Summer Research Opportunity: Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island (Apply February 2018)

Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island Summer Research Information

Spend Your Summer Doing Research or Art
in one of the World’s Most Beautiful Places

Patricia Jones, Director Ian Kyle, Assistant Director

Now: Develop project topic; touch base with the Kent Island Director, Professor Patricia Jones, (and with off-island mentor if applicable)

Before Feb 15:  Email a brief ‘intent to submit’ to the Director at
Feb 28 by noon:  Email your full application as a PDF to the Director
Mar 15:  Decisions will be conveyed to students via email

How to Choose a Science Project

Approach 1: Choose from the list below and develop the idea further in discussions with the Director. This is the most common approach.

Approach 2: Work with a Bowdoin professor (or with the Director) to develop your own idea that’s not on this list. Recognize that this approach takes additional initiative on your part, but we encourage and support you.

How to Choose an Art or Writing Project

Consult with a Bowdoin professor to develop a focus for your work and a possible way for her/him to provide support and feedback during the summer. Do some background research to understand the Kent Island environment and how it can inform/inspire your proposed work.

Kent Island Cook

We need a cook to prepare dinner for the group 6 days a week. This is a fellowship position that involves part-time work as a scientist or artist/writer.  If you’re potentially interested, contact us right away for details.

Contact Info

Director:  Professor Patricia Jones

Assistant Director: Ian Kyle

Potential Science Project Ideas (ask us for details)

– Pollinator communities on wild blueberries
– Floral constancy in different pollinator groups
– Mate-searching behavior by Leach’s storm-petrels
– Storm-petrel recognition of predator vocalizations
– Pathogens of storm-petrels in relation to MHC
– Coordination of egg incubation in storm-petrels
– Host plant specificity of spittlebugs
– Inbreeding depression in irises
– Ontogeny of vocalizations in yellow warblers
– Ecological responses to the eradication of snowshoe hares
– Factors affecting reforestation success in coastal field habitats
– Abiotic stressors of low tide in the Basin
– Intertidal community: effects of removing rockweed and periwinkles
– Spider web characteristics and capture success
– Eider ducks: nest success and/or adult relative abundance and sex ratio over the summer

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

“You need three things to become a successful novelist: talent, luck and discipline. Discipline is the one element of those three things that you can control, and so that is the one that you have to focus on controlling, and you just have to hope and trust in the other two.”
– Michael Chabon

Internship: St. Germain Collins (Deadline to apply: March 1, 2018)

Summer 2018 Internship with St. Germain Collins

College students (juniors or seniors) majoring in science or engineering can have the opportunity to gain real-world work experience and skills through St.Germain Collins’ internship program.  If you have the desire to get hands-on experience and training in field techniques, interpretation of data and safety protocols, and working with mentors, this internship may be right for you.  Successful graduating seniors may be considered for a full-time position following the internship. This has been posted to ebear: .

Internship Description – Summer 2018, 12 weeks
St.Germain Collins is seeking a motivated intern to work 40 hours per week for 12 consecutive weeks based out of Westbrook, Maine. This position will support St.Germain Collins’ environmental team in investigating contaminated sites and helping to clean them up.  Most of the time will be spent in the field – commercial and industrial sites in the Northeastern US – assisting our field scientists in collecting soil, water and vapor samples, logging field data, reviewing and compiling data and writing reports, and supporting clients’ compliance with environmental, health and safety regulations.  Training provided.

Internship Requirements

  • Current college student (junior or senior), majoring in science (environmental science, geoscience, chemistry, biology or other lab-based major) or engineering (civil or environmental).
  • Strong organizational ability, attention to detail, and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to problem solve by applying critical thinking skills.
  • Team player, action-oriented, positive attitude and strong inter-personal skills.
  • Strong computer skills (proficient in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Routine travel using a personal vehicle (mileage is reimbursed) within New England.
  • Valid US Driver’s License.
  • OSHA 40 Hr. HAZWOPER training (preferred).

