Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays
Every year, the Peconic Estuary Partnership recruits several interns. Please review each internship description for application details and deadlines.
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 and coming up the Peconic River to spawn. The intern will assist PEP with analyzing the recorded video footage to help determine the abundance trend over 2019-2021. For more information and directions on how to apply, click here.
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 any volunteers that attend. 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. For more information and directions on how to apply for the 2020 season, click here.
The intern will walk project site to monitor for evidence of adult female terrapins during the nesting season from late May – early August and tag non-pregnant females before they are released. Nests will be protected from predators using excluder devices. The monitoring schedule is fixed and based on lunar cycles during the day time. This internship is based in East Hampton. For more information and directions on how to apply for the 2019 season, click here.
The intern will translate existing outreach materials, help create new material, and attend outreach events to help educate the Spanish speaking community. Based in Riverhead, some travel to east end towns is required. For more information and directions on how to apply for the 2019 season, click here.