Opportunities at Downeast Institute

College Internships

Internships and work study positions* at DEI can enhance your education and provide early experience in your chosen field or other area of interest.  Past interns have worked on research projects, assisted in our research hatchery, and worked in business, marketing and finance.

*Work study positions are offered to UMM students only, during the academic year or summer.  Contact Dianne Tilton for more information.

Summer and Occasional Employment

If you like a change of scenery, check this board in the spring and fall. We have seasons where we need extra hands for one to three months, primarily in the spring and early summer.

Research Hatchery Jobs

We occasionally have openings for part time and full-time positions in our research hatchery. We welcome applicants from a variety of work and educational backgrounds.

Post-Doc and Senior Scientist Positions

Scientist positions are offered as our research grants demand.  Senior scientists who write their own grants should contact us about our space and other benefits.


High school students and other community members looking for volunteer opportunities should contact DEI.  We do our best to match projects to your area of interest.

Testimonial from a former volunteer:

“As a Maine Conservation Corp/ Americorp Environmental stewards volunteer at the Downeast Institute (DEI) my experience was life changing. I had the opportunity to briefly live and work in beautiful Downeast Maine while assisting DEI to provide sustainable shellfish to the community. As a recent graduate this was my first opportunity explore many aspects of marine science through field work, marine scientific research and shellfish husbandry. Some of the most memorable times included research such as collecting razor clams off Dobin’s Island, being a part of spawning events, measuring and counting razor clam eggs, European oyster research, maintaining the tanks and watching the invertebrates grow. ” 

– Marisa Powell, former volunteer and current ACCSP Program Assistant, Atlantic States Marines Fisheries Commission

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