Physical demands: While performing the responsibilities of the job, the intern is often required to sit or stand for extended periods of time, walk (at times over uneven surfaces), reach with arms and hands, and to stoop or kneel. Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and/or clothing (e.g. steel-toed boots, tyvek suits, etc.) is routinely required. At times, lifting of equipment weighing up to 50 pounds may be required. Work environments range from office to industrial indoor settings to outdoors in all weather conditions.

To Apply: If you are interested, please apply as follows:

  • Resume, including list of science courses completed
  • Cover letter and writing example from a science class (e.g. lab report, research paper, etc.).
  • Send application to
  • Deadline:  March 1, 2018  

Pay: $7,200 (based on 12 weeks, 40 hours per week, $15.00/hr) minus taxes, etc.

Internship: Summer 2018 Field Ecology Intern, Maine Natural Areas Program (Deadline extended to 2/16/18)

Maine Natural Areas Program, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Field Ecology Intern

 The Maine Natural Areas Program seeks summer interns to assist with the identification, monitoring, and assessment of natural communities and rare plants in various locations throughout Maine. Fieldwork includes collection of ecological data (e.g., vegetation composition, soils, forest structure), identification of plants, and use of hand-held GPS units. Some office work is required, including creating GIS maps, data entry and analysis, and landowner contact.  Individuals must be able to work outdoors for long periods of time under a wide variety of conditions, including long hikes across rugged terrain. The position requires a strong interest in plant ecology, forestry, or wetland ecology, and unmitigated enthusiasm.

Familiarity with New England’s vegetation or related field experience is strongly preferred, along with experience using ArcGIS. Position is 40 hours/week from approximately May 2018 to September 2018 and pays $13.00/hour.  Some overnight travel is required.

Preference will be given to applications received by Friday February 9th, 2018.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to: Kristen Puryear

Maine Natural Areas Program 93 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0093 (electronic applications preferred)

Summer Internship: Natural History, on a Maine Island in Casco Bay

Summer Internship in Natural History

This position offers an opportunity for applied environmental studies on a Maine island in Casco Bay. The landowner of the 200-acre island is looking for a student(s) to perform a biological inventory of plants, animals, fungi, geology, and marine organisms—depending on the natural history expertise of the intern(s).

The island is permanently protected without public access, and owners are interested in maintaining the island’s ecological integrity and combating invasive species. Transportation to the island is by small boat, and the four cottages are not electrified.

The student(s) will be provided with a boat, free parking on mainland, and room and partial board in one of the cottages. Multiple students may apply. Students are expected to work independently, with the daily schedule determined by the intern. The internship may take place between mid May and early August.

The deliverable is an illustrated and annotated field guide/nature journal of species, including location and abundance, written for a lay audience of island owners and visitors. Maps would be appreciated. Some research materials and field guides can be provided.

This is an unpaid 200 hour internship, Bowdoin students, however may apply for funding through Bowdoin’s Career Planning Center.

For information on how to apply, or with questions, contact: Alicia Heyburn, 207-522-8065

Summer Internship: Environmental Health Internship, accepting applications

Environmental Health Internship

The Environmental Health Strategy Center is seeking talented, hard-working, passionate candidates to work on local and national campaigns to protect communities from chemicals linked with cancer, asthma, and other health problems.  This is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience working in a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary, science-based policy organization and build your skills in community organizing, environmental health policy, and campaign advocacy.

Activities may include:

  • Work on local and national policy campaigns
  • Build relationships with target constituencies such as cancer-affected communities, local businesses, and parent groups
  • Organize outreach events such as films and workshops
  • Recruit activists to join rallies and media events
  • Reach out to supporters to take action through phone calls, emails, and social media
  • Conduct outreach at fairs and festivals throughout the state of Maine


  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Demonstrated work ethic
  • Strong team player
  • Highly motivated and able to work independently
  • Serious commitment to social justice

Hours and compensation:

Full and part time positions available. This is an unpaid position, however we are happy to work with students to secure institutional funding and/or course credit. Bowdoin Career Planning Center may have funding for this internship.

