Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) - Department of Parks, Montgomery County

Parkland managed by the Montgomery County Department of Parks makes up more than 10% of the County's land and serves as the county's "backyard", providing safe and green outdoor spaces, fun, educational programs and events, and a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Our mission is to protect and interpret our valuable natural and cultural resources; balance the demand for recreation with the need for conservation; offer a variety of enjoyable recreational activities that encourage healthy lifestyles; and provide clean, safe, and accessible places for leisure-time activities.

The Montgomery County Department of Parks seeks either a graduate or undergraduate level Natural Resource Intern in the Resource Analysis Section of the Park Planning and Stewardship Division to help manage the stewardship of 457 miles of streams, 26,000 acres of forest and more than 500 lakes, ponds, and stormwater management facilities and devices in the 38,000 acre park system. The successful candidate will have interest and/or knowledge in one or more of the following fields; aquatic ecology, fisheries, entomology, biological monitoring, stream restoration, land use planning, and/or GIS.

JOB TITLE: Natural Resource Intern

LOCATION: Park Planning & Stewardship Division, Resource Analysis Section Parkside Headquarters
9500 Brunett Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20901

TIME: Schedule to be worked out with supervisor, but core hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm DATES: May through August 2016

The Resource Analysis Section staff plans and coordinates an inter-agency effort to inventory and monitor the aquatic macro-invertebrates, fish and aquatic habitats in Montgomery County Park streams, ponds, and lakes in support of the Countywide Stream Protection Strategy, Watershed Restoration Plans, Area and Park Master Plans, Operation & Use Plans and special projects. Staff review and track environmental projects (e.g. stream restoration, stormwater management facilities, wetland creation, etc.) being designed by external agencies to be constructed and/or retrofitted on parkland. They are involved in the review of plans from the concept phase through final design to ensure that environmental impacts are limited and consistent with the Department of Parks’ mission regarding natural resource stewardship. Staff works to carry out the Department’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program to ensure that the Department stays in compliance with the state and federal NPDES regulations and coordinates with Federal, State and local agencies on watershed restoration efforts affecting County parkland.

The Resource Analysis Section also provides GIS capability to create, store, retrieve and analyze, accurate, up-to- date GIS data on natural and cultural resources in parks. Sensitive areas are mapped for all park projects during the earliest stages of the planning and development process. GIS mapping efforts facilitate maintenance, management and public safety.

The Natural Resource Intern will work directly with Resource Analysis staff, and will be asked to complete independent assignments over the duration of the program. Project assignments are dependent on the current needs of the Section and the education, experience, and interests of the candidate. General office work may include the use of GIS applications for mapping projects and analysis of resources, special projects related to biological monitoring data collection, and/or investigations of existing or potential impacts to parkland resources.

In addition to general office work, possible projects include collecting and identifying fish in the field; collecting and identifying herpetofauna in the field; performing habitat evaluations; and measuring water quality parameters (dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity) in the field. The Natural Resource Intern will be provided with the opportunity to work alongside specialists implementing a variety of stream restoration, stormwater management, and GIS projects and initiatives.


  1. Collecting and recording data in the field, either under direct supervision or independently.

  2. Working with staff to identify an independent project that will be completed over the course of the


  3. Present to Park staff and directorate on an independent project.

  4. Attend Summer MBSS training for biological monitoring.

  5. Assist with special projects as needed.


  1. Background or interest in ecology, fisheries, benthic macroinvertebrates, entomology, GIS, stream restoration, stormwater management and/or natural resource management.

  2. Ability to follow directions, pay attention to details, and work within deadlines.


  1. Position will be filled at either the undergraduate (Intern I, pay rate $12.28/hr.) or graduate (Intern II, pay rate $15.25/hr.) level, dependent upon experience.

  2. Demonstrate the ability to perform tasks necessary for project completion.

  3. Demonstrate the ability to work independently, as well as to work cooperatively with other staff.

  4. Be willing to commit to a pre-arranged schedule.

  5. Be able to work under somewhat arduous field conditions (walk significant distances, carry equipment,

    work in fast-flowing water).

