Internships and Volunteer Work

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 assisting with important endangered and captive animal care, as well as wildlife research. Past interns have helped researchers monitor gopher tortoise burrows, conduct wildlife observations, and collect and check wildlife trail cameras, as well as many other activities.

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We offer three- month, six-month, and one-year Internship opportunities. If you are applying for an on-site Internship, you must be willing to commit to a six month or one year Internship. 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). Interns are required to complete a final test during 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, Hanging bird houses, soaking & enriching tortoises, etc). There are various Research projects going on around the Preserve that Interns and volunteers will also be assisting with. Please Contact Chase Pirtle at if you have any questions.