Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center

This opportunity is a Miller Worley MHConnect internship and is available to Mount Holyoke students only. Lynk funding required.

Location: Old Lyme, CT (RTPEC headquarters) and the Connecticut River Estuary (fieldwork)

Position title:  Intern - Aquatic Plant Inventory for Estuary Waters

Duration: late June-late August, 40 hours/week

Local expenses: Rustic housing will be provided. Transportation and food to be covered by intern.


  1. Field Science
  • Using GPS and small motorized and nonmotorized boats, navigate to study sites to collect data on diversity, abundance, and distribution of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) in the Connecticut River estuary
  • Data entry, analysis, and report writing 
  1. Administrative
  • Support with document formatting, printing, copying, and other administrative tasksDraft stories and content, as requested, for e-newsletters, blog posts, and other communications efforts
  • Support team by scheduling appointments, completing reimbursements and other necessary forms
  1. Other
  • Potential informal teaching opportunities

About the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center: The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center is dedicated to the conservation and preservation of the Connecticut River Estuary ecosystem and watershed, through science-based research, education and advocacy. The center is dedicated to facilitating scientific research, establishing high-quality environmental education for children, teens and adults, and promoting outreach and advocacy to preserve, protect and conserve the estuary and its beauty for generations.

For more information, visit the Connecticut Audubon Society - Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center website.


  • Strong interest in aquatic ecology and biodiversity, especially river, estuary and coastal ecosystems
  • Previous field biology experience and coursework in botany, GIS, and biostatistics preferred
  • Proficient in plant identification/willingness to learn aquatic vegetation
  • Proficient swimmer and comfortable in small boats, i.e. kayak, canoe, motorized skiff
  • Strong attention to detail and flexibility to work around tidal cycles at different times of day
  • Ability to work independently, and to cheerfully tolerate stressful and unpredictable field conditions including exposure to rain, sun, mud, biting insects, and temperature extremes
  • Public outreach, speaking, writing and communicating findings with community
  • Teaching experience preferred
  • Excellent computer skills including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and geographic information systems (GIS) such as ArcGIS;
  • Fluency with social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.).

Application Instructions

Students must apply to this position through Handshake by March 6, 2020. But must complete Step 1 of the Lynk UAF application by February 21, 2020 at 5 pm, in the Applications section of the Self Service area on

In your cover letter, please discuss both the experience you bring to the internship and the skills and experience you hope to gain (in no more than a page). Please also list contact information for two references that can speak to your work or school experience.

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