Applications will be reviews on a rolling basis until positions are filled- the window to accept applications is usually January-March. Please send a resume and a cover letter detailing your interest, skills, and experience — we want to know who you are, what you’re interested in, and what strengths you would bring to our work. Feel free to include a writing sample (optional). Send to Emily Postman at epostman (at) You can also feel free to contact me with any questions you have throughout the application process.

Internship: Kennebec Land Trust Summer 2018 Internship (Apply by 2/19/18)

2018 KLT Ronald Joseph Summer Internship

The Kennebec Land Trust (KLT) is seeking summer interns to work on trail maintenance and construction, land conservation projects, invasive plant control, educational programming, and general office work such as writing press releases and sending out mailings. Interns will have the opportunity to assist with environmental education programs at the Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead

Interested applicants should be willing to learn basic plant identification skills, be able to perform physically demanding field work, be comfortable multi-tasking in the office, and have an interest in land conservation.

Optional Independent Research Opportunities: In addition to our Summer Internship Program, KLT provides opportunities for students to conduct independent research focused on wildlife and plant ecology, land use history, and conservation and resource management.  Students can work with an advisor from their college or university on their independent projects and will be asked to submit a short summary of their research to KLT upon completion of their project. This summer we are specifically looking for students to conduct projects focused on:

1) enhancing wildlife habitat in managed forestlands  2) stream ecology 3) rare plant research 4) invasive plant ecology and control 5) the agricultural land use history of inland Maine islands 6) the economic and conservation benefits of local wood economies.

In addition to these topics, we welcome other project proposals.

Students’ studies have the potential to enhance KLT’s educational offerings, and to inform property management plans and our Strategic Conservation Plan.

KLT will help students frame research questions and identify properties on which to conduct research.

2009-20017 Interns and Research projects

Rate of pay: KLT will provide a modest stipend. Interns and students conducting independent research projects are encouraged to apply for grant funding or work study funds from their college or university to compensate their time with KLT. KLT will provide mileage at IRS rate for summer interns. Some housing opportunities are available.

KLT supervision:  Jean-Luc Theriault, Stewardship Director and Theresa Kerchner, Executive Director.

Hours: Flexible hours; 32-40 hours a week (Friday research day optional); June-August; some weeks will consist of more work hours than others.


  • minimum of one year of college, with preference to students working towards degrees in education, environmental science, biology, forestry, geography or related degree (or equivalent experience); other majors will be considered
  • ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • strong organizational and time management skills
  • ability to perform moderately strenuous manual labor
  • comfortable working outside
  • valid drivers license

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of two references to the address below by February 19,2018. Both academic and prior work references are accepted.

Send full application to:
The Kennebec Land Trust
c/o Jean-Luc Theriault, Stewardship Director
PO Box 261
Winthrop, Maine 04364

OR BY Email:


Summer Research Fellowship: Integrative Agroecology & Sustainability, Colorado State University (Deadline to apply 2/28/18)

Integrative Agroecology and Sustainability – Summer Research Fellowship Program 2018 at Colorado State University

Spend Summer 2018 in a USDA-NIFA Research and Extension Experience for Undergraduates (REEU) exploring your scientific interests and work with leading scientists at Colorado State University (CSU). The USDA NIFA Integrative Agroecology and Sustainability REEU provides research placements for college-level sophomores and juniors to participate in work addressing complex challenges to global food security and environmental change. In Summer 2018, student fellows will engage in eight weeks of research augmented with professional development opportunities from June 3 – July 27, 2018. Find complete details and application materials at


  • Must be a United States Citizen
  • Sophomore or Junior class standing
  • Preferred Majors, but not required:

Agricultural Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Life Sciences
Natural sciences
Sustainability Sciences

Dates of Fellowship:

June 3rd —July 27th, 2018


  • $4,000 stipend
  • CSU’s Recreation Center access
  • CSU Full Room & Board, available as double-occupancy
  • Travel Support, available

Application Deadline:

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Debra Kaye Holman, PhD
Academic Success/Internship Coordinator
HEASC Sustainability Fellow

Department of Ecosystem Science & Sustainability
Natural Resource Ecology Lab
Warner College of Natural Resources
Colorado State University
Campus Delivery 1476
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1476

Phone: (970) 491-2139
Fax: (970) 491-1965

Office: ESS Department, NESB A204
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Fellowship: Island Institute Fellows, for class of 2018 or recent grad (apply by 3/23/18)

Be an Island Institute Fellow

The Island Fellows Program is one of the signature programs of the Island Institute. Since 1999, the Island Fellows Program has placed college and master’s degree graduates in Maine’s coastal and year-round island communities for one to two years. Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for recent graduates to apply their skills and gain experience helping to build sustainability within communities whose way of life and identity face many challenges.

