Salt Marsh Internship

National Wildlife Refuge System
January 7, 2022
Maine, United States of America
Closing date
22nd February 2022


One full time intern is needed to support the Land Management and Research Demonstration (LMRD) projects on Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Maine. This position requires a strong interest in coastal ecology. Applicants should be able to identify coastal/ estuarine plants and fish using prior knowledge/field guides. Candidates should also be able to conduct field surveys/monitoring for vegetation, fish and environmental conditions and hand removal of invasive plants. The successful applicant will also have basic statistical, GPS and GIS knowledge.

Primary responsibilities (80% of duties) include but are not limited to: tidal marsh surveys and monitoring, data entry and QA/QC, assistance with report writing, and equipment preparation and maintenance. Additional responsibilities (20% of duties) include but are not limited to: providing public outreach and education, habitat restoration and management, and general refuge maintenance /operations.

Intern will be required to work some weekends and holidays. Intern must be able to work in small groups and independently with minimal supervision, follow written protocols, be attentive to details, accurately complete datasheets, and have good communication and organizational skills. This position requires the employee to conduct field work in varied conditions (harsh sunlight to light rain, firm to unstable footing, moist to hip deep water), carry moderate loads (30-50 lbs), use hand tools to dig/ pull plants, and exposure to high humidity and biting insects. Intern must possess valid driver’s license.

General requirements:

  • U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
  • Valid state driver's license.
  • Must be able to work independently and in small teams; must have good observational skills and communication skills.
  • Schedule flexibility, including weekend, holidays, and morning/ evening shifts
  • Willingness to follow federal COVID-19 policies and guidance


  • $250 weekly living stipend
  • Free co-ed bunkhouse style lodging with laundry and wi-fi on Rachel Carson NWR may be available (as COVID-19 regulations allow).
  • Professional development, training, and networking opportunities.
  • Work vehicle and equipment provided


Email application package as a single .PDF file to Bri Benvenuti ( by February 11, 2022 that includes:

  • Cover letter that addresses the listed qualifications for the position of interest.
  • Resume documenting your work experience, education, skills, interests, contact information, etc.
  • Contact information for three professional references (must include email and phone number for each reference).
  • Unofficial copy of current college transcript
  • To be considered, application packet must have all four items combined into a SINGLE PDF file and follow the naming convention below.
  • Application must be named with internship type and first/last name as such RCNWR_saltmarsh_LastFirst.
  • Candidates are required to participate in a phone/Microsoft Teams interview.

For More Information Contact:

Bri Benvenuti (Biological Technician)

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

321 Port Road
Wells, ME 04090
(207) 646-9226 x34


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