Green Crab Fishery Development Summer Internship

Description: Manomet and the University of Southern Maine are seeking an undergraduate or recent graduate to assist in a green crab fishery development project at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center during the summer of 2019. The successful candidate will be involved in both field- and laboratory-based research exploring green crab population dynamics. Specifically, we will be conducting weekly intertidal and subtidal surveys, as well as observational tank studies monitoring external molt cycle indicators. The successful candidate will interact with collaborating researchers and students at the University of Southern Maine, Bowdoin College, and New Hampshire Sea Grant, as well as commercial fishing and culinary industry partners. This internship is for 12 weeks (May 27th – August 12th) and will be based at the Darling Marine Center.

The successful candidate will be co-mentored by Dr. Marissa McMahan, Senior Fisheries Scientist at Manomet, and Dr. Rachel Lasley-Rasher from the University of Southern Maine. A stipend of $175 per week will be provided, along with housing at the DMC (which is equivalent to an additional $185/week of compensation). Housing is located at the Darling Marine Center dormitory. It is strongly recommended that the intern has access to a car. Modest mileage reimbursement for use of a personal vehicle for research purposes will also be available.

Responsibilities: The intern will be responsible for aiding in field- and laboratory-based research, which will include conducting rocky intertidal quadrat surveys, subtidal trap surveys, and the setup and execution of lab-based observational studies of green crabs. The intern will also be responsible for data management and analysis.

Requirements: Eligible candidates must be enrolled as an undergraduate at the University of Maine. This position will include physically demanding activities and occasional long hours outside of the normal 8-hr workday. We seek a highly motivated candidate who is capable of working and communicating both independently and in a team. Competitive candidates will have completed the equivalent of two years of college study or training relevant to environmental and marine sciences. A high level of comfort around the water and shoreline is essential, as are strong organizational and communication skills. Competitive candidates will also have excellent computer skills and will possess a basic understanding of Microsoft Office Software.

To apply, please send a cover letter and 2 page resume with three references to Dr. Marissa McMahan at with ‘DMC Green Crab Internship’ in the title.