  6. May drive Commission vehicle upon successful completion of Defensive Driving training.


Orientation to the Department of Parks and the Park Planning & Stewardship Division will be provided by staff. Specific project requirements will be discussed with supervisory staff members. Field equipment and techniques will be demonstrated by the project supervisor.

TO APPLY: By May 6, 2016, please send resume and cover letter to:

Amanda Matheny, Senior Natural Resources Specialist

Elding Whale Watching Research Assistant Opportunity


Elding Whale Watching Reykjavik is a family owned company and has been running since 2000. We are the original operator in Reykjavik, strict in abiding by IceWhale’s ( guidelines in vessel behaviour around wildlife and work with IFAW to stop Whaling in Iceland. We are also well known for our environmental policy. Elding also provides a platform for marine biologists to study the cetaceans we encounter to help build our knowledge and understanding. Elding also has ties with Whale Safari (, a RIB whale watching company and developing a new whale watching company in Akureyri (North Iceland) this up and coming summer. For further information please visit our website at

Elding Whale Watching Reykjavik is looking for two voluntary research assistants with a passport from an EEA country ( to assist for 5 months (1st May to the 31st September 2015). Assistants will assist in the long-tern data set that has been collected since 2007. Research is conducted in co-operation with the University of Iceland’s research center in Húsavik and it comprises of photo identification and behavioral studies mainly of minke whales and white-beaked dolphins but occasionally also humpback whales, orca, fin whales and basking sharks.

Research will be conducted on the whale watching tours (3 hours, 3 times a day). There will always be two assistants on board taking data and one on land processing, cropping, ID matching and uploading onto an online database. Each researcher will have four days at sea and two days on land processing. Working day averages at about 12-14 hours for those at sea and 6-8 hours those on land.  You will have every Sunday off work as well as bad weather days when tours are cancelled.

We are looking for assistant that;

  • Have a strong interest and education in marine science specifically cetaceans and marine birds.
  • Good spotting skills
  • Have experience on boats preferably above 17m and not acceptable to seasickness easily.
  • Be able to work calmly and politely under pressure and sometimes in stressful situations.
  • Must be a quick learner, adaptive, have a very good sense of humour, hard working, outgoing and generally a very positive person.
  • Willingness to work long hours outdoors in sometimes unfavorable weathers.
  • A Team Player
  • Physically fit - there may be some heavy lifting. i.e. moving cases of drinks or working with heavy ropes, being on your feet for most the day.
  • Don’t mind cleaning – lots of cleaning needs to be done on a daily basis, between and after tours and yes it also means cleaning up vomit and toilets.
  • Bar work – Each vessel has a bar where light refreshments are sold
  • Have their own equipment and good at using them e.g. DSLR camera and computer.

Assistants will be responsible for their own travel costs, travel insurance and personal expenses but accommodation is provided throughout the working period as well as an afternoon hot meal.

Further information on living and working in Iceland can be found at and



You will be living on an old converted capelin fishing boat that now acts as a permanently stationed gift shop/ waiting area/ small museum for our passengers in the heart of Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik. You will get your own small bedroom but the living area, shower room, kitchen and toilet, with all essentials, will be communal with the other researchers and maybe the occasional crewmember. All facilities are provided including wifi, fridge, cooker, bedding, towels etc.

Elding prides itself on teamwork, no job is too small or too big for any of our staff members. We work together to make sure everything is finished for the following day. So being a team player is also very important.


How to apply:

Please email your C.V. and introduction of yourself in English specifying any relevant experience and languages you have, also why you would be good for the job with the contact details of one reference to Megan (

Deadline for applications is the 15th April and those that are successful will be contacted no later than the 20th. Due to the late notice we will look at all applications but will prioritise those that can stay the longest.


