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The Wetlands Institute seeks applicants for a temporary, full-time, seasonal Coordinator for our 10-week summer undergraduate research intern program. Located on the Cape May Peninsula of southern New Jersey, The Wetlands Institute promotes research, conservation, and education through a variety of community-engagement projects, educational programs, and field studies. The Internship Coordinator will work closely with Institute staff to lead six research interns as they gain hands-on experience in our core research and conservation programs, with focus on diamondback terrapins, horseshoe crabs, coastal birds, and coastal and wetland ecosystem dynamics.

Primary tasks include:

  • supervise and direct interns in group and individual research projects
  • oversee and coordinate schedules, logistics, data management, and quality control
  • participate and supervise interns in ongoing data collection and outreach activities

Additional responsibilities include:

  • mentor students in the development, completion, and presentation of individual research projects
  • coordinate with Institute staff to develop weekly schedules for multiple project activities
  • develop and deliver weekly professional development seminars
  • promote and demonstrate positive attitude, research ethics, and personnel safety
  • ensure adherence to protocols and facilitate collection of data for existing projects
  • maintain regular communication with staff, partners, and volunteers
  • oversee use and maintenance of research equipment
  • document intern activities through photographs, video, and articles

Required qualifications for the position include:

  • an enthusiasm and strong desire to provide a positive and engaging learning experience for undergraduate students
  • advanced degree (earned or in progress) in biology, ecology, conservation biology or related field; Ph.D. or M.S.
  • field research, supervisory, and undergraduate teaching and/or mentorship experience
  • broad knowledge of coastal and wetland habitats and organisms
  • strong organizational and project management skills
  • proficiency in data management and statistical analysis/programs
  • ability to work long hours, including early mornings, nights, weekends, and holidays, and tolerate variable environmental conditions including heat, rain, and biting insects
  • desired qualifications include: research experience related to the above core research programs, boat operation experience, familiarity with ArcGIS 

The duration of the position is approximately 12 weeks (mid-May to early August), with some flexibility for start and end dates. Opportunities may exist to conduct your own research or contribute to ongoing projects. Salary is competitive and dependent on experience. Housing is not provided. A valid driver’s license and personal transportation is required. More information about the internship program is available at

Please submit: 1) cover letter detailing interest, qualifications, and availability for position, 2) CV, 3) contact information for three professional references to Lisa Ferguson: Please include “CCRP Intern Coordinator” in the subject line. Application deadline is March 1, 2019.

The Wetlands Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer: We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions are based on job-related factors.