NOTICE: In response to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, STR’s Board of Directors has placed Sea Turtle Recovery under an “Emergency Operations” declaration. During this time, patient care is our priority.


UPDATE: We are working toward returning to normal operations. Fundraising events are being scheduled. Please check the Events page for updates. We are also  opening a limited number of Internship opportunities. Volunteer opportunities and Education programs are still suspended and are not accepting invitations or applications at this time.


This is a difficult time for all of us. STR is hoping that you may be able to consider a donation to help during this hard time. We thank you for your continued support. Please stay well!

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Internship Opportunities


The 2021 Summer Internship application process is open from April 9th to May 1st.
Please read all requirements thoroughly before applying. 



For 2021 interns, please submit your cover letter and resume anytime before May 2nd following the instructions below. The selection will be narrowed based solely on the cover letter and resume.   Final selection will be based on a possible follow-up interview the second week of May.

Certain physical demands must be met by an intern to successfully perform the essential functions of this internship. While performing the duties of this internship, the intern is regularly required to sit, stand or walk for extended periods; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The Intern is frequently required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The intern must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this internship include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. You must be a recent college graduate or currently enrolled in college and have at least three 7 hour days per week available to work at the hospital. You must be willing to work a majority of weekends and have a valid driver’s license. You must complete a sea turtle project during the internship.


Internships are unpaid and Interns are responsible for their own room, board and transportation. 


Interns will be assisting the staff with daily operations at the hospital.Animal care duties will include general cleaning, disinfecting of tanks, cleaning equipment, diet preparation (handling raw seafood), record keeping, facility maintenance, water quality testing, and other tasks as assigned.


Education and retail sales will be approximately 70% of the internship. Responsibilities may include assisting with environmental education programs, presenting on-site programs, assisting with festivals, and more. Interns will give public presentations to zoo visitors in Sea Turtle Recovery’s public space to educate them about Sea Turtle Recovery, sea turtles and conservation. Interns will also work a large amount of time in our gift shop booth to raise funds (retail sales) for our conservation efforts.


Other responsibilities include assisting with office duties and other tasks as assigned.


Please note that STR is committed to rehabilitation and protection of our patients; there is limited to no interaction with the sea turtles to ensure their successful release back to the wild. Approximately 70% of tasks will be in our public education area.  All applicants must submit a resume and cover letter to  You must send both documents; incomplete submissions will not be considered. Please type in the email subject line: Summer INTERNSHIP 2021. Allow at least 14 days for us to respond. Thank you for your interest in our program.