Join the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia (CBNERR-VA) for a summer of diverse experiences working with multiple program areas, including:

  • Assist in long-term monitoring of marsh and forest habitats at four Reserve components along the York River Estuary
  • Assist in seagrass monitoring in the water
  • Assist in data entry (field sheets to digital format)
  • Assist in processing field samples in lab
  • Assist with habitat mapping efforts through collection of ground control data
  • Assist with infrastructure elevation surveys (utilizing GPS and digital level techniques)
  • Inventory species/habitats of concern in addition to invasive and nuisance species
  • Support CBNERR-VA education and outreach programs including teacher training, public outreach, and field-based summer camps
  • Responsible for assisting with several week-long summer camps for students in 3rd grade through 8th grade, including field experiences, laboratory activities, crafts, and general safety supervision
  • Assist in the dissemination and analysis of educational evaluations
  • Assist in the development, organization and delivery of communications content, including but not limited to digital content on web (blogs) and social media (posts), as well as the collection of multimedia (photographs, videos, interviews) pieces from experience in field
  • Provide technical support during virtual and in-person workshops or trainings
  • Assist in the development of materials for program promotion and delivery, including but not limited to: photos, flyers, presentations, and handouts
MISC: Description Maintenance and other duties as assigned:
  • Maintenance of CBNERR-VA associated infrastructure (e.g., boardwalks, monitoring platforms, hunting blinds) and equipment (vehicles and vessels).

We are hiring TWO students for this PAID position.

Required Qualifications

High School graduate or equivalent and enrolled in an undergraduate program for the Fall of 2024.
COMPETENICES (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):
  • Interest in marine science as a possible future career focus
  • Demonstrated confidence being on vessels (boats, canoes, kayaks), in water and working in the field in challenging conditions.
  • Basic competency in MS software packages (Excel, Power Point, Word or comparable document i.e. Google Docs) and social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube).
Past experience, which may include paid and unpaid experience, including school work and volunteer work, helps build the competencies and knowledge that translates to these openings.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Familiarity with Chesapeake Bay.
  • Exposure to data management and data analysis techniques through coursework
  • Demonstrated experience working with school-aged audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, professionally and reliably
  • Demonstrated ability using problem solving and creativity
  • Experience or exposure operating laboratory and/or field instrumentation.

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