Undergraduate/Graduate Summer Research & Education Internship

Two (2) science research interns

One (1) education intern

Application Deadline
Applications must be received by March 2nd, 2018.

Term of Internship 
The internship runs for approximately 12 weeks during the summer time: June – August, 2018. Exact start and end time of internship will vary depending on research project and intern’s availability.

Background
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary (Sanctuary; http://www.jugbay.org/) is one of ten parks operated by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks. It is also one of three sites that comprise the Maryland Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (http://www.dnr.state.md.us/waters/CBNERR/index.asp). It contains 1,700 acres of open water, tidal freshwater marshes, forested wetlands, upland and riparian forest, creeks, meadows, pine and sand barrens, and fields. Jug Bay is located in the tidal reaches of the Patuxent River (about 45 miles from the river’s mouth at Solomons Island). The Sanctuary’s mission is to increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation of estuarine ecosystems through outdoor education, research, stewardship, and volunteerism.

The Friends of Jug Bay (FOJB) is a non-profit organization that supports education, stewardship, and research programs at the Sanctuary. FOJB annually funds two research and one education/outreach undergraduate/graduate summer research internships to advance the Sanctuary’s knowledge on topics of interest regarding its natural resources and social history.

Internships are open to qualified undergraduate and graduate students who will conduct a summer research project within Sanctuary grounds under the mentorship of a staff member or an associated researcher. Students are encouraged to work with staff to coordinate the use of office and laboratory space, field equipment, and other amenities (canoes, boats, storage space, etc.) to support their research project.
 
Topics for Research Internships
Students applying for the 2018 research internships will submit a short proposal (five pages or less) on one of the topics/questions listed below, which were selected from a list of projects of interest to the Sanctuary:

Change Analysis of Forest Species Composition and Abundance: The intern will re-survey selected forest plots sampled in the Glendening Nature Preserve and/or Sanctuary Proper during the period of 2003-2007 to determine change during the past 10 years. Data collection includes shrub and tree species identification, dbh, invasive species coverage, etc. Results would be analyzed in light of ongoing environmental changes.
Mentors: Dr. Patricia Delgado, Wetland Ecologist (Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary).
 
Jug Bay Tidal Freshwater Marshes and Its Pollinators: The intern will research and implement sampling methodologies to determine the presence and species diversity of different pollinator groups found in Jug Bay tidal freshwater marshes and the surrounding marsh/upland boundary.
Mentor: M.S. Melinda Fegler, Naturalist (Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary).
 
Archaeological Resource Management Plan for Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary: The intern will create a management plan for the preservation of cultural resources in the Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary. The creation of the management plan will require the intern to investigate archaeological sites through studying archaeology site files and reassessing the condition of the sites through field surveys and reanalysis of archaeological collections.
Mentor: Dr. Zachary Singer, Archaeological Research (Anne Arundel County).
 
Characterizing Spatio-Temporal Hydrological Patterns in Jug Bay Tidal Freshwater Marshes: The intern will develop a project to install and collect continuous water level data and map inundation patterns in different long-term wetland monitoring sites along the Patuxent River. This study will help to better characterize the frequency and duration of flooding of marshes along an elevation gradient (important in evaluating their resilience to climate change and sea level rise) as well as to estimate more localized tidal datums in the Jug Bay area.
Mentors: Dr. Patricia Delgado, Wetland Ecologist (JBWS) and Dr. Philippe Hensel, National Geodetic Survey, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
 
Characterizing “Recovery” of (Emerald Ash Borer) Impacted Ash Forests at Jug Bay: The intern will have the opportunity to study and characterize the regeneration of impacted ash forest as a result of the deadly attack of the emerald ash borer. Potential questions of interest may include: Is the ash forest community regenerating? If so, which are the dominant species leading this process? Is the presence of invasive species increasing in affected areas?
Mentors: Dr. Patricia Delgado, Wetland Ecologist (JBWS) and M.S. Melinda Fegler, Naturalist (JBWS).
 
