Interns interested in marine aquaculture assist hatchery
biologists with the propagation and rearing of red drum, spotted
seatrout, zooplankton, and phytoplankton.
Intern Richard Gelok tagging
hatchery-reared red drum
College students and recent graduates are eligible for marine
aquaculture internships at the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission's (FWC) only state-operated marine
hatchery, located at Port Manatee, where scientists conduct Stock
Enhancement Research to support native fish populations.
The Stock Enhancement Research program has developed the
technology to rear finfish such as red drum and spotted seatrout
and is currently testing the concept of rearing these species in
recirculating aquaculture systems. Interns' responsibilities
include assisting biologists and technicians with the propagation
and rearing of red drum, zooplankton, and phytoplankton, as well as
with pond and tank maintenance, fingerling and brood stock
management, water quality, feeding, sampling, harvest, and tagging.
Interns record and manage data and operate equipment such as water
quality instruments and all terrain vehicles.
In addition to these duties, interns are expected to complete an
independent research project and present a 10- to 15-minute seminar
on their work. Interns work at least 8 hours a week for 12 to 16
weeks, and their schedules must be flexible. Interns receive no pay
and must arrange their own housing.
Aquaculture experience is desired but not required. Applicants
must possess a valid U.S. Class E driver's license and be
- able to operate water quality equipment and all-terrain
- able to work independently and in a group setting, and
- literate in Microsoft Office programs.
If you are interested in applying for an internship with the
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, the following information is
- A cover letter describing area(s) of interest and the dates,
days, and hours of availability
- A résumé describing training and experience
- An unofficial copy of your academic transcript
Please send these three items as e-mail attachments to Interns@MyFWC.com.
Or mail hard copies to
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 Eighth Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5020