Maine Geological Survey Coastal Maine Geology Intern 2018 (6 Month Position)
Expected Intern Contributions:
The 2018 Intern will aid the Marine Geology Division of the Maine Geological Survey in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry with field and office efforts. The Intern will partake in the following efforts: 1) the Maine Beach Monitoring Program (MBMAP) and State of Maine Beach Profiling Program (SMBPP); 2) field work in support of tidal and nearshore mapping programs along Maine beaches; 3) living shoreline project efforts; and 4) support of other MGS project efforts. The prospective Intern must be in a physical condition to spend several days per week in the field, mostly along Maine beaches, dunes, bluffs, and salt marsh areas. Field work will be concentrated in York, Cumberland, and Sagadahoc Counties (but may include other coastal counties). The prospective intern must be capable of walking several miles and spending long periods of time in the field carrying survey equipment, driving an MGS truck, and learning how to operate field equipment, including Real Time Kinematic GPS (RTK GPS) and the MGS Nearshore Survey System (NSS). The intern may be conducting field work alone at times, but will often be working with MGS’ Marine Geologists. The Intern will also process and analyze field data, including Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) data, using a variety of different software. The Intern will also aid MGS with a variety of data-development related efforts in support of ongoing resiliency efforts, including several different NOAA-funded projects.
Experience and Knowledge Gained:
The prospective Intern will gain experience and knowledge regarding MGS programs and work efforts, learn various coastal geologic field mapping, survey data processing and analysis techniques, and will become proficient in using a variety of different field equipment and software for field and office efforts, including:
• In-depth knowledge of Maine’s beaches, their natural geology and anthropogenic features;
• Surveying techniques using a network Real Time Kinematic Global Position System (RTKGPS) and data processing
• Water-based survey techniques using the Nearshore Survey System (NSS), a PWC-based survey platform
• Displaying and analyzing GPS, beach profile, and other survey data within ArcGIS
• LiDAR data processing, analysis, and interpretation
• Knowledge of tidal elevation data and analysis using NOAA VDATUM software
• Working as part of a large, multi-agency project team
• Data analysis and presentation using Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, etc.
The prospective Intern will have the following minimum requirements:
.- Completed college with a major in geology, GIS, or closely related earth-sciences discipline
– Experience using ArcGIS software
– A valid driverâ€™s license free of violations
Duration and Compensation:
We expect an extended, maximum 24-week (6 month) internship with somewhat flexible start (late May to early June start, typically) and end dates. The intern will receive, based on qualifications, a range of $12-$13/hour for a 40-hour week. Any field or work-related expenses will be reimbursed by the Maine Geological Survey. Please note that there are no relocation expenses, health insurance, vacation, or state retirement benefits associated with this position.
A cover letter describing relevant experience, a resume, and contact information for at least one reference, and your available start and end dates must be submitted by 5 pm on April 13, 2018. Digital application materials are preferred and encouraged. We will notify the prospective intern by April 20, 2018.
Peter A. Slovinsky, Marine Geologist Maine Geological Survey
93 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0098
Note that this is a six month position as opposed to our standard three month summer internship, so applicants should be finishing up school this semester and have the flexibility to work into the fall, or have already completed school.
Applications are due by COB April 13, and we will notify the prospective intern on April 20.
As always, thank you for sending wonderful applicants our way!
Peter Slovinsky, Marine Geologist
Maine Geological Survey
Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
93 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 287-7173 office
(207) 441-1965 cell