The Island Fellows Program provides support for Maine’s island and coastal communities by:

  • Strengthening capacity for the local management of historical, cultural, natural, economic, and information resources
  • Assisting in local research, planning, education, and technology projects

The Island Fellows Program provides support for the Island Fellows by:

  • Offering enriching professional development opportunities for recent college graduates
  • Building professional experiences and networks for Fellows looking to live and work in Maine

Awards and Recognition

  • The Island Fellows Program was recognized with the “Outstanding Program” award by the Community Development Society.
  • The Island Fellows Program is an official winner of the 2014 SHIFT Sustainability Award.

How does the Island Fellows Program work?

Island or remote coastal organizations apply to the Island Institute with a community supported project that could benefit from an extra set of hands (See Hosting a Fellow, below). The Institute then finds highly qualified recent graduates to live for 24 months in residence in the community.  Immersion in the community connects fellows directly with islanders to gain an intimate understanding of island life and to understand the needs and opportunities around the identified project.  Fellows are expected to be active participants in their community and bring their own experiences and skills to share.

The Fellowship application period is open from January until mid-March for a September program start. Top candidates are then interviewed in the island or coastal host communities by key contacts who will be working with the Fellow. On-island/coastal interviews are required. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.

Application link for the 2018 Island Fellows program (Deadline: March 23)

Minimum Qualifications
  • Recent completion of a baccalaureate or graduate degree (within five years)
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in a field such as community service, community planning, natural-resource planning, GIS mapping, educational outreach, etc.
  • A strong service ethic
  • Flexibility
  • A strong desire to live and work within a small, remote community
  • Strong self-motivation and the ability to work with minimal supervision
Island Fellow Benefits

Each Fellow receives a stipend of $15,000, plus rent and utilities, health insurance, paid vacation days and other benefits. The Institute also provides reimbursement for approved work-related expenses, access to a professional development fund, and offers to offset part of the cost of a new laptop for first year Fellows.

In addition to the application form, which will be accessible via a link on this page during the open application period, the following are required:

  • An unofficial copy of your transcripts of complete undergraduate and graduate records
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A concise personal statement
  • A resume

Summer Fellowship: UNH Sustainability Fellowships (Apply by 2/14/18)

What are you doing this summer?

UNH Sustainability Fellowships pair outstanding graduate and undergraduate students with competitive, challenging, multi-disciplinary projects based with organizations and communities across New England that propel us towards a sustainable, resilient future. The program runs 10 weeks, starting the first week of June. Fellows receive mentorship and unique networking opportunities, as well as generous compensation.

Why should you apply?

• New skills and knowledge
• Access to extensive professional contacts and networks
• Compelling projects to build your professional portfolio
• $6,000 compensation

Who should apply?

• Graduate and upperclass undergraduate students from any accredited college or university

• Students from all disciplines interested in a sustainability career

Please submit your application by February 14, 2018 at midnight.

Have questions about the program. Click here to learn more!

Fellowship: RAY Conservation Fellows for students graduating between May 2017 and June 2018- Applications Due March 15, 2018

RAY Conservation Fellows

The lack of racial diversity within the marine conservation community is a persistent problem that is becoming increasingly recognized. Recognizing that diversity is a value important to the conservation community and that we have not always made the progress we strive to make, we seek to work together to help rectify this shortcoming by striving for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in the marine conservation community, in particular, racial diversity. Not only is it intrinsically incumbent upon our sector to change practices that contribute to the lack of people of color in the field of marine science and policy, addressing this problem will also make our work more relevant, accessible, and successful. To this end, the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship focuses on increasing opportunities for people of color to learn about, engage with, and enter the marine environmental NGO sector. The fellowships will be designed to support and attract recent college graduates of color with exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who seek to be leaders in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. To learn more about Dr. Roger Arliner Young and this fellowship see the webpage.

