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Presque Isle Summer Internships 2018

Research Technician: Spend the summer learning field and laboratory techniques from the Regional Science Consortium and working on real research projects. Paid or unpaid. Please submit resumes and cover letters to Amber Stilwell at amber@regsciconsort.com by the end of February. Early application will be considered first.

Invasive Species Management: Spend the entire summer outside doing field work. You will be removing invasive plants in the wetland areas by digging, cutting, pulling, or spraying with herbicide. Paid. Contact: hbest@pa.gov

Water Quality: Collect water samples at the swimming beaches and then plate and count those samples in the lab. When done with that work you will meet up with the invasive species crew. Paid. Contact: hbest@pa.gov

Environmental Education: Work with the Environmental Education staff to assist with programming throughout the summer. Paid or unpaid. Contact: adesarro@pa.gov

Marketing: Work with our Community Relations Specialist to market the park, TREC, the Big Green Screen, etc. to our community. Paid or unpaid. Contact: marrutkows@pa.gov

Please submit cover letter and resume to the contact email for the position you are interested in. Apply before the end of February.

Summer 2018 NOAA Student Job Opportunities Now Open

Postings for each job announcement can be found on usajobs.gov. A list of opportunities and corresponding links is included in the document below.

2018 NOAA Positions

Social Scientist, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management (OCM) is seeking a Social Scientist to support the NOAA Water Initiative. This position will be employed by The Baldwin Group (TBG) under a contract with the Office for Coastal Management. The successful candidate will work closely with our existing social science staff and with diverse, interdisciplinary teams; assist in the development of social science products and reports; provide technical assistance to the National Water Center (NWC) customers and partner groups; and support social science-based projects.

Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Design and administer customer surveys, focus groups, and interviews
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Manage, display, and report social scientific data
  • Provide technical support on non-economic, social science-based research and stakeholder engagement activities
  • Support the coordination of social science information between NWC and other offices within NOAA
  • Develop and deliver presentations on social science-based activities supported by NWC
  • Engage user groups and conduct focus groups to identify and document stakeholder needs
  • Lead region-specific needs assessments to support NWC
  • Support work focused on community vulnerability assessments and water quantity issues
  • Synthesize academic, government, research, and policy documents/reports



  • MS in a non-economic, social science field (sociology, psychology, anthropology, communications, or related discipline) plus three to five years’ experience
  • Ability to code and create social science data sets
  • Proficient in delivering public presentations, delivering professional content, and moderating focus groups
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and facilitate effective meetings
  • Ability to communicate social science-based concepts and principles to diverse audiences
  • Self-starter with the ability to work in a team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with management, colleagues, and external partners
  • Understanding of water resource management or a related field


  • Familiarity with social network analysis concepts
  • Experience working with state and federal agencies
  • Experience with environmental planning and policy, marine science, coastal management, or related field

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please email your resume with a cover letter outlining your qualifications to:
Subject: “Social Scientist”

Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer

Chris Ellis, Ph.D.
Social Scientist
NOAA Office for Coastal Management
2234 S. Hobson Avenue
Charleston, SC 29405-2413

Summer Field Assistant for the Purple Martin Conservation Association

The Purple Martin Conservation Association is seeking a field assistant for the summer.  Below is the job description and who to contact if you are interested in the position.

The Purple Martin Conservation Association is a non paid volunteer to assist 3 – 5 days per week from April through August (flexible hours from approximately 9:30 – 2) to assist with:

  • Learning about Purple Martins and managing their colonies
  • Assist with data entry on the computer
  • Band reading in the field
  • Assist with leg banding
  • Assist with trapping invasive species
  • Provide educational support to the public

This person will possess the following skills: Ability to lift items weighing 50+lbs, ability to work on the computer for extended periods, ability to learn new software, desire and ability to read bands in the field, ability to spend days outside in the elements working on housing management for bird. Please contact Joe if you are interested in learning more at joe@purplemartin.org or call at 833-7656.

SeaGrant Opportunities

Pennsylvania Sea Grant offers a wide range of opportunities for students, including internships, fellowships, and stewardship activities. See their website for more details: http://seagrant.psu.edu/section/student-opportunities-internshipsfellowships


PA Outdoor Corps Crew Leaders Needed

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization, seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire youth members for the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps. Crew leaders train, supervise and administer crews of 10 members, between the ages of 15 and 18, working on a variety of outdoor conservation projects, including trail maintenance, vegetation management, invasive species removal, park maintenance and light construction. Two leaders are assigned to each crew.

More information here: LeaderHiringPost

Assistant Research Scientist (G14) Microbiology OR Research Scientist 1 (G18) Microbiology OR  Research Scientist 2 (G22) Microbiology


Assistant Research Scientist (G14)- Bachelor’s degree in in Biological Sciences or a related field and one year of post-degree professional experience in the appropriate field.  Thirty graduate hours leading to an advanced degree in an appropriate field may be substituted for the required experience.

Research Scientist 1 (G18) – Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences or a related field and two years of professional post degree research experience in the appropriate field; or a master’s degree in Biological Sciences or a related field and one year of post-degree experience in the appropriate field; or a doctorate in the appropriate field.

Research Scientist 2 (G22) – Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences or a related field and three years of professional post degree research experience in the appropriate field; or a master’s degree in Biological Sciences or a related field and two years of post-degree experience in the appropriate field; or a doctorate in the appropriate field.

See link for more details: https://www.health.ny.gov/employment/12257.pdf

Invasive Species Program Director position available

This position will provide leadership by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in managing invasive species that threaten habitat and species targets across Ontario with a focus on Ontario Region’s priority Natural Areas. The role will actively engage and coordinate external partners, including NGOs, government agencies, Conservation Authorities, landowners and landowner groups, and other interest groups, to collaborate to manage invasive species at a landscape scale.  The position will also provide leadership to staff working on NCC lands in Natural Areas regarding the latest techniques, technology and strategies that will advance invasive species control. Invasive species are one of the greatest threats to native biodiversity on NCC lands and in NCC’s Natural Areas in Ontario. Aggressive and ongoing control based on the latest tools and strategies is necessary to maintain and restore Natural Area conservation targets.

See link for more details: http://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/who-we-are/work-with-us/invasive-species-program-director-on.html

Environment Erie – Accounting Clerk, Part Time

Position accountable to: Executive Director Job Purpose Summary Manage accounting/bookkeeping, assist with maintaining and managing budgets, participate in major activities and programs as needed for Environment Erie. This is a part-time permanent position at 20 hours per week.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities for the Position

  • Everyday bookkeeping and accounting entries into QuickBooks
  • Maintain financial records
  • Prepare and complete tax documents/activities
  • Complete payroll and all payroll functions
  • Manage grant finances and budgets
  • Manage accounting functions of fundraising

For more information on this position, see the following PDF: Environment Erie Position: accounting-clerk


Become a DCNR Conservation Volunteer.

Follow this link for details: https://www.volunteers.dcnr.state.pa.us/index.aspx

View this Word Doc for an informational pamphlet on volunteering with DCNR and Presque Isle State Park: Vol. Brochure (1)

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