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CES Internship Opportunities

Our vision is a Chesapeake Bay and watershed that is healthy and thriving; one in which natural systems and human communities are in balance. Interdisciplinary academic programs promote the integration of environmental issues, social values, and good old river mud.

  • Spring 2017 Bird Banding Internships


    Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory

    Chino Farms, MD 


    March 1 – May 5, 2017

    Application Deadline:

    February 3, 2017

    Job Description:

    Students will participate in the longitudinal migratory bird banding operation at Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory (FBBO), located at Chino Farms on the Queen Anne’s County side of the Chester River.  Duties include recording data, mist-netting, and handling birds. Interns will work outside, sometimes in inclement weather. Each intern will earn $10 per hour and can work up to 10 hours per week (depending on scheduling) for an 8 week period. Interns will learn valuable field skills in ecology and gain real world experience with field biology. Hours will be determined at a mutually agreeable time, but applicants should note that the banding station operates mornings only from 6:00 am until 1:00 pm. Please see the Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory web page for more information.


    Supervisors:  Maren Gimpel and Jim Gruber 


    • Applicants should be available starting at dawn and MUST HAVE a 3-4 hour block of time
    • Applicants MUST have their own transportation
    • Willingness to learn
    • Strong interest in wildlife and field work

    To apply:

    Submit a cover letter explaining your interest, resume, course schedule and work availability, and contact information for two references (at least one from a Washington College faculty member) to jfrees2@washcoll.edu.




  • Campus Garden Internship 2016-2017

    Location: Campus Garden

    Deadline: Monday, April 25, 2016

    Time Frame: Will begin at the start of every fall semester and continue through the spring semester, not including winter break or campus/national holidays.

    Hourly rate: $10

    Supervisors: Shane Brill and Jamie Frees

    Commitment: 5 paid hours/week, plus seasonal volunteer activities.

    Purpose: The Garden Coordinator leads the daily operation and maintenance of the campus garden in promotion of environmental stewardship and service learning.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    - Beautify the garden space and facilitate its use as an outdoor classroom.
    - Coordinate volunteer efforts to support the garden.
    - Cultivate partnerships with Dining Services and Buildings and Grounds.
    - Develop and implement a plan for the long-term vitality of the garden.
    - Partner with community groups (local schools, Master Gardener programs).
    - Update the Campus Garden website.
    - Write grants to establish new programming.
    - Support the campus apiary and composting program.


    The intern must be:

    - a full-time Washington College student.
    - driven by a strong environmental ethic.
    - enthusiastic for building community.
    - committed to grow food without the use of synthetic chemicals.
    - self-motivated and require minimal supervision.
    - a determined advocate for sustainability and food justice. 

    Helpful Experience

    - Prior gardening/farming experience.
    - Familiarity with CSAs, small family farms, forest gardens, and permaculture.
    - Understanding of soil health and ecological principles of horticulture.
    - Ability to articulate the distinction between organic and industrial agriculture.

    Potential for Academic Internship Credit

    The campus garden internship might be tailored for academic credit. The intern would develop a course of study with a sponsoring faculty member in a related discipline. 


    Please submit to jfrees2@washcoll.edu:

    • a cover letter
    • resume
    • class schedule
    • and one faculty reference


    For more information, please call 410-810-7162 or email jfrees2@washcoll.edu.