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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 2015 Bird Banding Internships


    Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory

    Chino Farm, MD 


    March 2 – May 1, 2015

    Application Deadline:

    January 26, 2015

    Job Description:

    Students will engage in a longitudinal migratory bird banding operation at Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory, 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 internship carries a stipend of up to $850, and requires up to 10 hours per week 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 Sunday-Thursday from 6:00 am until 1:00 pm. Please see the Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory web page for more information.


    Supervisors:  Jim Gruber and Maren Gimpel. 


    • 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

    To apply:

    Submit a cover letter, resume, course schedule and work availability, and two references to jfrees2@washcoll.edu.




  • Spring 2015 Sassafras River Volunteer



    Sassafras River Association

    7479 Augustine Herman Hwy, Georgetown, MD 21930


    Duration: Spring semester (13 weeks)


    Job Description:

    Student will work at the Sassafras River Association, working primarily as a GIS specialist, organizing and analyzing water quality data for the Sassafras River. Other duties may include working with the riverkeeper collecting and analyzing the water quality of the Sassafras River, working at events sponsored by the SRA non-profit, data entry, and additional duties as they present themselves. Interns should be prepared to work outside in inclement weather. This internship does not offer a stipend. Interns will learn valuable field skills in watershed management and policy and gain real world experience with GIS application and fieldwork. Hours will be determined at a mutually agreeable time. Please visit the Sassafras River Association website http://www.sassafrasriver.org/ for more information.

    This opportunity is a great resume builder, with for credit options available. 


    Supervisors:  Emmett Duke (Sassafras Riverkeeper) and Jamie Frees


    To Apply:

    E-mail Jamie Frees, jfrees2@washcoll.edu, by January 26, 2015.

    Awards will be announced by the end of the day on February 9, 2015.  In your application letter, clearly express the following:


    • your year of study, major, and GPA
    • your availability
    • 2 references, one must be from faculty
    • why you are interested in an internship, and what makes you qualified for this particular internship.



    • Must have experience with GIS
    • applicants would preferably have a 2-3 hour block of time at least two days a week
    • applicants must have their own transportation
    • willingness to work on a boat, in the field, and in the office


    Number of Openings: 1

  • Summer 2015 CRFRS Grasslands Intern

    Center for Environment & Society

    CRFRS Grasslands Internships – Summer 2015


    Location: Chino Farms


    Duration: May 15-July 31, 2015 (start and end dates are flexible)


    Application deadline: Monday, February 23, 2015


    The Center for Environment & Society (CES) at Washington College invites applications for two to three competitively-awarded positions for summer 2015. Each internship carries a stipend award of $3,000-$3,500 and requires approximately 35 hours of work per week over a 10 week period.  Shared housing (off campus at Chino Farms) is included.


    To apply, please e-mail Jamie Frees (jfrees2@washcoll.edu) by Monday, February 23, 2015.  Awards will be announced by the beginning of March. With your application please include a resume and a word document that clearly expresses the following:

    -     one or two faculty references

    -     your year of study, major, and GPA

    -     your dates of availability

    -     why you are interested in this internship

    -     how might this internship dovetail with your future career goals

    -     why you should be selected (see project description below)


    All three summer assistantships are with Chester River Field Research Station at Chino Farms, about a 10-minute drive from campus. Owning a vehicle is not necessary but would be helpful.  The scope of work involves:


    Birds/Grassland Habitat – Students will engage in on going avian demographic studies of grassland birds at Chino Farms on the Queen Anne’s County side of the Chester River. Now in our 16th season of field research, CRFRS is dedicated to studying grassland dependent birds, the response of birds and vegetation to habitat management and providing students with opportunities in field work.  Duties include handling, identifying, and field study of individually marked birds, nest searching, territory mapping, data entry and other various tasks related to field research.  Skills preferred but not required

    Course work in birds and/or ecology and/or environmental studies; bird identification, bird-banding, using binoculars and spotting scopes, reading color bands and recording bird behavior; data collection, data entry. Ability to work outdoors in all kinds of weather, starting work before sunrise, and patience are a must. 


    Supervisor:  Dan Small (dsmall2@washcoll.edu).


    Internship positions are a great way for students who are interested in wildlife biology or related careers to gain valuable hands-on field experience.  For additional background information, visit http://www.washcoll.edu/centers/ces/crfrs/.


    Jamie Frees

    Program and Intern Coordinator

    Center for Environment & Society

  • Campus Garden Internship 2015-2016

    Location: Campus Garden

    Deadline: Monday, April 27, 2015

    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.


    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 a cover letter, resume, class schedule, and one faculty reference to jfrees2@washcoll.edu.


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

  • Chester River Watershed Observatory Intern
    Chester River Watershed Observatory Intern


    Custom House, Chestertown MD


    January 20 – May 2

    Application Deadline:

    No longer accepting applications.

    Job Description:

    This Intern is responsible for aiding Dr. Levin in his development and employment of the Chester River Watershed Observatory. This internship pays $7.50/hour for 10 hours per week for the semester.

    Supervisor: Dr.  Doug Levin (dlevin2@washcoll.edu)


    • applicants should be willing to learn and enthusiastic
    • a background in environmental studies or ecology is preferred