands on experience in marine education and conservation as well as marketing, and event planning. Reef Relief is a non-profit organization so all internships are unpaid and housing is not provided. Applicants must have a degree in marine science, or education or be actively seeking one. SCUBA certification required or ability to obtain certification once in Key West. You will become familiar with the following program areas: - Environmental education - Operation of Reef Relief's environment center - Field work in marine conservation - Planning, organizing special events and marketing, fundraising To apply please send a letter with your interest in the internship and a resume to *Email us <>* for more information.

Coral reef monitoring volunteers Mexican Caribbean

posted Jan 18, 2014, 7:44 AM by Erin Burge   [ updated Jan 18, 2014, 7:44 AM ]

The Ecological Center of Akumal (CEA) is now accepting volunteers for our Coral Reef Monitoring Program. Akumal is located in the Mexican Caribbean, on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and the program brings a great opportunity for students who are looking for field experience in reef ecology and biodiversity conservation. CEA as a non-profit organization was founded in 1993. 

Our mission is to help create a model for sustainable tourism development in the Mexican Caribbean through research, education and outreach. The main goal of CEA’s Reef Monitoring subprogram is to collect comprehensive data on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in the region of Akumal. 

We run four monitoring phases per year. Therefore we ask the volunteers a commitment of 3 months with will include the following steps: 
- theoretical background on the biology and ecology of the Mesoamerican Reef System, 
- training in benthic, fish and diseases identification following AGRRA ( and SAM ( methodologies, 
- the monitoring of Akumal Reef on scuba 
- and the analysis of the data recovered. 

Data from monitoring will be use to assess the reef health status and will help us to continue building a historical record of the anthropogenic impact on the bay. Volunteers can expect to gain a vast amount of experience on their water skills and on statistical analysis with ecological purposes, and they will be an active part of every activity from the Coastal Ecosystem Program and CEA. Undergrad thesis and researching stays are also welcome. We expect our volunteers to be at least Open Water Divers by the time the training starts, however the Dive Centers of Akumal offer good deals for them to get licensed. Our next phase will start in March and last until June 2014. 

Interested applicants please contact us at / +52 984 875 9095
M. en C. Elisa López García Volunteer coordinator Coastal Ecosystems Program Centro Ecológico Akumal Tel: +52 (984) 875 9095

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