Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays

Internship Opportunities

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

 

Alewife Monitoring Internship

*Open for applications until February 15th, 2019*

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. This year we are looking to put in a video monitor 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. For more information and directions on how to apply for the 2019 season (March – May), click here.

 

Horseshoe Crab Monitoring Internship

Currently closed, but opening soon for 2019 season.

The Peconic Estuary Program hosts the Hampton Bays site as part 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 Riverhead with flexible times. The intern must be comfortable handling live animals.  For more information and directions on how to apply for the 2018 season, click here.

 

Terrapin Monitoring Internship

Currently closed, but opening soon for 2019 season.

The intern will collect biological data from adult female terrapins during the nesting season from June-July and tag them before they are released. Nests will be protected from predators using excluder devices. The monitoring schedule is fixed and based on lunar cycles.  This internship is based in Sag Harbor.  For more information and directions on how to apply for the 2018 season, click here.

 

Communications Internship

Currently closed, but opening soon for 2019 season.

The communications intern will help PEP manage and
develop social media strategies to gain followers, assist in creating a newsletter, write a blog entry for our website, and create a short video to be released during National Estuaries Week in September. This internship is based in Riverhead, frequent travel to east end towns is required.  For more information and directions on how to apply for the 2018 season, click here.

 

Bilingual Outreach Internship

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 2018 season, click here.

 

GIS Internship

Currently closed, but opening soon for 2019 season.

The intern will assist with PEP’s mapping needs, which includes identifying and mapping hardened shoreline structures around the Peconic Estuary, contributing to a new website page called the “State of the Estuary,” creating maps for outreach materials, and more.  For more information and directions on how to apply for the 2018 season, click here.

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