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Internship Opportunity

Studying and Increasing Appreciation for the Animals, Plants and Recreational Opportunities Around the Great Bay Estuary

Posted on: 02/09/2023

Summary / Description

  • Horseshoe crab monitoring: assist researchers and help train/organize volunteers with annual horseshoe crab monitoring projects. This may include setting up transects, horseshoe crab tagging, completing site surveys throughout the season at several sites around the bay, help with occasional volunteer training on site, and data analysis of the site surveys for 2023 and previous years. There may also be an opportunity for helping gather horseshoe crab eggs and analyzing viability in the lab. (~40% of time)
  • Phenology: Assist the Volunteer Coordinator with an onsite phenology program. This includes completing phenology walks (training is provided), maintaining species labels in the field, updating volunteer training materials as needed, and data entry and analysis for the last several years of phenology data. (~25% of time)
  • Coastal Access: Assist the Reserve as they update a map of coastal access sites (e.g., boat ramps, parks) and develop new ways to promote the use and appreciation of Great Bay. The intern will visit and update information for each coastal access site, take pictures, and write up a short description about that location. The intern will also search for and review examples of how coastal access sites have been promoted using online tools such as interactive mappers. (~25 % of time)
  • The intern will also be exposed to a variety of other Reserve projects. This includes assisting with other long-term estuarine monitoring programs including water quality, tracking salt marsh health and resiliency to sea-level-rise, and assessing fish communities through environmental DNA techniques. Other example activities include participating in our school programs, and working with our local partners on oyster restoration, invasive crab research and macroalgae monitoring. (~10%)

Skills Required

  • Able to be in the field for several hours, even in the summer heat or inclement weather
  • Comfortable handling live animals (training will be provided)
  • Comfortable with data entry, and basic data analysis
  • Able to work alone at times, understanding that staff are available to answer questions. Remote field work would always be done in pairs or groups.
  • Solid organizational and communication skills
  • Comfortable working with others including staff, colleagues, students and volunteers
  • Comfortable writing social media posts related to the projects
  • Interest in taking pictures outdoors
  • Interest in outdoor recreation, including kayaking, boating and water trails
  • Able to search out and conduct systematic reviews of websites and web tools

Type of Opportunity

Research (field and office work), Communications (field and office work)


Remote or In-person:



Great Bay NERR, Greenland, NH

Other Information

Intern Supervisor:

Christopher Peter, Melissa Brogle, Lynn Vaccaro

Number of Slots Available:



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