Kind Regards

Megan Whittaker
Head Naturalist and Research co-ordinator
Elding Adventures at Sea
Ægisgarður 5, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Tel. (+354) 519 5090 


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Dolphin & Porpoise Research Internships

On behalf of the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI), I am pleased to announce that we are currently accepting internship applications for August-October 2016 and from January 16th for the new 2017 season (a minimum of 30 days of participation) for our research project along the North-western coast of Spain. There are still few vacancies available. BDRI invites applications for internships/thesis projects in a dynamic, international, and competitive research environment. 

Interns can expect to gain a solid foundation in cetaceans conservation behaviour with a focus on dolphins ethology, habitat use and communication. BDRI offers interns the chance to work through the many steps of research. Your participation means that you will not only be observing the studied animals at sea, but you will also be collecting different types of scientific data, using various research methods, and helping on board the research vessel in general. When back in the lab, you will participate in the transcription of the collected data, with the database work, you will use various softwares, perform photo-identification analysis, use of GIS and more. Furthermore, as the Galician coastline is known for frequent strandings of various marine mammals species, you will be a part of an important network for rescue and data collection from these stranded animals. 

The BDRI is a private and self-funded centre, hence, there is no compensation for the internship positions. There is an interships fee that includes the accommodation in an apartment, tuition and other expenses derived of your participation (housing, wifi, use of equipment, field trips by car, and use of research vessel). Successful applicants will be responsible for their own transportation expenses to and from the research centre (O Grove, Galicia, Spain).

Internship start and end dates are flexible but the position requires a minimum of 30 days continuous. Approved applications are accepted on a first-come, first serve basis. Prior field research experience is recommended but not required.

Please download the internships general information and application form at:


Send the application form, resume, recommendation letters, and cover letter by email to:

For more information about BDRI's research and conservation work, please visit or our Facebook page.


See you on site!


Bruno Diaz Lopez
Chief Biologist and Director
Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI)
Av. Beiramar 192, O Grove CP. 36980
tel. 00 34 605 521441

AGI Workforce Program Internship Opportunities

AGI is pleased to announce two distinct (PAID!) internship opportunities in its Workforce Program for Summer 2014.  

The AGI Workforce Program tracks the supple and demand of geoscientists by collection original data and analyzing existing data from Federal and industry coerces, in order to inform the geoscience community of workforce trends and issues though regular reports. The Workforce Program also engages the next generation of geoscientists by supporting students recruitment at the college level and by communicating with students, faculty, and non-academic professionals about making the transition into the geoscience workforce after graduation. 

2014 Summer Data Internship

AGI's Workforce Program is seeking an intern to work with the Workforce Staff this summer.  Tasks will include selected research and analysis projects, data entry, quality control of new data, and database management for AGI's Geoscience Student Exit Survey and AGI's Directory of Geoscience Departments.  There may be other activities that generally support the activities of the workforce program, such as communication with geoscience societies and university departments and creating new documents and materials related to issues concerning the geoscience community.  

This internship is intended for students (either pursuing an undergraduate or Master's degree) with experience in data collection, data entry and database management.  A background in geosciences is not required to apply for this position, but is strongly encouraged.  Strong communication and teamwork skills are required.  

The internship is 12 weeks long and includes a $5,000 stipend.  The starting date is flexible.  The internship will be held in the offices for the American Geosciences Institute in Alexandria, VA.  The intern will be responsible for finding a housing arrangement if needed.  

To apply for this position, please send a resume with a cover letter describing how your experience will help you in this position.  Please also include names and contact information for two references via email to,  with the subject heading "Summer Work force Data Internship."

All applications must be received by March, 10, 2013.  All applications must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. 

AGI is an equal opportunity employer. 

