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Conservation Intern & Oyster Field Technician

Quahog Bay Conservancy & Snow Island Oysters Harpswell, ME



Quahog Bay Conservancy (QBC) is looking to hire three seasonal marine-related degree interns for technical and research projects as well as assist our largest conservation initiatives. QBC, located in Harpswell, Maine is a 501 c(3) non-profit organization committed to marine conservation through sustainable aquaculture, ecosystem research, and community education programs.

Ideal candidates will work from June to late August 2023

  • Housing and competitive salary available

Application Deadline: March 15th

Job Description:

Interns will assist in all QBC conservation initiatives, including field technician for Snow Island Oysters. As a member of the oyster farming crew, expect to spending time at QBC's two farming locations in Quahog Bay and the Harpswell Sound. Under the supervision of a full-time employee, successful applicants will be responsible for farm operations which include, but is not limited to:

  • Sorting and cleaning oysters at all life stages
  • Flipping, raising and sinking cages, cleaning and repairing gear
  • Preparing oysters for market and delivering to vendors
  • Assisting in scientific studies and entering farm management data

Microplastic Research:

Using state of the art equipment to determine microplastics in bivalves and fish, plastic identification, and other scientific studies. Training on scientific equipment: Agilent 8700 LDIR Chemical Imaging System, Shimadzu IRXross FTIR Spectrometer, Agilent AIM-9000 FTIR Microscope, Zeiss Stemi 305 Microscope. Students will be expected to write white papers on all research projects.

Other Potential Research Projects, Training, and Field Trips:

  • EDNA Research on Green Crabs and Crab Tagging
  • Autonomous Vehicle Introduction and Field Demo
  • Ecosystem Field Research
  • Fabrication Lab Experience to include welding familiarization in steel and aluminum
  • Field Trips: Gulf of Maine Research Institute and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Conditions of Employment:

  • Work in all weather conditions; Swim and be comfortable in various ocean conditions
  • Lift and handle a minimum of 601bs.
  • Must have reliable transportation and ability to work weekends if needed
  • Understand and follow instructions from supervisors and must be accountable for your work
  • Maintain proper employee conduct being aware of surroundings and respectful of the noise level

To Apply:

Please submit a resume with two references to [email protected] with the email subject line:

2023 Conservation Intern Application Attention: Stacy.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Quahog Bay Conservancy:

email: [email protected]

phone: 207-522-1105

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