[MARMAM] Blue Hill Bay Coastal Monitoring Intern

Abby Barrows abarrows at meriresearch.org
Wed Feb 5 07:11:47 PST 2014

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 2014. This is a
full-time position requiring an 8-month commitment from May through
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, local and
international microplastic contamination research, sediment acidification
surveys 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 marine water sites,
phytoplankton monitoring and identification, laboratory bacteria analysis,
invasive species collection and identification, monitoring pinniped haul
out sites and behavior, crewing MERI's 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 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
* Help run the volunteer water quality monitoring program
* Assist with preparation of result summaries, reports, fact sheets and

* Weekly monitoring blog update
* Articulate and promote the MERI mission to the public
* Perform other duties relating to the organization's goals and mission as


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 seamanship skills are
required. Experience with 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,
ArcGIS, 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

Reports to: Coastal Monitoring Coordinator
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 state where you
found the internship posting and submit a cover letter, resume, three
references with the subject line *"Coastal Monitoring Internship"* by April
1st to:
Abby Barrows, Coastal Monitoring Coordinator at abarrows 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* <http://www.meriresearch.org/>
MERI is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Abigail Barrows
Coastal Monitoring and Outreach Coordinator
Marine Environmental Research Institute
P.O. Box 1652
Blue Hill, ME 04614
207-374-2135 ext. 24
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