2014 Summer Science Education Research Internship

AGI's Workforce Program is seeking an intern to work with the Workforce Staff this summer specifically on a funded National Science Foundation grant (#1202707).  This research grant is investigating Master's programs in the geosciences, what students are learning, what is being taught, and how well aligned theses are to what skills and competencies are needed within the workforce.  Online, Likert-syle surveys have been deployed.  Tasks for the intern will mainly include final data collection, data entry and cleaning, data analysis and development of resources for the geoscience community.  These may be other items that pertain to the grant, such as communication with geoscientific societies and university departments and creating new documents and materials related to issues concerning skills and competencies for the geoscience community,

This internship is intended for students (either pursuing an undergraduate or Master's degree) with experience in science education research, including data collection and analysis.  A background in geosciences is not required to apply for this position, but is strongly encouraged.  Strong communication and teamwork skills are required. 

The internship is 12 weeks long and includes a $5,000 stipend.  The starting date is flexible.  The internship will be held in the offices for the American Geosciences institute in Alexandria, VA.  The intern will be responsible for finding a housing arrangement if needed. 

To apply for this position, please send a resume or CV with a cover letter describing how your experience will help you in this position.  Please also include names and contact information for two references via email to, with the subject heading "Summer Workforce Science Education Researcher Internship."

All applications must be received by March 10, 2013.  All applicants just be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. 

AGI is an equal opportunity employer

Internships at the White House Council on Environmental Quality

The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) interns are given a wide range of assignments including conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings, and writing memos on a variety of environmental issues.  Interns have the opportunity to be involved in groundbreaking projects, working closely with staff from all levels and a variety of backgrounds.  The pace in the office is fast, so accuracy and attention to detail are absolute requirements.  Interns can expect to begin with the basics and gradually add more specialized projects as they gain experience.

Other essential intern duties include answering phones, routing mail, copying  documents, filing and retrieving information (conventionally or electronically), assembling briefing materials and performing assigned research tasks. 

Qualifications Needed: We are seeking students who are:

  • Highly motivated
  • Willing to contribute where needed
  • Have the ability to handle the inherent pressure that comes with working within the Executive Office of the President.

Additionally, candidates should have:

  • Excellent communications skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Relevant classroom or practical experience

We strongly prefer candidates who are available to work full-time, but will consider applicants who cannot.  CEQ will work with interns who are attempting to arrange credit with a college or university to help fulfill academic requirements.   All internship positions are unpaid.

Most interns work a typical semester-based schedule (May – August, September – December, January – April); however a position may be customized based on applicant availability and project needs.

Deadlines for applications are March 1 (Summer), July 1 (Fall), and November 1 (Spring).

Internship Application: Download the CEQ Internship Application (pdf) 

Federal Affairs Intern at DC Office of Wildlife Conservation Society

Title: Federal Affairs Intern
Location: Washington, .C.
Job Type: Volunteers and Interns
FLSA: Non-exempt
Date: 09-27-2013

Job Description:
Department: Federal Affairs, Washington, D.C.
Title: Federal Affairs Intern
Duration of Internship: January ' May 2014
Schedule: 25 hours/week

The Washington, D.C. Office of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) seeks motivated, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented Federal Affairs interns for the spring term (January through May). These interns will have the opportunity to help shape policy that will protect wildlife and natural resources on a global scale, and learn about the legislative process first-hand. 

The components of this internship will include the following:

-Track developments in Congress and relevant Federal Agencies related to natural resources, foreign policy and climate change
-Research and analyze federal funding allocations to programs addressing WCS priority issues
-Attend briefings and hearings on Capitol Hill
-Provide operational support to WCS's D.C. office

This internship is unpaid but there is a travel stipend. Academic credit is provided, if applicable.

The ideal candidate for this internship should be a Master's degree student with a concentration in political affairs, foreign policy, climate change, natural resources policy or a law student with a strong interest/background in legislation and policy. Advanced undergraduate students will also be considered. 

Additional qualifications for an ideal candidate include:

-Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
-Interest/background in wildlife conservation, foreign policy, climate change, and other federal legislative issues
-Willingness to take initiative, and the ability to collaborate effectively as a member of a team
- Commitment of 25 hours/week

For full consideration of your application for this internship, please include in your cover letter your interest in this internship and your availability.