Position Overview

Location: Based in Annapolis, MD with travel to Cambridge, MD and various field sites required.

Duration: 10 weeks

Starting: On or around June 1, 2022

Compensation: $15 per hour

Hours: 40 hours per week

Position Description

The Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) in Annapolis, MD, is seeking a Coastal Science Intern to assist with research projects and operational tasks related to oyster restoration within Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay. This intern will work closely with staff scientists in a variety of applied settings to gain experience in the collection, management, analysis, and reporting of environmental data.

Specific field work scenarios are expected to include onboard monitoring of large-scale spat-on-shell (SOS) deployment from planting vessels, post-restoration reef surveys, and controlled experiments aimed to investigate the effects of heat and desiccation stress on oyster spat. In addition to assisting with surveys aboard vessels, the Coastal Science Intern may be tasked with data entry and QA/QC, assisting with reporting, and producing maps and other deliverables.

Over the course of its duration, this internship is expected to offer skill development in:

  • Data collection and database management
  • Experimental design
  • GIS-based spatial data collection and analyses
  • Project coordination
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Technical writing and reporting
  • Water quality sampling


Ideal candidates will, at a minimum, be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate program in a field related to Biology, Environmental Science, or Natural Resource Management; and possess the ability to travel to remote locations within the state of Maryland and work long, irregular hours as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

A strong candidate will be:

  • Able to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing
  • Able to follow instructions
  • Able to participate in special research projects and investigations
  • Able to perform field assignments and related office work with other employees
  • Able to perform manual work
  • Able to use or operate tools, equipment, and machines
  • Comfortable working on the water aboard small and large vessels
  • Familiarity with MS Office, ArcGIS, and/or R statistical software
  • Familiarity with basic coastal resources conservation and management principles/practices


For consideration, please contact Sara Coleman at scoleman@oysterrecovery.org with a cover letter, resume/CV, and a description of relative coursework by April 15, 2022.