HIGH SCHOOL Estuarine Ecology Internship

The University of Maine Darling Marine Center is seeking a high school intern–a rising junior, senior or recent graduate–to contribute to an engaged research project that integrates ecology, education, and ecosystem-based management. This internship is for 8 weeks (end of 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 in the Damariscotta River Estuary. The intern will learn biological field methods and help to study the Damariscotta ecosystem and its shellfish fisheries. The intern will be compensated $15/hour and be expected to work 15-25 hours per week during the 8 weeks.

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 community members; strong communication skills are essential. Competitive candidates will have completed biology, oceanography, or upper level science courses 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 February 15, 2022. To apply, please send a cover letter and 2-page resume with three references to Sarah Risley (sarah.risley1@maine.edu), with ‘DMC High School Monitoring and Education Internship’ in the subject line.


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