The Shaw Institute is seeking to fill a Marine Research Internship position for the 2021 field season. This is a full-time position requiring a 6-month commitment from June through mid-December.
NOTE: COVID-19 Requirements:
All intern applicants must provide proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 prior to arrival. Additionally, candidates must be willing to comply with COVID safety protocols in the office, laboratory, and work vehicles including wearing masks, social distancing, and regular disinfecting.
The Marine Research Intern will assist the Shaw Institute research staff with the implementation of research projects in the mid-coast Maine region. Primary responsibilities will include field sampling and processing in the laboratory, field collection of data from boat and land, microplastics identification, maintaining a contamination-free laboratory, data entry and basic data analysis. The candidate will possess a serious attention to detail and be highly organized. The candidate will be responsible for long-term research and maintaining order in a laboratory with high sample throughput.
• Perform visual microscopy to identify phytoplankton and microplastics
• Safely operate and maintain all field and lab equipment and perform calibrations
• Perform laboratory assays following established standard operating procedures and protocols
• Maintain proper cleaning and safety procedures in the lab and while collecting data on research vessel trips
• Assist with data entry and updating of laboratory records, logs, and inventories
• Prepare summaries, reports, fact sheets, and assist with community outreach
• Conduct literature searches, develop background information for projects
• Communicate and promote the Shaw Institute’s research and mission to the public
• Give a final report/presentation to staff about your experience at the end of your internship
• Assist with other duties relating to the organization's goals and mission
• Full compliance with Shaw Institute’s COVID-19 requirements (see above)
• A BA or BS degree in ecotoxicology, environmental health sciences, coastal ecology, marine sciences, public health or a related major
• Some field and laboratory experience and a basic knowledge of statistics and database management are required
• Familiarity with environmental sampling and water quality monitoring methods. Applicants must be able to work outside in a variety of environmental conditions
• Available to work occasional nights and weekends as needed. Attention to detail and the ability to work independently and as a team are a must
• Knowledge of computer software including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel required. Proficiency in graphics, ArcGIS, and statistical software (STATA, R) is desirable
• Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. Only US citizens or lawful permanent residents should apply
• Position requires some physical activity and applicant should be able to lift up to 40 lbs.
• First Aid/CPR/Boat Safety certifications preferred but not required
• Experience with microscopes and/or trailering small boats preferred
June – mid-December (exact start and end dates TBD) Full-time (40 hours/week); additional hours to be agreed upon by employee and Supervisor.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a cover letter outlining your experience and career objectives, along with your Resume/CV and contact information for three references to:
Heather Richard, Research Projects Coordinator, at email@example.com
Indicate “Marine Research Internship, NAME” in the subject line of your email.
No phone calls, please.
PO Box 1652, 55 Main Street Blue Hill, ME 04614
Shaw Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer