Internships at Downeast Institute

Current Opportunities

Hatchery and Farm (1)

Interns learn the basics of shellfish husbandry including hatchery system sanitation, microalgae production, animal spawning, larval rearing, juvenile rearing, nursery techniques and shellfish farming.  The ability to work as part of a team is essential so good communication skills are a must.  This is a physical job so the ability to work on one’s feet and lift 50 pounds is required.  Marine biology, aquaculture, or related coursework preferred. 

Ocean Acidification Lab Intern (1)

Interns assist with systems designed to study the effects of changing ocean pH and temperature on commercially important marine organisms in aquaculture settings. Chemistry coursework is desirable.

Shellfish Research Interns (3)

Research interns will focus on a project looking at soft-shell clam fecundity across the state of Maine. Responsibilities include observing spawning clams, examining eggs using a compound microscope, dissecting clams, and managing project data. There will also be opportunities to learn hatchery processes, assist with other research projects and fieldwork, interact with local fishermen,  and conduct an independent research project if that is of interest. Marine biology, aquaculture, or related coursework is preferred as well as good attention to detail and the ability to work as a team and independently.

Downeast Institute is a nonprofit marine research, education and shellfish production facility located on Great Wass Island in the town of Beals, Maine.  Our mission is public service through marine research, marine resource education, and innovations in wild and cultured fisheries.

We serve as the Marine Science Field Station of the University of Maine at Machias.  In this capacity, we provide and/or host summer undergraduate internships for students from the University of Maine at Machias, the University of Maine, and other college campuses in Maine and beyond.

Internships are subject to funding availability and are seasonal hourly positions without benefits or paid time off. Internships vary according to the lead researcher, the source of funds, and potentially the interests of the student. Shared housing for interns is available at a modest rate.

Students are also encouraged to contact us about work-study, temporary or volunteer positions based on their interests.  Previous positions have included facility maintenance, public outreach, data management and nonprofit administration.  Email inquiries to Dianne Tilton, Executive Director. dtilton@downeastinstitute.org.

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