Marine Science-University & Research Intern-Virginia

Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Wallops Island, VA
Job Category
$250 / free room and board
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Gain valuable hands-on experience at a marine science field station while gaining knowledge in environmental education and sustainability, and building your leadership skills. University & Research (U&R) Interns are immersed in the daily operations of the Chincoteague Bay Field Station, conduct research, assist in conservation projects, and develop leadership skills as they support college students as resident advisors. Internships occur during our four summer sessions, beginning two weeks prior to and ending the week after the summer sessions. The intern will work three out of the four sessions and may attend a course during their session off. Dates of employment: May 6 - August 13, 2019 Duties U&R Interns will be immersed with the U&R program staff in all aspects of the summer U&R program including equipment and lab maintenance, assisting with classes, and leading and supporting the college community. Duties of UR Interns are split into three categories: Research, Programs, and Residential. Research and Conservation (approximately 8 hours/week) o Conduct field based research (projects based on Field Station needs) o Assist in ongoing conservation projects and collaborate with professionals in the field o Report on their research during the final session of the summer to staff, students, and faculty Programs (approximately 16 hr/week) o Establish and maintain aquaria, water quality, and locally collected organisms o Prepare and maintain lab and field equipment o Maintain and prepare labs for faculty and summer programs o Assist in the field with summer courses when needed o Assist with office tasks Residential (approximately 16 hr/week) o Create a welcoming atmosphere for all students o Assist with check-in and check-out procedures o Enforce rules and assist students with residential issues o Develop and lead recreation activities o Act in a role similar to residential assistant on university campuses o Be on call 2 or 3 nights per week to assist with student needs (does not accrue towards internship hours unless called into action) o Be flexible and professional in all situations
Desired Qualifications: oMust have a minimum of 60 college credits or be a recent graduate oAbility to work independently oEnjoy working with peers and being a leader oResponsible and able to be a role model to peers oInterest in fieldwork, field equipment, and aquaria oMust be able to lift at least 50 lbs oAbility to actively seek guidance and learn from mentors (staff, administrators, educators and peers) oPrevious experience at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station valued but not required oComputer skills (Microsoft Office, database management, etc.) oExperience with or desire to learn water quality management, animal husbandry, and standards for maintenance of aquaria. Terms of service o Interns will work approximately 40 hours a week(approximately 400 hours total) during three of the four summer sessions oHousing will be provided as a shared suite in Salicornia Hall oMeals in the cafeteria will be complementary when the cafeteria is open oStipend of $250 for the summer oWilling to work evenings and weekends oReport daily to U&R Coordinator or Assistant Coordinator Application Procedure: Fill out the U&R Intern application form on our website (, including contact information for two references and adviser, as well as electronic attachment of cover letter, resume and transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).
Contact Person
Sarah Bartle - University & Research Coordinator
Contact Phone
(757)824-5636 ext. 105
Contact eMail
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