Student Opportunity Announcements

Blue Hill Bay Coastal Monitoring Intern

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 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, 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. 

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

Job Description: 

  1. Conduct in-situ water quality monitoring using a DataSonde multi probe and
    sample collection at marine sites throughout the Blue Hill Bay watershed
  2. Collect biological samples in the field and identify them in the lab
  3. Prepare for each field day by calibrating and maintaining field
  4. Perform lab chemistries and bacterial assays following established standard
    operating procedures and quality assurance protocols
  5. Monitoring and recording pinniped haul-out sites and behavior
  6. Assist with data entry, updating field logs and lab maintenance 
  7. Help run the volunteer water quality monitoring program
  8. Assist with preparation of result summaries, reports, fact sheets and presentations
  9. Weekly monitoring blog update
  10.  Articulate and promote the MERI mission to the public 
  11.  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 ground. 

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 

Please, no phone calls. 

Marine Environmental Research Institute (MERI) 

PO Box 1652, 55 Main Street

Blue Hill, ME 04614


MERI is an Equal Opportunity Employer