Sea Turtle Educational Programs for School Groups
For educational institutions looking to provide their students a hands-on, feet-wet field based marine science experience we offer completely customizable programs throughout the year. Make your next field trip one that no student will forget!
Intern at Karen Beasley Sea Turtle & Rehabilitation Center
An internship offers students the opportunity to work hands on with endangered and threatened sea turtles.
Summer Internships are a minimum of twelve weeks. Housing is provided for the twelve week program.
Work at the center includes:
- Preparation and distribution of food
- Cleaning tanks
- Working with the water system
- Involvement in medical procedures and the administration of some medications
- Introducing the public to sea turtles and the goals of the hospital, during afternoon visiting hours
Life as an Intern at our Sea Turtle Center
The work schedule for interns is 5 1/2 days per week, with Wednesday afternoon and Sunday free.
A daily schedule always includes morning food and vitamin preparation, and feeding of all sea turtles in residence. Feeding is followed by cleaning the tanks and providing care to the individual sea turtles as needed. This might involve medical procedures, special feeding elements and medication administration.Five days per week the center is open to visitors, four hours in the afternoon.
During this time interns have the opportunity to introduce our visitors to the sea turtles in residence, explain the injuries and ailments, and the background and operation of the center.
Some days will also include beach survey work early in the morning, locating and identifying sea turtle tracks, and the relocation of nests when necessary. Some nights will include searching for nesting females and nest sitting in anticipation of a nest emergence, and post hatch nest data collection.