ABPRI offers on-site and off-site internship programs, as well as frequent volunteer opportunities. We love being able to connect people with a passion for wildlife with opportunities to engage with the Preserve.
ABPRI is one of the few facilities in North-central Florida that works with both captive animals as well as wildlife. We are happy to be able to offer our interns and volunteers the option of participating in important wildlife research. Past interns have helped researchers monitor gopher tortoise burrows, conduct wildlife observations, and collect and check wildlife trail cameras, as well as other activities.
We offer both three- and six-month internships. On-site interns are required to commit to 30 – 35 hours of work per week for the Preserve. Off-site interns are required to commit to 10 – 20 hours a week (depending on length of the internship). Off-site interns must volunteer at least one day a week for at least five months to qualify for an letter of recommendation. Interns are required to complete two quizzes and a final test during their internship. Both quizzes occur during the middle of the internship, and the test is given at the end of their internship. Interns also complete a project and present it at the end of their internship.
Although we have daily procedures and routines at the Preserve, the day-to-day tasks of the intern/volunteer vary depending on weather, season, Preserve projects, and research work going on around the property. Interns can expect to participate in activities such as captive tortoise care (cleaning barns and wallows, feeding tortoises, socializing tortoises, observations, cementing wallows, painting signs, making bird/bat houses, soaking & enriching tortoises, etc).