Estuarine Ecology Internship

The University of Maine Darling Marine Center is seeking an undergraduate intern to contribute to a marine conservation science project that integrates ecology, education, and community engagement. The successful candidate will work closely with UMaine Darling Center scientists and teachers and students from Lincoln Academy in Newcastle, ME. This internship is for 5 weeks (June 7 to July 9, 2021), and will be based at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine. 

During the 5-week research experience, the intern will contribute to testing and drafting a handbook of integrated social-ecological monitoring methods. These methods will serve as the foundation for an integrated community-led monitoring and educational program in the Damariscotta River Estuary. The intern will also have the opportunity to mentor and collaborate with local high school students. Participation in DMC-based professional development opportunities, including the 2021 SEA Fellows Summer Science Symposium in August, is strongly encouraged. Additional opportunities to hone skills in oral and written communication and community engagement are possible. A stipend of $500 per week will be provided.  Note: The intern will need to be within driving distance or live near the Darling Marine Center as summer housing is not available this year.

This internship could fulfill the University’s capstone requirement (SMS 400) and also is a great complement to Semester-by-the-Sea courses offered through the DMC in Summer and Fall 2021. Contact Prof. Leslie for more information. 

Requirements: This position will include physically demanding activities and outdoor fieldwork. Competitive candidates must be self-motivated and demonstrate willingness to contribute to monitoring and education in coastal marine ecosystems. This position will also include engaging with high school students and other community members; strong communication skills and an interest in mentoring younger students is essential. Competitive candidates will have completed the equivalent of two years of college study in a natural or social sciences field relevant to the project and be capable of working independently, as well as in a team. Access to local housing and a personal vehicle are necessary for this position. 

Applications will be reviewed beginning March 10, 2021. To apply, please send a cover letter and 2-page resume with three references to Sarah Risley (, with ‘DMC Monitoring and Education Internship’ in the subject line.

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