Estuarine Ecology Internship

The University of Maine Darling Marine Center is seeking an undergraduate intern to contribute to an engaged research project that integrates ecology, education, and ecosystem-based management. This internship is for 10 weeks (early June-early August 2022) and will be based at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine.

The intern will contribute to an integrated community-led monitoring and educational program in the Damariscotta River Estuary. They also will mentor and collaborate with local high school students. Participation in DMC-based professional development opportunities, including the 2022 SEA Fellows program, is strongly encouraged. Additional opportunities to hone skills in oral and written communication and community engagement are possible.

The intern will be compensated $15/hour and be expected to work full-time during the 10 weeks. For UMaine students, this internship could fulfill the University’s capstone requirement (SMS 400) and also is a great complement to Semester-by-the-Sea courses in Fall 2022. Contact Prof. Heather Leslie at for more information about how this internship could contribute to your degree requirements.

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. A personal vehicle is necessary for this position.

Note: On-campus housing may be available but is not guaranteed. Candidates with off-campus housing options within 40 minutes of the DMC are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applications will be reviewed beginning February 15, 2022. To apply, please send a cover letter and 2-page resume with three references to Sarah Risley (, with ‘DMC Undergrad Monitoring and Education Internship’ in the subject line.


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