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Fisheries Science Field Intern

Apply now for: Summer 2022


Time commitment: Summer: 12-16 Weeks. At least Two Full Days per week, although there is some scheduling flexibility. Preferred start June 1. Position will work remotely and in the field.

Position Summary: The Fisheries Science and Emerging Technologies research program is seeking an intern to assist with a number of field-based projects in southern New England focused primarily on marine fishes. The intern will assist with the preparation and maintenance of research equipment, the execution of field work, and the input and basic management of scientific data. The position will be based primarily on Cape Cod, but work activities may occur in other locations in southeast Massachusetts, Boston, and Rhode Island. The intern must be available to start by June 1, 2022 and be able to travel throughout the areas named in the previous sentence from June through August. Residency in the southeastern Massachusetts region, particularly on Cape Cod, is strongly preferred.


Duties/Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Accompany and support research team during offshore field work (both day and overnight trips), which will include rod and reel fishing, tagging of target species, and maintaining in-situ monitoring equipment.
  • Assist with entry, maintenance, and organization of scientific data.
  • Help to clean, store, prepare, organize, and maintain field research equipment. 
  • Help with cleaning and maintenance of a research vessel.
  • Complete a marine safety training course.


  •  A minimum of 3 years of completed undergraduate study required; completion of undergraduate degree preferred.
  • A demonstrated interest in biology, ecology, marine conservation, and/or fisheries science. 
  • Must have extensive boating and fishing experience and be willing and able to perform duties at sea on vessels in varied conditions.
  • Demonstrated experience with marine-based research required. Must have ability to work flexible hours, including long (14+ hour days), nights, weekends, and multi-day trips. 
  • Must have own transportation to field sites around southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. 
  • Ability to work well with a team in challenging and uncomfortable environments and for prolonged periods of time in tight quarters and shared spaces.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint) required. 


Program Description:

The Fisheries Science and Emerging Technologies (FSET) Program delivers the scientific data fisheries managers and conservation leaders need to make responsible and informed decisions about some of the ocean’s most ecologically- and economically-important species. Through the development and utilization of cutting-edge technology, FSET delivers sound data on key factors including: movement patterns, biology, life-history, population structure, and response to acute or long-term stressors—all of which are necessary improve the management and conservation of threatened and data-poor species.  We pioneer new technologies and methodologies that address these data deficiencies and provide timely answers to pivotal management and conservation questions. 

The cornerstone of FSET research is our innovative use of cutting-edge technology.  Our electronic tagging technologies—including acoustic and satellite telemetry and high-resolution acceleration data loggers—allow us to achieve unprecedented insight into the lives of marine species and to explore novel approaches to significant issues. Also integral to FSET’s success are the strong relationships we have forged with industry partners within commercial and recreational fisheries, as well as state and federal management entities. By working side-by-side with our fishing industry partners, we greatly enhance the objectivity and applicability of our research, and facilitate the translation of our findings into responsible fishing practices. Our close connection to management bodies also ensures the rapid incorporation of our results into fisheries management and conservation processes and policies. 


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