[MARMAM] Media & Communications Internship - Marine & Environmental Research Institute

Johanna Barrett jbarrett at meriresearch.org
Wed Feb 8 04:54:29 PST 2017

Organization: Marine & Environmental Research Institute (MERI), Center for Environmental Studies. Location: Blue Hill, Maine; coastal village approx. three hours north of Portland and one hour south of Bar Harbor. Position: Full-time position, requiring a 6-month commitment from May/June through November/December (start date is flexible).


Overview of MERI

The Marine & Environmental Research Institute (MERI) is a nonprofit scientific organization dedicated to protecting wildlife and people from the harmful impacts of toxic chemicals. The Institute investigates the environmental causes of disease and inspires solutions to pressing environmental issues. Focus areas include: marine pollution and health of marine mammal sentinels (seals, dolphins, porpoises), microplastics in the ocean food web, and coastal monitoring in the Gulf of Maine. To learn more about our work, visit www.meriresearch.org <http://www.meriresearch.org/>.


Job Description

The Marine & Environmental Research Institute (MERI) is recruiting to fill a Media & Communications internship in May/June 2017. NOTE: This is not a field research position. This internship is an exciting opportunity for highly organized, effective communicator with excellent written and graphic communications skills to gain hands-on experience in communicating environmental science to the public. The intern will work with scientists from the Baltic, Arctic, and North Atlantic to provide graphic and video content for an international marine mammal research project. The intern will also provide communications support for the environmental lecture series and other internal and external programs. This position requires proficiency in print and electronic media, Web content management systems (CMS), video editing, and social media tools, as well as familiarity with systems support.


Internship Responsibilities

Work with communications staff and branding/graphics firm to:

Conduct graphics and content research for PowerPoint presentations and other materials to support marine mammal research and other programs.
Provide electronic and printed marketing materials, including e blasts, flyers, advertisements, factsheets, newsletters, and brochures.
Monitor media outlets and help produce internal and external communications materials to inform the public on relevant breaking news.
Update the website, contribute content, graphics and visuals, and develop video content.
Contribute to social media outreach, including blogs, Facebook posts, and YouTube/Vimeos.
Support the environmental lecture series and other in-house programs; help develop graphics for on- and offline promotional materials (flyers, fact sheets, e blasts). Manage the A/V system, record and edit audiovisual content for social media (Vimeos), PowerPoint presentations, and other applications.
Enhance and organize the image library as materials are acquired, so images are consistently labeled and made accessible to users.
Assist with projects and perform other duties as assigned by the Director.




§  Applicant should possess a BA, BS or Master’s degree in marine or environmental health sciences, environmental communications/policy, marketing; environmental journalism/ documentary film, or a related field from an accredited university.

§  A high level of computer literacy. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, database, Adobe Creative Suite, and database and literature searching platforms.

§  Demonstrated experience in print and electronic communication systems and technologies.

§  Proficiency in print and electronic media, as well as photography, video and use of social media tools.

§  Proficiency with Power Point presentations, website CMS

Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills.
Detail-oriented, able to meet deadlines, work collaboratively as part of a team, and adapt to fast-paced environment.
Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license.
Strong interest in the environment and a commitment to promoting the MERI mission.


§  Experience working in environmental health science/policy, journalism, film, or related fields
§  Photography skills a plus.
Reports to: Senior Communications Staff


Time Requirements

This position requires a 6-month commitment beginning in May/June 2017, although start and end dates are flexible. Full-time hours (40 hours/week); additional hours may be required at times to complete projects or meet deadlines. Must be able to participate in occasional evening and weekend events.


Stipend and shared housing in Blue Hill, Maine.  Housing is within walking distance to the Institute. Interns are responsible for all non-work related travel expenses and food.


To Apply:
If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a cover letter outlining your experience, career objectives, and why you are interested in an internship at MERI along with your Resume/CV and three references to:


Johanna Barrett, Executive Assistant, jbarrett at meriresearch.org <mailto:jbarrett at meriresearch.org>.  Indicate “Media and Communications Internship, NAME” in the subject line of your email.


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

Johanna Barrett
Executive Assistant
Marine & Environmental Research Institute
55 Main St, Blue Hill ME  04614
(207) 374-2135

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