[MARMAM] Internship Posting

Meggan Dwyer meggan.dwyer at gmail.com
Fri Jan 7 10:05:55 PST 2011

*Blue** Hill Bay** Coastal Monitoring Intern 2011*

The Marine Environmental Research Institute (MERI), a nonprofit organization
based in Blue Hill, Maine, is recruiting to fill a Coastal Monitoring
Internship position for the field season 2011. This is a full-time position
requiring an 8 month commitment from May through December.

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 marine coastal monitoring initiative 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 coastal marine ecology, natural resource sciences, or conservation
biology to gain practical experience in the field and in the lab. The ideal
candidate will possess a personal interest in ecosystem 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 Coastal Monitoring Project*. Primary
responsibilities will include water quality sampling at fresh and marine
water sites, phytoplankton monitoring and identification, laboratory water
chemistry analysis, invasive species collection and identification,
monitoring pinniped haul out sites and behavior, crewing MERI’s green
research vessel, data entry and basic data analysis. Additional duties may
include assisting with research outreach activities.

*Job Description:   *

   - 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
   - Collect biological samples in the field and identify them in the lab
   - Prepare for each field day by calibrating and maintaining field
   - Perform lab chemistries and bacterial assays following established
   standard operating procedures and quality assurance protocols
   - Monitoring and recording pinniped haul-out sites and behavior
   - Assist with data entry, updating field logs  and lab maintenance
   - Assist with preparation of result summaries, reports, fact sheets and
   - Be responsible for the education and training of junior interns and
   students in monitoring techniques
   - Articulate and promote the MERI mission to the public
   - Perform other duties relating to the organization's goals and mission
   as required

*Reports to:** *  Monitoring Project Coordinator and Research Staff

* *



Applicants should possess a BS or MS degree in marine ecology, environmental
sciences, marine biology, conservation biology or a related major. Marine
field and laboratory experience, and basic boating skills are required.
Experience with spectrophotometers and multi-parameter probes and a
familiarity with environmental sampling and monitoring methods are
preferred. Experience identifying phytoplankton and coastal invasive species
is desirable. Applicants must also be able to work outside in a variety of
environmental conditions. They must also 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 is required; photography, statistics (SPSS), Microsoft Access, EndNote
and graphics experience is desirable. Knowledge of Gulf of Maine marine
phytoplankton species is recommended. Applicant must possess a valid
driver’s license and a good driving record. Only US citizens should apply.
Position requires some physical activity and applicant should be able to
lift up to 40 lbs.

*Time Requirements:** *May - December (Flexible start) Full-time (40
hours/week); additional hours to be agreed upon by employee and Director.

*Compensation:  *Stipend and shared housing in Blue Hill, Maine.  Housing is
within walking distance to Marine Environmental Research Institute. Interns
are responsible for all travel expenses and food.

*To Apply:
*If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a cover
letter, CV and three references, via email with the subject line Coastal
Monitoring Internship, by April 1st to:

Meggan Dwyer, Coastal Monitoring Coordinator at mdwyer at meriresearch.org* *

Please, no phone calls.

Marine Environmental Research Institute (MERI)
PO Box 1652, 55 Main Street
Blue Hill, ME 04614
Website: www.meriresearch.org

MERI is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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