Social Science Marketing Inquiry: Diagnose social and marketing outlet shortcomings using popular quantitative and qualitative social science techniques to design new strategies to bring JBWS up to top industry marketing standards. This internship will include reviewing the website, social media outlets and current marketing practices to eliminate inefficiencies and build sustainable infrastructure that will adapt to changing social perspectives of diverse user groups.
Mentor: M.S. Liana Vitali, Education Coordinator and Naturalist (JBWS).
 
For more information regarding project topics/questions, please contact Patricia Delgado at 410.741.9330 or via email at rpdelg88@aacounty.org

Qualifications
Internships are open to qualified undergraduate and graduate students who are capable of working independently with mentor guidance. Students should be self-motivated, have good communication and writing skills, and be comfortable working in physically challenging environments.

Application Requirements
Qualified applicants should submit the following:

  • A short proposal (five single spaced pages or less that include a title, introduction, literature review, methodology, and cited literature). Please use the Proposal Template for this;
  • One-page resume;
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts;
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Applications must be received by March 2th, 2018. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview by March 16th, 2018.

Internship Requirements
The successful applicant is expected to fulfill the following requirements during the time of the internship:

  • Develop an expanded, detailed research project;
  • Conduct independent research with support from the project mentor;
  • Develop a final report;
  • Give a presentation at the Jug Bay’s Annual Volunteer Picnic at the end of August, 2018;
  • Write an article for Jug Bay’s newsletter, “Marsh Notes,” or our website summarizing research findings.

Financial Support
The Friends of Jug Bay will provide a stipend totaling $4,000; two equal installments of $1,500 will be given during the first two months of the internship. A final payment of $1000 is made upon the receipt of the final report. Interns should expect to work approximately 12 weeks during the summer (June through August).

Housing: If needed, housing at the residence of a FOJB member will be available at no cost for one of the interns.

Transportation: Applicant must provide his/her own transportation.

Send complete applications to:
Dr. Patricia Delgado
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
rpdelg88@aacounty.org
For more information contact:
Patricia Delgado at 410.741.9330 or rpdelg88@aacounty.org
 
Topic for Education Internship
This 12-week, 32 hour/week internship will focus on promoting Jug Bay’s education goals through the development of new curriculum, film vignettes, and provide input into the development of an education portal for the Jug Bay website.  The successful applicant will have a demonstrated interest and passion in environmental education and the natural world.

Internship Requirements
The successful applicant is expected to fulfill the following requirements during the time of the internship:

  • Creating substantive and robust indoor environmental education curriculum to support Sanctuary field trips during periods of inclement weather; 
  • Designing and creating a variety of film vignettes/promotional videos highlighting JBWS education programs, on-site research, etc.;
  • Research dynamic and information education portals and provide recommendations for an education portal for JBWS; 
  • Give a presentation at the Jug Bay’s Annual Volunteer Picnic at the end of August, 2018;
  • Write an article for Jug Bay’s newsletter, “Marsh Notes,” or our website summarizing research findings.

Application Requirements
Qualified applicants should submit the following:

  • A letter of interest detailing the applicants current skills set that would meet the internship requirement and an explanation of how the internship could help the applicant meet his/her personal and professional goals;
  • One-page resume;
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts;
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Applications must be received by March 2th, 2018. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview by March 16th, 2018. The position start date will be on or about June 1, 2018.
 
Financial Support
The Friends of Jug Bay will provide an internship stipend totaling $4,000; one installment of $2,000 will be given after the 6th week of the internship. A final payment of $2000 will be made upon the receipt of internship deliverables. Interns must provide their own transportation and housing.

Email completed applications to:
Liana Vitali
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
rpvita23@aacounty.org
 
For more information contact:
Liana Vitali  at 410.741.9330 or rpvita23@aacounty.org

We look forward to hearing from you!