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2014 Scallop & Eelgrass Restoration InternshipBookmark This
Save The Bay, Inc.
100 Save The Bay Drive
DescriptionReports to: Restoration Ecologist
Location: Providence, RI
Dates: May – August 2014
About the Internship Position: Save the Bay is seeking an energetic and highly motivated individual to work with our habitat team in scallop and eelgrass restoration research throughout the Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island coastal waters. Opportunities to assist on other habitat projects such as algae monitoring, salt marshes, and others likely. Scallop restoration research focuses on the use of a spawner sanctuary, spat recruitment and settlement, and population surveys of bay scallops and their predators. Eelgrass restoration research focuses on harvest and transplanting eelgrass to identify suitable large scale restoration, benthic ecology, and transplant survival monitoring. Save the Bay is also part of SeagrassNet, a global monitoring network that documents the status of seagrass resources and the threats to their survival. Field work can involve Scuba diving with both land and boat entries, loading and unloading heavy equipment, bay navigation by small craft, and full days on rocky or sandy beaches. Scuba Open Water certification is required. This position primarily involves field work.
Save the Bay’s Habitat Restoration Program
Save The Bay is working on a caged spawning sanctuary project to mimic techniques used by NOAA in the South County salt ponds to increase the Bay Scallop (Argopecten irradians) population. The objective of the project is to protect a broodstock of scallops from predators and thus enhance the recruitment into the system.
Eelgrass (Zostera marina) is a flowering marine plant, which grows in shallow bay areas. During the past 70 years, Narragansett Bay’s eelgrass populations have been in decline because of nutrient pollution, disease and hurricane damage. Eelgrass has many functions: it is a primary source of food for many plants and animals in Narragansett Bay, a critical nursery and shelter for shellfish and finfish, it acts as a filter of pollutants, plays a key role in nutrient cycling, and acts as a guard against shoreline erosion by dampening wave energy and storms. Save The Bay is working towards restoring this vital habitat. For more information visit www.savebay.org
Save The Bay Internships are unpaid, but are available for college credit. Save The Bay will work with your university to ensure that all steps are taken to fulfill any credit requirements. The Scallop & Eelgrass Internship is a minimum of 21 hours a week, but additional days may be added to fulfill any university course/credit requirements. All Save The Bay Interns are also required to work at the Save The Bay Swim on Saturday, July 19.
Responsibilities• Ability to work as a team as well as independently
• Excellent communication skills, especially when in the field
• Undergraduate course work in marine biology/ecology
• Familiarity with the dynamic estuarine ecosystems and marine invertebrates of Narragansett Bay preferred
• Ability to work long days in the water, on the water and on shore in varying weather conditions
• Interest in volunteer supported and community based environmental organizations a plus.
• Assist in video and photographic documentation of research activities and transplant success
• Willingness to help coordinate volunteer restoration efforts
• Experience with database management: Data entry and data analysis of scallop and eelgrass restoration monitoring data. Duties may include design and set up of habitat data in spreadsheet format.
Interested students are asked to fill out the Internship Application (available on the Save The Bay website). Save The Bay also requires a letter of intent (cover letter), resume, and the contact information for two references. Please be sure that these items are attached with the application. All items will be considered when choosing candidates to interview.
Applications for internships can be submitted to Save The Bay offices by mail to:
Save The Bay
Attn: Internship Manager
100 Save The Bay Drive
Providence, RI 02905
Applications for internships can also be submitted to Save The Bay by email at:
Please use the subject “Scallop & Eelgrass Restoration Internship” in your email
Applications will be accepted and positions filled on an on-going basis. Once a candidate is selected for the position, they will be notified by telephone and e-mail. If you are not selected for an internship, Save The Bay encourages you to volunteer with us and apply again in the future.
Requirements• College students, recent graduates, graduate students or beginning professionals working towards or having obtained a BA/BS or higher degree in biology, education, marine studies or related field.
• Grade point average of 2.75 or higher out of 4.0
• Scuba Open Water certification is required.
• A demonstrated commitment to the local environment
• Computer experience (MS Office, database spreadsheet)