Internships

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Phillips Wharf offers a number of internship opportunities for college students interested in studying marine and environmental sciences as well as college graduates looking to gain experience and assistance entering the field.

It is essential that applicants be comfortable teaching and interacting with children due to the many field trips we host. On-property housing is provided in a shared staff house; rent, utilities, furnishings, and wifi included free-of-charge.

  • Strongly recommended that applicants have a car. The area is very remote, there is no public transport, and the closest grocery store is 14 miles away.

 

To discuss our Internship program and specific opportunities, please contact us at 410-886-9200 or missy@pwec.org

Environmental Science Education Internship

Internship will be 4 days per week, unpaid, housing provided. Recent college graduates with an interest in environmental education is especially desirable. Current college students may also apply, if they are taking the semester off or looking for a summer internship.

Responsibilities:

    • Write and carry out lesson plans for students of all ages.
    • Teach lessons to PreK-12 students visiting Phillips Wharf on field trips and travel with the Fishmobile on visits to schools and festivals throughout Maryland.
    • Welcome visitors to the center and give them in-depth tours of our facility, teaching them about modern issues relevant to the Chesapeake Bay region.
    • Assist with general grounds labor such as cleaning indoor facilities, site prep for special events, and occasionally assisting with our oyster aquaculture operation.

Requirements:

    • Recent college graduate with a degree in education, biology, marine science, environmental science, or a related field.
    • Must be able to lift 50lbs. Must be comfortable working on small skiff boat for long periods of time, working outdoors in all weather conditions, and getting wet and dirty continuously throughout the day.
    • Must be able to work closely with animals (large fish ,crabs, turtles) and small children.
    • Kayak certification is preferred
    • Must have good public speaking skills.

Aquaculture Internship

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Internship will be 4 days per week, unpaid, housing provided. Recent college graduates with an interest in sustainable aquaculture is especially desirable. Current college students may also apply, if they are taking the semester off or looking for a summer internship.

Responsibilities:

    • Work in our oyster aquaculture operation - including the setting of larvae for both conservation and market, cleaning and grading of upweller systems, preparation of oysters for market, and serving as boat crew during visits to the oyster farm for tumbling, maintenance, and harvesting.
    • Assist with general grounds labor such as cleaning indoor facilities and site prep for special events

Requirements:

    • Recent college graduate with a degree in aquaculture, biology, marine science, environmental science, or a related field.
    • MUST be able to lift 50lbs.
    • MUST be comfortable working on small skiff boat for long periods of time, working outdoors in all weather conditions, and getting wet and dirty continuously throughout the day.
    • Must be able to work closely with animals (large fish ,crabs, turtles) and small children.
    • Good communication skills
    • Must have good public speaking skills.

 

Estuarium Internship

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Internship will be 4 days per week, unpaid, housing provided. Recent college graduates with an interest in aquarium maintenance and upkeep is especially desirable. Current college students may also apply, if they are taking the semester off or looking for a summer internship.

Responsibilities:

    • Care and maintain aquariums housing animals on display in estuarium.
    • Aid in rehabilitating turtles.
    • Welcome visitors to the center and give in-depth tours of our facility, teaching them about modern issues relevant to the Chesapeake Bay region.
  • Assist with general grounds labor such as cleaning indoor facilities, site prep for special events, and occasionally assisting with our oyster aquaculture operation.

Requirements:

    • Recent college graduate with a degree in biology, marine science, environmental science, education, or a related field.
    • Must be able to lift 50lbs. Must be comfortable working on small skiff boat for long periods of time, working outdoors in all weather conditions, and getting wet and dirty continuously throughout the day.
    • Must be able to work closely with animals (large fish ,crabs, turtles) and small children.
    • Must have good public speaking skills.

Agriculture Internship

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Internship will be 4 days per week, unpaid, housing provided. Recent college graduates with an interest in gardening and agriculture is especially desirable. Current college students may also apply, if they are taking the semester off or looking for a summer internship.

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center uses raised garden beds to grow organic produce. We sell our produce on sire and donate to the local Food Bank. We also rent garden boxes to community members. Intern will gain knowledge in farm management, native gardening, marketing, and education.

Responsibilities:

  • Will primarily work in the Phillips Wharf community garden and occasionally aid in our oyster aquaculture program.
    • Will assist garden manager in all aspects of agriculture and landscape maintenance, planting, harvesting, and education.
    • Care and maintenance of all garden beds, native gardens, landscaping and fruit trees, and incorporating companion planting.
    • Working with community members, volunteers and local youth organizations.
    • Marketing the community garden produce.
    • Assist with general grounds labor which may include watering, weeding, cleaning indoor facilities, and site prep for special events.
    • Assist in community classes such as canning and pest control.

Requirements:

    • Recent college graduate with knowledge of agriculture and environmental science, or related field.
    • Must be able to lift 50lbs unassisted. Must be comfortable working in all weather conditions and getting dirty.
    • Responsibilities vary continuously and can be difficult and strenuous in the hot and humid conditions.

To apply, please download the above form and email it back along with a resume to:

Missy Cannonadministrator
Phillips Wharf Environmental Center
PO Box C
Tilghman, MD 21671
missy@pwec.org