Phillips Wharf offers a number of internship opportunities for both high school and college students interested in studying marine and environmental sciences. To discuss our Internship program and specific opportunities, please contact us at 410-886-9200 or

Marine Science Internship - College Student


Gain invaluable marine science experience working in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay, Tilghman's Island.
Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is free and open to the public. We have an estuarium with several tanks and exhibits with native Bay animals, outdoor ponds, community gardens, a kayak launch, and a classroom for workshops and lectures. We provide educational programs for visiting students and hit the road in our popular "Fishmobile" - a traveling aquarium we bring to schools and events across the state of Maryland.
We are also a working oyster aquaculture operation, growing oysters for both the market and conservation projects. We welcome visitors to tour our facility and learn more about the aquaculture process.
We seek a Spring intern to assist us with all of the above. A recent college graduate with an interest in the growing aquaculture industry is especially desirable for both parties. It is essential that applicants be comfortable teaching and interacting with children due to the many field trips we host in April & May. On-property housing is provided in a shared staff house; rent, utilities, furnishings, and wifi included free-of-charge.


• Care and maintenance of aquariums housing animals on display at our Estuarium, and rehabilitation turtles.
• Working 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.
• Serving our education department by teaching lessons to preK-12 students visiting Phillips Wharf on field trips and traveling with the Fishmobile on visits to schools and festivals throughout Maryland.
• Welcoming visitors to the center and giving them in-depth tours of our facility, teaching them about modern issues relevant to the Chesapeake Bay region.
• Assisting with general grounds labor such as watering plants, weeding community gardens, cleaning indoor facilities, and site prep for special events.


Recent college graduate with a degree in biology, marine science, environmental science, or a related field. Education degrees are also acceptable.
MUST be able to lift 50lbs unassisted. Must be comfortable working on small skiff boats for long periods of time, working outdoors in all weather conditions, and getting wet & 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.
It is 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.
Please be aware that working on the oyster farm requires strenuous heavy lifting.

Download Application

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

Missy Cannon, administrator
Phillips Wharf Environmental Center
PO Box C
Tilghman, MD 21671