Jug Bay Summer Internships

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary 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 (CBNERR-MD). 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 and CBNERR-MD fund annually three research and one education 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.

Application period is NOW OPEN!

Deadline: March 26th, 2021

Research  Internships

Research internships run for approximately 12 weeks during the summer time: June - August. Exact start and end time of internship will vary depending on research project and intern's availability. Students applying for our research internships will submit a short proposal (five pages or less) on a specific topic/question chosen from a  list of projects of interest to the Sanctuary, or the applicant can choose to develop his/her own research question. The list of research topics/questions provided is updated every year.

 

Topics for Research Internships

Students applying for the 2021 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:

 

Protecting and Interpreting the Archaeological Resources of Jug Bay using GIS: This project will build from the project conducted by a research intern in 2019, who developed a Cultural Resources Vulnerability Index to assess the extent to which Jug Bay archaeological sites are threatened by climate change. For this project, the intern would refine and expand upon this vulnerability index by using GIS software to create a detailed geospatial predictive model which would assess risk for all areas of Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. Depending on interest, there is the potential for the intern to work on public interpretation projects related to archaeology and climate change. The ideal candidate would have a working knowledge of ArcGIS software, a familiarity with local archaeology and the archaeological process, and experience with or interest in public interpretation.

Mentor: PhD Candidate Andrew Webster, Archaeologist for Anne Arundel County, Cultural 

Resources Division.

Analyzing Long-Term Box Turtle Home Range and Telemetry Data: Since 1995, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary’s staff, interns, and citizen scientists have marked individual Eastern box turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) with a notch code along the edge of their shell as part of a population and home range study. Over this period they have identified over 600 individuals within a 300-acre area of the Sanctuary, for which they have also many documented measurements on weight and size. In addition to this mark-recapture study they also used radio telemetry on selected individuals each year,tracking their movements weekly. The intern will work closely with his/her mentors to analyse some of this rich data set to answer specific questions about the Jug Bay box turtle population. In addition to data analyses, the intern will be expected to conduct field work. If you are interested in this research project we highly recommend you contact P. Delgado for guidance when you are in the process of writing the proposal.

Mentors: Dr. Patricia Delgado, Wetland Ecologist (JBWS) and Mike Quinlan, Citizen Scientist and lead of the Box Turtle Project.

Studying Belowground Decomposition Rates in Jug Bay Tidal Freshwater Marshes: For this project, the intern will use a well established methodology called “the teabag index” (http://www.teatime4science.org/) to study belowground decomposition rates in low and mid-high tidal freshwater marshes at Jug Bay. This study will help to estimate organic matter decomposition which can help inform marsh resiliency, carbon storage capacity, and ecosystem function. At Jug Bay it will also support longterm data collection on marsh vegetation and surface elevation tables (SETs).

Mentor: Dr. Patricia Delgado, Wetland Ecologist (JBWS).

Characterizing Inundation Patterns of Jug Bay Tidal Freshwater Marshes: The intern will research and implement a simple field methodology to quantify and map the frequency and duration of inundation in four different long-term marsh monitoring sites established along the Patuxent River. This study will help to better characterize marsh inundation patterns along an elevation gradient, important in evaluating their resilience to sea level rise. If you are interested in this research project we highly recommend you contact P. Delgado for guidance when you are in the process of writing the proposal.

Mentor: Dr. Patricia Delgado, Wetland Ecologist (JBWS).

Choose Your Own Research Topic: The intern is encouraged to visit Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary before developing the proposal so she/he can learn about what we do and our research needs. With this information on hand, the intern will develop her/his own research project based on personal interest, experience, and Sanctuary needs. The proposed research question would have to be approved by Patricia Delgado before moving forward with writing the proposal. This is an open opportunity to develop your own research question!

Mentor: Dr. Patricia Delgado, Wetland Ecologist (JBWS).

 

For more information regarding project topics/questions, please contact Patricia Delgado 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);
  • One-page resume;
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts;
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Applications must be received by midnight on March 26th, 2021. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview by April 9th, 2021.

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 on August 15th, 2021;
  • 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 receipt of the final report. Interns should expect to work approximately 12 weeks during the summer (June through August).

Housing: Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, housing will not be available for this year’s internship cycle.

Transportation: Applicant must provide his/her own transportation.

 

For more information contact:

Patricia Delgado at rpdelg88@aacounty.org

Education Internship

 

Internship Experience and Expectations 

This 12-week, 32 hour/week internship will focus on enhancing Jug Bay's educational programs by creating new program/materials/curriculum to enhance our experiential outdoor education programs and assisting with and providing leadership to the summer camps provided at Jug Bay. The intern will also work with staff to enhance participation of volunteer naturalist educators throughout the year.

Outcomes of the internship may include:

  • Create new environmental education curriculum materials and programs to support Sanctuary public education programs, field trips and/or camps that extend public and student learning and appreciation of nature. Staff will work with the intern to identify projects that meet the needs of the Sanctuary and the interest or skills of the applicant.
  • Gain firsthand experience in managing and leading summer camp activities for school age children. Six week-long summer camps are expected to be held this summer. 
  • Work with staff to enhance volunteer participation in Jug Bay field trips and other environmental education experiences. 
  • Other projects may be developed based on intern’s interests and Sanctuary needs.
  • Give a presentation to Jug Bay staff and others about your summer project at the Jug Bay's Annual Volunteer Picnic on August 15th, 2021.
  • Write an article for Jug Bay’s newsletter, “Marsh Notes,” or our website summarizing research findings.

Qualifications

  • Internships are open to people  who are capable of working independently with mentor guidance as well as in a team with patience and flexibility.
  • Interns should be self-motivated, have good communication and writing skills, and be comfortable in a leadership position with adults and children.
  • Applicants must have the ability to exercise patience, flexibility, courtesy and tact when working with campers, parents, volunteers and fellow employees.
  • The successful applicant will have a demonstrated interest and passion for environmental education and the natural world. 
  • An educational background in environmental education, biology, environmental science or related field is preferred.
  • Must be able to help launch and paddle canoes, walk several miles, perform light manual labor, and camp out.
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification and Canoe Safety certification is preferred. A love for the natural world is a must!

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.

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 receipt of the final report. Interns should expect to work approximately 12 weeks during the summer (June through August).

 

Housing: Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, housing will not be available for this year’s cycle.

Transportation: Applicant must provide his/her own transportation.

 

For more information contact:

Sarah Kempfer  at 410.222.7811 or rpkemp00@aacounty.org