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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.

  • Summer 2016 CRFRS/NLP Internships

    Center  for Environment & Society

    CRFRS Grasslands/Natural Lands Project Internships  – Summer 2016


    Location: Chino Farms

    Duration: May -July  2016 (start and end dates are flexible)

    Application deadline: Friday, February 26, 2016 at 4:30 pm


    The Center for Environment & Society (CES) at Washington College invites applications for three competitively-awarded positions for summer 2016. Each internship comes with a salary of $10 an hour and requires approximately 35 hours of work per week over a 10 week period.  Shared housing (off campus at Chino Farms) is included.


    All summer assistantships are with Chester River Field Research Station or the Natural Lands Project at Chino Farms, about a 10-minute drive from campus. Owning a vehicle is not necessary but is preferred.  The two projects are:


    Grassland Bird Behavioral Study – Students will engage in on going research on Field Sparrows at Chino Farms on the Queen Anne’s County side of the Chester River. Now in our 17th 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 identifying and field study of individually marked birds, nest searching, territory mapping, data entry and other various tasks related to field research. 

    Natural Lands Project - NLP is dedicated to finding a balance between working farms and natural lands to improve wildlife habitat and water quality. Duties and responsibilities for the NLP position are varied and include, but are not limited to: creating maps in GIS, conducting breeding bird counts, vegetation studies, radio-tracking Northern Bobwhite, raising Monarch Butterflies in outdoor tents, developing website content.  This intern will also work on the bird behavioral study part time.


    Skills preferred for both projects: Course work in birds and/or ecology and/or environmental studies; bird identification, 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, attention to detail and patience are a must. Ideal Natural Lands Project candidate also has basic knowledge of GIS.  Both projects are ideal for students with an interest in habitat restoration and conservation.

    For more information on these projects, please see our websites:





    Maren Gimpel (mgimpel2@washcoll.edu) OR Dan Small (dsmall2@washcoll.edu).


    To apply, please e-mail Jamie Frees (jfrees2@washcoll.edu) by Friday, February 26, 2016 at 4:30 pm.  Awards will be announced in the beginning of March.


    With your application please include a resume and a word document that clearly expresses the following:

    -     names of one or two WC faculty references (actual letters not needed)

    -     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 above)

  • Summer 2016 Sassafras River Intern



    Sassafras River Association

    7479 Augustine Herman Hwy, Georgetown, MD 21930


    Duration: Summer (May-August)


    Job Description:

    Student will work at the Sassafras River Association, working primarily working with the riverkeeper collecting and analyzing water quality samples from the Sassafras River. organizing and analyzing water quality data for the Sassafras River as well as data entry. Interns should be prepared to work outside in inclement weather. This internship does not offer a stipend, but has the possibility to pay for housing options. Interns will learn valuable field skills in watershed management and policy and gain real world experience and fieldwork. This position is required to work 10 hours per week. 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 March 18, 2016.

    Awards will be announced by the end of the day on March 25, 2016.  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.



    • applicants must have their own transportation
    • willingness to work on a boat, in the field, and in the office


    Number of Openings: 1

  • 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.