Marine Education Internship: Summer 2015

The Center for Coastal Studies is a non-profit organization dedicated to conducting scientific research with emphasis on marine mammals of the western North Atlantic and on the coastal and marine habitats and resources of the Gulf of Maine.  CCS has been conducting research and marine and coastal educational programs on Cape Cod for over 37 years.

Education Responsibilities
Intern will assist with environmental education programs, including on-site programs, off-site programs, and festivals, including CCS’s signature summer week of events: Whale Week:  A Celebration of the Sea.  Interns will assist in the staffing of the Center’s informational and sales kiosk on MacMillian Pier, and our new exhibit space near Commercial St; designing and delivering presentations, answering questions about CCS, marine mammals and ocean conservation issues, and other general duties.  Intern may assist with boat based harbor exploration cruises and educational advertising.

Other Responsibilities: Each intern will take on a project which they will work on for the duration of their internship.

Interns must have their own transportation, and housing is not provided. A small stipend is provided.


-The internship is open to students who are currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from an accredited college or university.  High school students may also be considered.
-Preference will be given to students or recent graduates working towards environmental studies, education, marine science, biology or other related fields.
-Intern should demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills.
-Intern should be a self-starter able to take responsibility for completing projects.
-Students who are adaptable, responsible, hard working, willing to learn, and have attention to detail are encouraged to apply.
-Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
-Must be comfortable working with all ages.
-Must be comfortable working outside in all conditions.
-Must be comfortable working with and handling marine species.
-Interns must be able to commit to at least two-three months; preferred start date-end date beginning June to mid August, but dates are flexible based on school schedules.
-Interns must work a minimum of 20 hours per week.
-Schedule is flexible but intern may have to work some weekends and evenings.
-Preference will be given to students with secured housing on Cape Cod.

To Apply: Send resume, cover letter, and one letter of reference to Stephanie Richardson at or 115 Bradford St, Provincetown, Massachusetts 02567. Applications must be received by April 3rd, 2015.

Capacity for Conservation

The Center for Coastal Studies and the Dolphin Fleet offer training and collaborative research opportunities to students and professionals from the Dominican Republic, the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR) and other parts of the world.  Training is provided on large whale research techniques, as well as data collection and education from whale watching platforms. The program also provides cross-training for scientists and managers and encourages research collaborations. The program focuses on the Gulf of Maine humpback whale population, which summers off New England and winters in the Caribbean. It provides particular support for the Sister Sanctuary relationship between the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (SBNMS) off Massachusetts, and the Santuario de Mamíferos Marinos de la República Dominicana (SMMRD) off the Dominican Republic.

Each year, one or two positions may be available to qualified international applicants, especially from the Dominican Republic and the WCR. They will focus on some or all of the following, depending on the interests and background of the applicant:

Scientific research (Center for Coastal Studies, Dr. Jooke Robbins)

-Humpback whale photo-identification and cataloguing
-Scientific data collection in the SBNMS and greater Gulf of Maine
-Data processing, data management skills and analytical techniques
-Research projects based on data from the SBNMS/GOM and/or the SMMRD/WCR
-Exposure to human impact studies, response and mitigation

Education and Outreach (Dolphin Fleet, Dr. Carole Carlson)

-Whale watch naturalist training
-Development of whale watch educational materials
-Outreach to local schools and the general public
-Experience collecting data from platforms of opportunity

Primary program partners include the Fundación Dominicana de Estudios Marinos, Inc. (FUNDEMAR), the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (SBNMS/NOAA) and the Universidad Instituto Technológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC). Past support for this program has been generously provided by the Cetacean Society International, the Wendy Joan Shadwell Fund for Whale Watch Naturalist Training and Education, CCS and the DF.