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2015 Summer Internship Program, Portland, Maine

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) catalyzes solutions to the complex challenges of ocean stewardship and economic growth in the Gulf of Maine bioregion. Our dynamic fusion of science, education, and community gives us range to effect change from multiple directions, while our objectivity and commitment to collaboration make us the go-to organization for marine communities grappling with contentious issues, management transitions, and new business systems.

GMRI has established a formal, competitive summer internship program for graduates and undergraduates to support our staff on a portfolio of projects focused on fishery ecosystem research, community, and education programs. Internships at GMRI provide an opportunity to gain valuable work experiences at sea and in our lab.

GMRI is seeking interns for the summer of 2015. These are 10-week internships that usually run from early-June through mid-August. GMRI has a strong partnership with the University of Maine, School of Marine Sciences, and some of these positions may be supported and advised by University of Maine personnel based at GMRI.

Internships at GMRI are paid, and most, but not all, intern opportunities have funding at this time.  Interested students are encouraged to seek fellowships and/or funding options directly through their university or college. GMRI is committed to assist candidates to identify funding sources to support their internship.

2015 Position Descriptions:

Fishery Resource Economics 

This intern position will collaborate with GMRI’s senior marine resource economist, Dr. Jenny Sun, and will be sponsored by the National Science Foundation project “Coastal SEES (Track 2), Collaborative Research: Resilience and Adaptation of a Coastal Ecological-Economic System in Response to Increasing Temperature.” The project will develop an integrated view of complex relationships between climate change, oceanography, ecology, and economics of groundfish and lobster fisheries in New England:

  • Provide support services for evaluating the viability and profitability of the fishing industry in response to the impact of warming on fisheries ecosystems,
  • Compile and analyze lobster and groundfish industry time-series dataset to explore spatial and seasonal economic regression models which best demonstrate the resilience and adaptation of the fishery under various climate change scenarios.
  • Communicate via email and phone with fishermen

Qualifications include: Data/regression analysis and modeling knowledge; proficiency with statistics and experience working with SAS®, EView®, OxMatrix®, STATA® or other similar software environment required.

Casco Bay Aquatic System Survey  

GMRI is seeking candidates to fill four intern positions for the summer of 2015 in the area of marine and fisheries ecology under the supervision of the Demersal Fisheries Ecologist. GMRI scientists are conducting a long-term sentinel monitoring program to monitor ecological conditions in Casco Bay and surrounding areas (including the Presumpscot River and up to 3 miles offshore). This ecosystem monitoring “corridor” will be instrumental in helping to keep track of long-term trends in a variety of ecological indicators including temperature, water quality, fish and invertebrate community composition, trophic interactions and fish health as these may respond to changes in land use practices and climate change.

The summer interns will assume the following tasks with the assistance and supervision of GMRI research scientists and associates:

  • Water quality monitoring (temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, secchi depth)
  • Fish and invertebrate trapping
  • Fish seining and angling
  • Setting up video systems to monitor fish in situ and analyzing video footage
  • Fish diet analysis and ageing (using otoliths and image analysis software)
  • Plankton and fish egg/larvae analysis (from plankton nets)
  • Data entry and some analysis
  • Communicate and share results with GMRI staff

Qualifications include:  Enrollment in a Bachelor’s degree program (or recently graduated) in a scientific field related to marine research, with strong quantitative and computer skills; detail oriented, self-starter with strong organizational and writing skills; proven ability to work well independently and in teams. Familiarity with fish and invertebrate sampling techniques and fish ageing is preferred.

Requirements: 

  • Data entry skills, including ability to use Microsoft Excel software
  • Basic skills in statistical analysis
  • Comfortable on boats and outside in sometimes inclement conditions

Recreational Catch and Release Mortality Study

GMRI is seeking intern candidate to fill one (1) position for the summer of 2015 in the area of recreational angler mortality study and to analyze and document results of a newly designed conservation engineering device field trials. GMRI scientists and Community Outreach team are conducting a research project to quantify the fish and bird losses associated with seabird, heron and pelican depredation of released under-sized and juvenile fish in the grassy inshore areas of the Gulf of Mexico. The Tampa Bay estuaries have been identified as a study system for this effort. The successful candidate will tabulate field research results, conduct a market assessment of the recreational angling community in the area via the phone, and generate a report summarizing the scope of the problem and the potential gains associated with a newly deployed device to safely release fish.  Some video editing and communications material development is also envisioned.

The summer intern will assume the following tasks with the assistance and supervision of GMRI research scientists and associates:

  • Data entry and some analysis
  • Online research on fleet size and fishing effort expended
  • Develop and administer phone questionnaire to anglers in FL
  • Edit field trial videos
  • Summarize questionnaire responses, online research findings and field trial results into comprehensive summary report and develop full rollout strategy
  • Communicate and share results with GMRI staff and project collaborators in Tampa Bay

Qualifications include:  Enrollment in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program (or recently graduated) in a scientific field related to marine research, with strong computer skills and some background in video editing, or generating publications; detail oriented, self-starter with strong organizational and writing skills; proven ability to work well independently and in teams; familiarity with recreational fishing techniques, and ability to communicate with fisheries stakeholders.

