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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.

  • Natural Lands Project Internship Summer 2017

    Center  for Environment & Society

    Natural Lands Project Internship  – Summer 2017


    Location: Chino Farms

    Duration: May - August  2017 (start and end dates are flexible, position is 10 weeks long)

    Application deadline: Friday, March 10, 2017 at 4:30 pm


    Interested in GIS and wildlife biology? Consider spending the summer working as part of the NLP team. We are seeking one motivated intern with experience in GIS and a desire to spend some time outdoors conducting bird surveys and working on a Monarch Butterfly project.

    • GIS – Two projects mapping landscape attributes across locations on the upper Eastern Shore (~65% of time)

    • Bird Surveys – conducting male calling counts for Northern Bobwhite, a species in decline throughout the mid-Atlantic (~10% of time)

    • Monarch Butterfly Project – take the lead in conducting a Monarch rearing project to help bolster declining populations (~20% of time)

    • Other duties as assigned (~5% of time)

    The ideal candidate must have the ability to work independently, possess intermediate GIS skills, good communication skills, and experience conducting field work or a strong desire to gain experience conducting biological field work.

    The position is a 10-week paid internship. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible but need to be between May 15th and August 15th. Shared housing, with fellow WC students, over the summer is provided. Pay is $10.00/hr for a 35hr work week.


    Please contact Dan Small, dsmall2@wahcoll.edu, for more information.

    To apply, please send the following to Jamie Frees at jfrees2@washcoll.edu 

    • cover letter

    • resume

    • two references (with at least one being a WC faculty)

  • Callinectes Mate

    Do you have boating experience? 


    As you may know, Washington College has two research vessels, which give students, faculty, and staff access to high-quality research instruments for studying the Chester River and the Chesapeake Bay. 

    The Center for Environment & Society is looking for students willing and capable of lending a hand and learning how to assist on our research vessels; 46’ RV Callinectes and 27’ RV Lookdown.


    Students who apply must be willing to join the USCG drug testing protocol. 


    Tasks may include deckhand, assisting with deployment of otter trawls for fish sampling, water quality devices, buoys, and seafloor mapping technologies.


    Must be willing to learn boat handling skills, deck handling responsibilities, and direct sampling technologies that include bottom and water sampling. Computer skills are a bonus and would be used to learn how to use seafloor mapping technologies. Students in possession of USCG Masters License or with extensive boating experience are encouraged to apply.

    Starting rate is $8.75 per hour with an hourly rate up to $12.50, based upon qualification and can be discussed in the review process. The number of hours per week vary based on the number of tours or cruises going out on the vessels each week.

    To apply, please email jfrees2@washcoll.edu with

    • resume
    • cover letter
    • class schedule for the Spring 2017 semester
    • and two references

    Applications are due no later than Wednesday, February 8th. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out.

  • CRFRS Grassland Bird Study Summer 2017

    Center  for Environment & Society

    CRFRS Grassland Bird Study  – Summer 2017


    Location: Chino Farms

    Duration: May -July  2017 (start and end dates are flexible)

    Application deadline: Friday, March 10, 2017 at 4:30 pm


    The Center for Environment & Society (CES) at Washington College invites applications for three competitively-awarded positions for summer 2017. 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.  The field house is about a 10-minute drive from campus.  Owning a vehicle is not necessary, but is preferred.


    Grassland Bird Behavioral Study  –

    The Chester River Field Research Station (CRFRS), located on Chino Farms, just across the river in Queen Anne’s County is hiring up to three interns for our summer research project on grassland birds.  The team will contribute to a multi-year study on breeding biology of Field Sparrows, a common bird in decline.  You will start the day before sunrise and stalk birds through the fields, identifying individual birds by their colored leg bands, take GPS points of bird locations and search for their nests (harder than it sounds).  After the field work is done, there will be some office work such as reviewing video footage of nests.  You’ll work side-by-side with CRFRS Field Ecologist Maren Gimpel and Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Jennie Carr and all the data you collect is for peer-reviewed scientific publications. 


    Skills preferred : Coursework 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. This project is ideal for students with an interest in habitat restoration, conservation and field biology.


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




    Maren Gimpel (mgimpel2@washcoll.edu) and Dr. Jennie Carr (jcarr2@washcoll.edu)


    To apply, please e-mail Jamie Frees (jfrees2@washcoll.edu) by Friday, March 10, 2017 at 4:30 pm.  Awards will be announced in the mid-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)

  • 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 2017-2018

    Location: Campus Garden

    Deadline: Monday, April 24, 2017

    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.