Research Associate Technician (Paid Intern) NYC

Billion Oyster Project – Research Associate Technician Intern



This internship is open to recent High School graduates, College undergrads, and postgraduates.

Start date is June 1st 2020 to August 15th. (ThereÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s flexibility to start earlier and end later)

The Internship Site

Main location Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ 134 Carder Rd, Governors Island

Additional locations Ãf¢ÒÂEURҔ New York Harbor

Responsibilities Include:

Interns will work with all of the following programs, in accordance with the needs of the business.

Additionally, interns are expected to complete an independent research project to present at the end of

the season.

Billion Oyster Project Programs:


Ãf¢ÒÂ-ҏ Assist with preparation and execution of oyster research station (ORS) basic trainings, and symposium.

Ãf¢ÒÂ-ҏ Help provide support with field expeditions, ORS maintenance, data collection, curriculum research, and

education outreach activities.

Ãf¢ÒÂ-ҏ Assist with field expeditions at ORS sites and STEM Hubs.


Ãf¢ÒÂ-ҏ Support Hatchery Manager with managing stock in the lab as well as on the eco-dock through daily

assessment and action with the help of 4-8 high school interns.

Ãf¢ÒÂ-ҏ Assist with installations, monitorings, and research activities related to field stations, community reefs, and

oyster nurseries in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Bush Terminal Park, Jamaica Bay, Great Kills Harbor, Lemon

Creek, Coney Island Creek, Paerdegat Basin, Soundview Park, and upper New York Harbor.

Ãf¢ÒÂ-ҏ Help categorize documents, survey/research photos, and assist with mapping.

Public Engagement:

Ãf¢ÒÂ-ҏ Assist with the operation of the BOP public exhibit for visitors to Governors Island.

Ãf¢ÒÂ-ҏ Support volunteer activities including but not limited to building oyster structures, preparing recycled

shells for seeding, sorting and counting oysters, conducting oyster monitoring protocols, and preparing

materials prior to volunteer days.

Development (Fundraising), Communications and Administration:

Ãf¢ÒÂ-ҏ Assist the Development Team in facilitating major donor cultivation, managing and updating our

Salesforce contact database, donor acknowledgment, and fundraising activities.

Ãf¢ÒÂ-ҏ Provide media relations support to communications team, be a part of the photo team to add images to our


Ãf¢ÒÂ-ҏ Support team with data entry, field/office logistics, and other administrative duties.

Requirements Are:

Ãf’Ò· Self-motivated, highly-organized, upbeat, and flexible

Ãf’Ò· Ability to work independently and in collaboration with all teams.

Ãf’Ò· Ability to work closely with volunteers and the public in a professional manner

Ãf’Ò· Positive work ethic

Ãf’Ò· Strong verbal and written communication skills

Ãf’Ò· Strong time management skills

Ãf’Ò· Experience teaching or providing informal instruction to children and/or adults preferred

Ãf’Ò· Strong public speaking skills

Ãf’Ò· Proficiency in MS Office Suite and/or Google Suite

Ãf’Ò· Ability to work some weekends and evening hours

Ãf’Ò· Some duties may require moving equipment weighing up to 50 pounds

Ãf’Ò· Frequently outdoors: some work will take place on boats, wading in the water, and on-shore in various

weather conditions.

Ãf’Ò· Any person working in the New York City DOE buildings, working with NYC DOE students or who has access to NYC

DOE confidential information is required by New York State law to undergo a security clearance, including fingerprints, prior

to commencing services. All prospective employees (either working for NYC DOE or for a Vendor) must have a security

clearance before starting work. No one can be fingerprinted by the NYC DOE or undergo the security clearance unless they

have been added to the organization or agency’s PETS (Personnel Eligibility Tracking System) roster.

The Ideal Candidate:

Ãf’Ò· Familiar with, marine science, environmental studies, and/or the maritime industry

Ãf’Ò· Be able to communicate with the public about Billion Oyster Project programs and policies.

Ãf’Ò· Enjoys working with students, volunteers, and marine life

Ãf’Ò· Be able to perform office and administrative tasks

Ãf’Ò· Work weekends on a rotating schedule

Ãf’Ò· Enjoys working in and/or around the water and being outdoors for an extended time.

Ãf’Ò· Flexible to change

Ãf’Ò· Ability to travel with the crew on small vessels

SALARY: $16/hour