Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays

Internship Opportunities

Every year, the Peconic Estuary Partnership recruits several interns. Please review each internship description for application details and deadlines. 

Alewife Monitoring Data Analysis Internship

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Every spring, Alewife travel from the ocean to coastal waters and eventually make their way into freshwater rivers and streams to spawn. However, barriers – such as dams and road culverts – can block them from reaching their spawning habitat. The Peconic Estuary Partnership is working with its partners to restore access for alewife to their critical freshwater habitat by providing passage through or around these barriers. In 2010 a fishway was built at the Grangebel Dam on the Peconic River, restoring access to 25 acres of habitat for alewife and other diadromous fish. Since the completion of this fishway, the PEP has been monitoring Alewife on the Peconic River, through visual fish counts and biological sampling. Beginning in the spring of 2019, PEP installed a video camera at the Grangebel Park fishway to get a better estimate of the number of Alewife using this fishway to travel up the Peconic River to spawn. Additionally, a fish passage was completed at Woodhull Dam in 2022, equipped with a fish camera. The intern will assist PEP with analyzing the recorded video footage to better understand alewife population abundance trends.  

Horseshoe Crab Monitoring Internship

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The Peconic Estuary Partnership hosts a Hampton Bays project site as part of an Island-wide study to monitor horseshoe crab populations. This internship will require 12 nights of monitoring (3 nights every other week) from May-June to collect environmental and biological data and lead interested volunteers. Monitoring times are based on high tides and can vary between 10pm-2:30am. Data entry and analysis will be based in Yaphank with flexible times. The intern must be comfortable handling live animals and have reliable transportation for monitoring nights. 

Otter Monitoring Internship

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The intern is responsible for assisting with the collection of scientific data on Peconic Estuary and Watershed Otter Surveys in the Spring from March through May. The intern must be available for an Otter Survey Workshop Training in February. The ideal candidate will have a biology background. 

Bilingual Outreach Internship

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The intern will translate existing outreach materials, develop new material, and attend outreach events to help educate the Spanish speaking community. Based in Riverhead, some travel to east end towns is required. 

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