The Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA) offers year-round internships with our education team open to high school students, college students and recent college graduates who are looking to gain ‘real world’ education and outreach experiences. Interns will work at ORCA’s facility in Fort Pierce, local schools and outside at ORCA’s native plant nursery. ORCA Education Interns will become more comfortable and confident teachers/presenters, gain curriculum development experience, and make valuable professional contacts for future scientific and/or educational endeavors.

ORCA Education Internship Applications are excepted on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified of their application status within a month of submitting their application. All ORCA internships are unpaid and do not provide housing.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with Living Lagoon partner school visits
  • Assisting with summer camps for high school students
  • Developing Indian River Lagoon conservation activities
  • Overseeing education and outreach activities and programming
  • Cleaning and organizing education spaces
  • Media editing (videos, photos, etc...)
  • Enhancing ORCA's Kilroy Academy website- an online STEAM resource for students grades 9-12 (www.kilroyacademy.org)

Additional objectives can be developed based on intern's personal interests, strengths and/or experience.


  • Strong communication skills
  • Basic understanding of Word and Excel
  • Must be enthusiastic, outgoing and reliable
  • Flexibility and ability to work individually as well as in a team
  • Must be comfortable working outdoors despite extremely sunny, hot or rainy conditions and be physically capable of walking several miles and lifting up to 50lbs
  • Comfort working aboard motor vessels is a plus


No prior education experience is required. Coursework in education, marine science, biology, environmental science, or related course of study strongly encouraged. All Interns will receive thorough training in Indian River Lagoon conservation topics, the work of Ocean Research & Conservation Association and media editing.


  • Work a minimum of 8 hours per week. The work schedule is flexible, but should remain consistent over the course of the Internship and must occur during normal business hours.
  • On-site interview is preferred prior to internship offer, but other accommodations can be made available (skype, over the phone, etc.)
  • Strong interest in working with children, and an interest in environmental science and/or marine science
  • Must undergo a background check
  • Prompt arrival for shifts

CPR, First Aid, and Lifeguard certifications are preferred but not required.


  • There will be two evaluations, one midway through the internship and one upon completion. These evaluations are conducted by the intern's mentor and are designed to provide feedback on job performance to ensure the intern understands which areas their performance is meeting or exceeding employer standards, and which areas they need to work harder or make adjustments.


*Applications for education internships are accepted on a rolling basis, but please contact volunteer@teamorca.org if you are seeking an internship for a specific time period. These internships will be given on an as needed basis.

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