Requirements: 

  • Data entry skills, including ability to use Microsoft Excel software
  • Basic skills in statistical analysis
  • Creative researcher, willing to search internet
  • Comfortable on the phone, able to engage in casual dialog around fishing practices
  • Strong written skills
  • Video editing desired, or other publishing

Fish Distribution Modeling

As the Gulf of Maine warms, we expect southerly species to move into the region and resident species in this area to shift towards cooler habitats.  However, because the pace of warming is not steady and some species respond more rapidly than others, distribution models of multiple species will be essential to understanding what these changes will mean for ecological communities and fisheries. 

Many of the species that are shifting distributions most rapidly are not well represented in widely used data sets.  We are interested in exploring how predicted future distributions vary if models are built from different underlying data sets, including both fisheries-independent and fisheries-dependent sources, or combinations of multiple data sources.  This intern will be based in the Ecosystem Analysis and Prediction lab.

Qualifications include: Enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program (or recently graduated) in a scientific field with strong quantitative and computer skills.  Strong technical skills, including familiarity with a programming environment such as R or Matlab, as well as   species distribution modeling techniques such as MaxEnt or GAMS.  Detail oriented self-starter with strong organizational skills and a proven ability to work well independently and in teams.  

Atlantic Salmon and Ecosystem Change

Declines in Atlantic salmon populations have been observed throughout North America and Europe in recent decades, and the timing of major declines have been tightly aligned among multiple stock complexes.  The spatial and temporal coherence of population declines points towards marine conditions as critically important for determining survival and population dynamics, and climate-related ecosystem changes have been linked to salmon productivity on both sides of the Atlantic basin.

We are currently investigating growth during their marine phase as one mechanism through which ecosystem changes can affect Atlantic salmon populations.  An intern will help analyze growth data collected from Atlantic salmon scales, investigate relationships between growth patterns and ecosystem conditions, and synthesize information about ecosystem change in the North Atlantic.  This intern will be based in the Ecosystem Analysis and Prediction lab.

Qualifications include: Enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program (or recently graduated) in a scientific field related to marine research.  Strong quantitative and computer skills, including basic coursework in statistics and familiarity with a programming environment such as R or Matlab, will be advantageous.  Detail oriented self-starter with an ability to synthesize data and information, strong organizational and writing skills, and a proven ability to work well independently and in teams.

Real-time Visualization of Surface Currents

The Gulf of Maine is one of the most dynamic parts of the coast.  Fishermen and boaters must navigate their vessels through currents that change with wind and tide.  Operational ocean circulation models can provide real-time information on surface currents, and in some cases, even forecasts.  However, this information is not readily accessible, and frequently requires specialized knowledge and software.  We are interested in making these products accessible to the general public through the web and on mobile devices.

We are in the process of building several web applications that use operational surface currents.  For this project, the intern will work with members of the Ecosystem Modeling Lab and Ocean Data Products group to expand our ability to access these data products and to visualize them in a dynamic way.

Qualifications include: Enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program (or recently graduated) in a scientific field with strong quantitative and computer skills.  The successful candidate must have an interest in accessing and visualizing large scientific data sets, and strong programming skills (python and Java preferred) are required.  Detail oriented self-starter with strong organizational skills and a proven ability to work well independently and in teams.  

 

For all of our summer intern positions, successful candidates will have additional skills and attributes that are core to our organization:

  • Passion to learn combined with a strong desire to protect marine resources
  • Desire to support the viability of the fishing industry and community
  • Eagerness to learn about the Gulf of Maine ecosystem
  • Interest to work independently and collaboratively
  • Flexibility and willingness to work where needed during the internship experience
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and strong attention to detail
  • Solid research and analytical skills
  • Desire to have a challenging experience
  • Applicants must have a track record of student success and potential as demonstrated by GPA, research portfolio, prior work experiences and/or the recommendation of a professor.

Apply

To apply for any of the summer intern positions noted above, please CLICK HERE.

You will have the option to apply for more than one, but no more than three positions.Please note that you will be navigating away from the GMRI website to complete your application.

We are proud to be an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Our employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran or military status or any other legally protected status. In order to comply with local, state and federal Affirmative Action and Equal Employment regulations we need to identify certain applicant data which will only be used for reporting to government agencies. You are not required by law to provide this data. The data you provide on this form will be kept confidential, used solely for statistical purposes and maintained separately from your employment application. This data will not be used to make a decision about your employment.

The application deadline is January 30, 2015. Applications received after that date will be reviewed only if internship positions have not already been filled. GMRI will begin reviewing applications in February. Questions should be emailed to jobs@gmri.org. Please note that we will not accept resumes sent to this address.