Marine Water Quality

2023 Summer Internship in Marine Water Quality at the Darling Marine Center

Purpose: Primary responsibilities of this summer 2023 internship are to assist with laboratory operations, sample analysis, data compilation, and field sampling to evaluate estuarine and coastal water quality. Opportunities to participate in diving and instrumentation servicing are also available, but not required. The position is based at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, with some travel to sampling sites throughout Maine.

Work schedule: Full time with a minimum of 10 weeks between May 22, 2023 and August 25th, 2023. This internship can fulfill the University of Maine’s capstone requirement (SMS 400) and can also be extended to Fall 2023 for Semester-by-the-Sea students. General work hours will be from 9 am to 5 pm, but occasionally longer hours may be required, not to exceed 40 hours per week.

Work environment: This position requires some field work which may include sampling in inclement weather and outside of traditional working hours, with limited overnight travel possible. Sampling from vessels of various sizes (20 – 50ft) is required. Position will require work with laboratory chemicals and complex instrumentation. Some data compilation and processing required.

Qualifications and requirements: Previous laboratory experience is preferred but not required. Ability to follow strict safety guidelines and detailed protocols required. Interns who demonstrate appropriate initiative and the ability to operate independently are preferred.

Expectations and responsibilities: In addition to the responsibilities outlined above, students must participate in Conflicts of Interest, Data Integrity, and the UMS annual basic safety training.  

As the Intern you will be expected to exhibit conscientious, ethical, and professional behavior at all times when interacting with students, university personnel, and laboratory clients.  You will follow the guidance of your supervisor in certain situations, but you must also be self-motivated and learn to assist co-workers by anticipating/communicating what needs to be done instead of waiting for instructions.

General Characteristics

  • High-quality organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Positive and professional attitude
  • Motivated, independent worker
  • Ability to adapt to changing work schedules and environments


  • Financial: The intern will be compensated $15.00/hour and be expected to work full-time during the 10 weeks.
  • Housing: On-campus housing may be available but is not guaranteed. If housing is available, half the cost of DMC housing (which totals $196/week) will be covered by the employer (i.e., $98/week).

To apply:  Applicants should submit a letter of intent and professional resume/vitae to Kathleen Thornton, Applications will be reviewed and potential candidates will be chosen; phone or personal interviews will be scheduled as necessary.  Applications are accepted no later than March 31, 2023.