Program Overview

Inspired by efforts to increase racial diversity in the marine conservation field, The Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship Program is a response to the call for mainstream environmental organizations to work to increase and provide supported career pathways for people of color within the field. The RAY Fellowship Program is a paid fellowship designed to equip recent college graduates with an undergraduate degree with the tools and support they need to become leaders in the ocean conservation field; one that fully represents the rich and diverse communities within the United States.

RAY Fellows will be placed within one of our member organizations for a year-long paid fellowship position, with the resources and support to develop experiences that will launch them onto a path of career growth in the conservation field. Fellows will work with mentors, grow their networks, and forge lasting relationships with their cohort of fellows. RAY Fellowship positions are full time paid positions with competitive entry-level salaries plus benefits. Fellows will also receive a stipend of $1,000 to go towards professional development opportunities, in addition to coordinated professional development through RAY Member Organizations.

Applications for the 2018-2019 Fellowship cycle will open in January 2018, and Fellowship positions will begin July 16, 2018.

Ideal Candidates

The RAY Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship looks for applicants that demonstrate:

  • Passion and capacity to exercise leadership and respond to social and environmental challenges
  • Willingness to actively contribute to the program as well as take advantage of its benefits
  • Commitment to the values of diversity and justice within the environmental and social change fields
  • The ability and desire to remain an active member of the RAY Fellows Network after the conclusion of the year-long Fellowship
  • Eagerness to connect with and learn from others

Review our application process, timeline, and eligibility requirements for more!

How to Apply

Applications for the 2018-2019 Fellowship cycle are now open. To apply for the RAY Fellowship Program, applicants must:

1. Complete an Application (this links to a very short online survey including contact information and demographics)

2. Follow the instructions on the linked application to submit a curriculum vitae or a resume, a letter of support, and the following two essays and short answer:

  • Dr. Roger Arliner Young was the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate in zoology after years of juggling research and teaching while overcoming personal struggles. Her story is one of grit and perseverance. Please tell us about an experience from your own life that has influenced who you are and shaped your development. (no more than one page single-spaced)
  • What do you see as the greatest challenge to our environment today? (no more than one page single-spaced)
  • Which RAY Fellowship positions would you like to be considered for? Please rank your top three choices with #1 being your top choice. (short answer)

Applications must be submitted to the RAY Fellowship Program no later than March 15, 2018. Transcripts and additional writing samples are not required. Questions about the application process can be submitted to the RAY Program Coordinator, Jordan Williams, via email at Please include ‘RAY Fellow Application’ in the subject line.

Fellowship Positions

Please review descriptions of the Fellowship positions being offered during the 2018-2019 Fellowship cycle. Positions will be added on a rolling basis between January 3 and February 16, 2018.


January 3 – February 16, 2018: Applications Open & Fellowship Positions Posted on a Rolling Basis

March 15, 2018: Applications Due

April 2018: Application Review & Selection

May 2018: Applicants Notified

July 16, 2018: First Day of Fellowship


Applicants should:

  • Recently have graduated (between May 2017 and June 2018) with an undergraduate degree/ will have graduated with an undergraduate degree by the start of the RAY Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship in July 2018. We are not considering graduate students at this time.
  • Have the ability to work in the United States.
  • Have the ability to commit to the entire year-long fellowship.
  • Come from an educational or cultural background that is underrepresented in marine conservation field in the United States and/or
  • Have shown and can demonstrate a strong, active commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and justice within the environmental and social change fields in the academic, professional or civic sector through work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations. By diversity, we mean efforts to reduce social, educational or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity or gender or to improve race relations in the U.S

RAY Applicant Webinars

Learn more about the RAY Fellowship Program interview and selection process by attending our annual RAY Applicant Webinar series.