[MARMAM] internship postings

Meggan Dwyer mdwyer at meriresearch.org
Tue Jan 17 10:41:25 PST 2012


*Blue Hill Bay Coastal Monitoring Intern 2012*

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 marine ecology and 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
   instruments
   - 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
   - Help run the volunteer water quality monitoring program
   - Assist with preparation of result summaries, reports, fact sheets and
   presentations
   - 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

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

*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.

* *

*Qualifications**

***

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 methods and statistics 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, walk carrying fragile equipment on uneven ground.

*To Apply:
*If you are interested in applying for this position, please state where
you found the internship posting and submit a cover letter, resume, three
references with the subject line “Coastal Monitoring Internship” by April 1
st 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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