Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays
Every year, the Peconic Estuary Program 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 Program 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. Last year we 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. PEP will install a video camera at the Grangebel fishway again in 2020 to monitor the alewife population. The intern will assist PEP with alewife monitoring and data analysis during the spring (March-May 2020). For more information and directions on how to apply for the 2020 season, click here.
*Closed for 2019 season*
The Peconic Estuary Program 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 2019 season, click here.
*Closed for 2019 season*
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.
Currently closed, but opening soon for 2019 season.
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.