scromwell at meriresearch.org
Wed Jan 14 08:26:34 PST 2009
Please post the following internship offering on your website.
The Marine Environmental Research Institute (MERI), a nonprofit organization
based in Blue Hill, Maine, is recruiting to fill a Watershed Research
Internship position for the field season 2009. This is a full-time position
requiring a commitment from early April through October.
MERI is a scientific research and education organization dedicated to
understanding the impacts of environmental pollutants on wildlife and human
health, and to interpreting this information to a broad audience. Current
projects include a watershed monitoring initiative, phytoplankton (red tide)
monitoring, and a long-term eco-toxicological investigation of northwestern
Atlantic harbor seals.
This is an excellent opportunity for an individual working toward a career
in marine or freshwater ecology, environmental and natural sciences, or
chemistry to gain practical experience in the field and in the lab. The
ideal candidate will possess a personal interest in environmental monitoring
and a commitment to the mission of the organization.
Primary Job Responsibility:
This position will involve assisting the Research Department with the
implementation of the Blue Hill Bay Watershed Monitoring Project. Primary
responsibilities will include water quality sampling at fresh and marine
water sites, water chemistry analysis in the field and in the lab, data
entry and analysis. Additional duties may include assisting with
phytoplankton monitoring and research dissemination/outreach activities.
* Conduct in-situ water quality monitoring using a DataSonde multi
probe and sample collection at marine and freshwater sites throughout the
Blue Hill Bay Watershed
* Perform lab chemistries and bacterial culture preparation and
analysis following established standard operating procedures and quality
* Assist with data entry in the field and in the lab and updating of
laboratory records and logs
* Assist with preparation of result summaries, reports, fact sheets
and Power Point presentations
* Articulate and promote the MERI mission to the public
* Perform other duties relating to the organization's goals and
mission as required
Reports to: Watershed Project Coordinator and Research Staff
Applicants should possess a BA or BS degree in ecology, environmental
sciences, marine sciences, chemistry or a related major (Juniors and Seniors
may also apply). Field and laboratory experience, good writing skills and a
basic knowledge of statistics is required. Experience with
spectrophotometers and multi-parameter probes, knowledge of habitat
assessment techniques and familiarity with environmental sampling and
monitoring methods is preferred. Applicants must also be able to work
outside in a variety of environmental conditions, be comfortable working on
a marine research vessel and be available to work occasional nights,
weekends, and holidays as needed.
Knowledge of computer software including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and
Excel required; photography, ArcGIS, statistics (SPSS), and graphics
experience is desirable but not necessary. Applicant must possess a valid
driver's license and a good driving record.
Time Requirements: April 20th - October 30th. Full-time (40 hours/week);
additional hours to be agreed upon by employee and Director.
Stipend and housing in Blue Hill. Housing is located within walking
distance to Marine Environmental Research Institute.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit by e-mail
or mail a current CV and three references to: scromwell at meriresearch.org
Marine Environmental Research Institute (MERI)
PO Box 1652, 55 Main Street
Blue Hill, ME 04616
Tel: (207) 374-2135 Fax: (207) 374-2931
MERI is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Watershed Project Coordinator
Marine Environmental Research Institute
55 Main Street, PO Box 1652
Blue Hill, ME 04614
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