marine research internship- climate change and predation monitoring

The Marine & Environmental Research Institute (MERI) is looking to fill a Marine Research Internship II position for the 2018 field season. This is a full-­‐time position requiring a 6-­‐month commitment from June through November (flexible start date).

Job Description   
The Marine Research Intern will assist the MERI Research Department with the implementation of its marine research monitoring projects. Targeted studies looking at the effects of climate change, ocean acidification, temperature, invasive species, and predation on intertidal communities will be the top priority of this internship. Other projects may include monitoring for bacteria at local swimming beaches, early identification of harmful algal blooms, assessing marine microplastic concentrations, and assisting with response to marine mammal strandings (whales and seals) in the Downeast region. Primary responsibilities will include field sampling from land and boat, analyses in the laboratory, archiving of samples, data entry and management, and producing written reports and presentations.

Specific Duties
•       Conduct water and organism sampling both from shore and the MERI research vessel at sites in the greater Blue Hill Bay

•       Safely operate and maintain all field and lab equipment including a multiparameter YSI EXO2 Datasonde

•       Perform laboratory assays following established standard operating procedures and protocols including the occasional processing and archiving of marine mammal tissues

•       Assist with data entry and updating of laboratory records, logs, and inventories

•       Manage and analyze large water quality and multi-­‐variable data sets

•       Prepare summaries, reports, fact sheets, and assist with research presentations

•       Conduct literature searches, develop background information, and communicate and promote MERI’s research and mission to the public

•       Assist with marine mammal stranding response, including on-­‐site tissue collection and necropsies in the MERI laboratory as needed

•       Give a final presentation to MERI staff and members of the community on your research at the end of your internship

•       Assist with MERI events including the environmental lecture series and other duties relating to the organization’s goals and mission as required

Reports to: Marine Research Coordinator


Applicants should possess a BA or BS degree in marine biology, ecotoxicology, coastal ecology, environmental conservation, or a related major. Some field and laboratory experience and a basic knowledge of statistics and database management are required. Familiarity with environmental sampling and monitoring methods is preferred. Applicants must also be able to work outside in a variety of environmental conditions, be willing to get dirty, muddy, and wet, be hands-­‐on with a variety of organisms, be comfortable working on a marine research vessel, and be available to work occasional nights and weekends as needed. Attention to detail and the ability to work independently are a must.

Knowledge of computer software including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel required. Proficiency in photography/film, graphics, ArcGIS, and statistics (SPSS) software is desirable. Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. Only US citizens or lawful permanent residents should apply. Position requires some physical activity and applicant should be able to lift up to 40 lbs.

Time Requirements:

June -­‐ November (Flexible start) Full-­‐time (40 hours/week); additional hours to be agreed upon by employee and Director.

Stipend and shared housing in Blue Hill, Maine. Housing is within walking distance to the 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 outlining your experience, career objectives, and why you are interested in an internship at MERI along with your Resume/CV and contact information for three references to:

Madelyn Woods, Marine research Coordinator, at

Indicate “Marine Research Internship II, NAME” in the subject line of your email.

MERI is an Equal Opportunity Employer


The Marine & Environmental Research Institute is a nonprofit scientific organization dedicated to protecting wildlife and people from the harmful impacts of toxic chemical exposure. The Institute produces scientific research that drives change and inspires solutions to the pressing environmental issues of our day. From flame retardants to plastics, our discoveries have informed the public and fueled key legislation, which impacts millions of people in Maine and across the country. Priority areas include: toxic exposure and health of marine mammal sentinels (seals and cetaceans); microplastics in the marine food web; and coastal monitoring in the Gulf of Maine. To learn more about our work,

MERI is located on the Blue Hill Peninsula in a unique coastal ecosystem bridging mid-­‐coast and “Downeast” Maine. Habitat for bald eagles, harbor seals, porpoises, and a rich variety of marine and terrestrial wildlife, the landscape is dotted with small fishing villages, boatyards and blueberry fields. Interns will spend the season studying the impacts of development, global warming, and pollution on this pristine ecosystem.