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Maine Debris Research Internship

APPLY NOW for Summer 2023

Please note that this position is 100% remote.


Position Summary:

The intern will assist the Spatial Ecology, Mapping and Assessment Program (EcoMap) and the BalanceBLUE Lab in collating a multi-year dataset of marine debris sightings photographed during aerial surveys and will conduct basic analyses to identify potential trends (hotspots, seasonality, etc.). This work will support external ongoing efforts to document marine debris in the Northeast.

The intern will report to Orla O’Brien, Associate Scientist, in the Spatial Ecology, Mapping and Assessment Program, and will be provided topic area support by Lena Weiss, in the BalanceBLUE Lab. EcoMap leverages field research and cutting-edge analyses to understand marine species distribution patterns. They use this knowledge to assess risks to these species from human activities and to understand how these distribution patterns are changing in response to climate change. The BalanceBLUE Lab drives entrepreneurs, corporations, and ocean industries towards ocean-friendly practices, sustainability goals, and climate adaptation strategies.


Duties/Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

· Collate vertical camera photographs taken during aerial surveys where presence of marine debris was identified.

· Organize photos for easy access and create Excel datasheet.

· Help create figures and statistics on marine debris occurrence and identify potential trends.

· Communicate findings to internal and external groups.



· Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills.

· At least two years of completed undergraduate study.

· A demonstrated interest in environmental science, marine biology, and/or marine conservation.

· Experience with basic Microsoft Office platforms, especially Excel.

· Experience with basic statistical analysis, experience in GIS a plus.

· Must be highly self-motivated, with the ability to work flexibly and independently and part of a team.


Program Description:

The New England Aquarium’s mission is to protect the blue planet through hands-on programs, live animal and interactive exhibits, public lectures and forums, and research and conservation projects.

This mission is fulfilled through exhibits, and through education, conservation and research programs. Exhibits showcase the diversity, importance and beauty of aquatic life and habitats, and highlight critical aquatic conservation issues. Programs emphasize species, habitats and issues critical to New England. The Aquarium is also a pioneer in marine animal rescue, and a leading ocean conservation organization with research scientists working around the globe.

The New England Aquarium serves as a responsive community resource that attracts and involves the broadest possible audience; seeks a culturally diverse staff and governing board that reflect our community; adheres to the highest standards of animal stewardship; and is committed to delivering the highest quality visitor experience in a welcoming and enjoyable manner that evokes wonder, curiosity, understanding, caring and action.


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