Internship and Job Resources

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A list of resources to help our current students and graduates land the perfect internship or job in both marine science and environmental studies.

Some General Search Links for Internships and Jobs 

Specific Internship Opportunities and Deadlines

Below are some individual opportunities, instead of more general searches, most of which are paid opportunities.  Deadlines are listed for 2021, but many internship programs are likely to be offered in subsequent years. You can also search by the same job tile and organization in internet search engines for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: Application deadlines included where possible, but confirm deadlines on each program website. 

New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program is an environmental stewardship-oriented AmeriCorps program designed to raise awareness about water concerns. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has hosted the program since 2000, and while the program has evolved over the last 22 years, its main goals have remained the same: promote watershed stewardship through education and direct community involvement and monitor the health of our waterways through conducting stream assessments.

Twenty (20) Watershed Ambassadors serve from partner host agency locations, with one located in each of New Jersey’s Watershed Management Areas. From Sussex to Cape May counties! Three (3) Source Water Protection Ambassadors serve from partner host agency locations, in north, central, and south locations and will engage in outreach and education campaigns that will lead to the protection of drinking water sources. Ambassadors serve with all sectors of society to improve the quality of New Jersey’s waterways by:

  • educating the public on watershed science.
  • implementing community green infrastructure.
  • encouraging them to get involved in local stewardship actions.
  • stewardship projects partnering with local organizations and community volunteers.
  • performing habitat and biological assessments following DEP monitoring protocols to monitor the health of their WMA’s streams.

Throughout the program, extensive training in highly sought-after skills in the environmental field are provided, including ArcGIS, fieldwork experience, grant writing, project management, public speaking and presentations, green infrastructure, and science communication. Members exit the program prepared to further their careers in the environmental field!

Program staff reviews applications in the order they are submitted and the choice of WMA/ SWP location is assigned on a first come first serve basis, so don’t delay your application! The deadline is July 15th.

Positions we will be hiring for:

20 full-time Watershed Ambassador positions (35-40 hours a week, September-July, 1700 total hours)

3 part-time Source Water Protection (SWP) Ambassador positions (25-30 hours a week, September-April, 900 total hours)

*both Watershed Ambassadors and SWP Ambassadors serve together and are part of the same cohort.

Part-time and full-time position descriptions are available. 

Click here for the full-time and part-time applications. More facts sheets about the program can be found here.

You can also use the search feature on the AmeriCorps Portal to find either application. We are a State National Program located in New Jersey. The name of the full time position is “2022 -23 AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program” and the part time position is “NJDEP - SWP Ambassadors Source Water”.

All interested applicants should create an account on the “My AmeriCorps” website before they will be able to apply. Since this is an AmeriCorps Program, applicants apply through the AmeriCorps Portal.

Interested applicants can reach out to Samantha Pfeffer ( or Amanda Baksa ( with any questions or concerns.

We will be holding a virtual Open House event on Monday July 11th, 10 AM - 12 PM. This would be a great time for anyone interested in the program to learn more and ask questions. We will even have a few of our current members there to share their perspectives!


Rutgers Laboratory Researcher IV: SEBS-Haskin Shellfish Research Lab

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Laboratory Researcher IV for the Haskin Shellfish Research Lab. Duties include but are not limited to production of cultchless eastern oyster, bay scallop, and surf clam seed in accordance with existing NJAIC protocol for sale to private industry, coordination and interaction with private industry growers, assisting with ongoing externally funded culture efforts, and training and oversight of a small team of seasonal undergraduate and graduate student technicians.

Among the key duties of this position are the following:
  • Oversee daily bivalve hatchery activities including broodstock conditioning, spawning, larval rearing, post-set husbandry, and grow-out of juveniles.
  • Manages all shellfish production orders, ensures shellfish industry growers obtain product in a fair and timely manner, as well as coordinates with principal secretary to maintain a transparent payment and delivery system.
  • Trains and oversees seasonal technicians in culture techniques and equipment handling/maintenance.
  • Installs and maintains laboratory support systems, culture equipment, and facility equipment.

Rutgers Seasonal Marine Field Worker: SEBS-Haskin Shellfish Research Lab

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Seasonal Marine Field Worker for the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory Complex. This position will be at the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory Complex which includes the Haskin Shellfish Lab in Port Norris, NJ, the Cape Shore Laboratory in Green Creek, NJ, the New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center in North Cape May, NJ and the Fisheries Cooperative Center in Cape May, NJ as well as occasional travel to field sited and may include work onboard boats.

Among the key duties of this position are the following:
  • Duties associated with this position include microalgal culture, assisting in spawning of bivalve mollusks, rearing of larvae and post-set juveniles, maintenance of hatchery larval and downweller tanks and nursery upweller raceway tanks and equipment.

Only two days left to apply. Check back for extensions. 

Research Internship in Ocean Sciences Program (RIOS) 

All RIOS internships are full for the summer of 2022, for summer of 2023 applications are due in February. 

RIOS is an undergraduate research program that will introduce you to an active and collaborative ocean research environment. With support from the National Science Foundation, you will conduct ocean research over a paid, 10-week summer internship offered by the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Continuing undergraduate students pursuing majors in environmental sciences, engineering, geology, biology, physics, or mathematics are encouraged to apply.

  • You will interact with scientific leaders in ocean and environmental research
  • You will start building a network of contacts for a future science career and advanced graduate study
  • You will gain research, proposal writing, and presentation skills
  • You will get a $6,000 stipend, free room, and paid travel expenses*
  • You will be close to New York City, Philadelphia, and the New Jersey shore

RISE at Rutgers 
Is a nationally acclaimed summer research program for outstanding undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. Scholars participate in 10 weeks of cutting-edge research in the biological, physical, and social/ behavioral sciences, math, engineering, and exciting interdisciplinary areas under the guidance of carefully matched faculty mentors. A comprehensive professional development component, including GRE preparation, complements the research. (Rolling admissions; spaces filled by March 1st)

Check the page linked above for summer events and dates of symposiums.

University of Maine Darling Marine Center based labs and projects are looking to fill paid summer internship positions with undergraduate students. Opportunities are posted as they become available (typically February-April, each year). Hiring is done by individual faculty and visiting researchers.