Phillips Wharf Environmental Center
Chicken Point Rd
Phillips Wharf Environment Center (PWEC), www.pwec.org
, was created to provide a hands-on experience, especially for children, with the many species of animals and plants that live in the Chesapeake Bay. Located in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay on Tilghman’s Island, Maryland, PWEC offers live exhibits, waterside activities, aquarium displays, tours, and field trips. Its mission is to ‘Inform, Inspire, and Involve’ those who live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to take action on its behalf. In addition to learning about the environment and ecosystem, visitors also gain understanding about how the watermen harvest Bay resources. PWEC is offering internship opportunities to qualified high school students. Gain hands-on experience while making real contributions to environmental education in the Chesapeake Bay region. We are actively recruiting high performing high school students with interests in Biology, Marine Biology, Environmental Science, or related fields who are ready for a hands-on learning experience. Internship duration is May – August, with negotiable start and end dates. The positions are unpaid, however service learning credits can be earned.
Interns assist PWEC staff and senior interns in key areas of our Bay animal and wetland plant exhibits and outreach programs and will be trained in specific support tasks. Responsibilities include aquarium and fish maintenance, diet preparation, assisting in maintaining the collection of species for exhibit in our Center and “Fishmobile”, and assisting with “Fishmobile” deployment to schools and events. The intern will become familiar with our mission in order to serve as ambassadors for PWEC. Click on Position Descriptions for specific duties.
We are seeking mature high school juniors and seniors with demonstrated interest (coursework, extracurricular activity, prior community service or employment) in Biology, Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Fishery Science, or related fields, and who are self-motivated, highly organized, creative and have a hunger to learn. The ideal candidate will commit at least 15 hours a week and possess a personal interest in the marine environment and health of the Chesapeake Bay. The ability to work independently as well as with a team, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required. Interns must be willing to work hours beyond the standard 8-hour day on occasion, handle live marine animals, and perform basic mechanical work associated with aquarium systems. Fundamental skill in algebra is required. Teacher recommendations are required.