The Station is pleased to offer the Project CLEAR (Community and Lakes Environmental Awareness and Research) Fund Fellowship. CLEAR began as a student-led project conducted from 1977-81 at the Biological Station. Its members have funded this fellowship.
CLEAR Fellows have two roles and commitments:
1. They will be spring/summer interns for the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (May 1 - August 11)
2. They will be UMBS students for the Summer Term Session (July 1-29).
From May 1 to June 30 and July 31 to August 11 before and after the UMBS Summer Session, CLEAR Fellows will be full-time interns for Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. CLEAR Fellows will continue to work as interns at the Watershed Council on a half-time basis, once the Summer Session begins.
During this time, Fellows will be required to:
- Conduct independent research on freshwater ecosystems, with the guidance of UMBS faculty or Watershed Council staff (e.g. water quality improvement, ecosystem protection or stewardship, or freshwater sustainability);
- Involve/engage local communities in their research/research findings;
- Enroll concurrently in one summer term field class at UMBS (tuition support provided).
Support: This fellowship provides tuition support, room, board, research fees, and supplies at UMBS.
Fellows will report to the Monitoring Programs and Research Director at the Watershed Council.
CLEAR Fellows Responsibilities:
- Volunteer Monitoring Programs: Fellows will work to organize and carry out volunteer monitoring activities, including trainings, field data collection, laboratory analyses, and quality assurance.
- Field Surveys, Inventories, and Restoration Projects: Fellows get their feet wet in the water resource management field assisting both our Monitoring and Research Director and our Watershed Projects Director with a variety of field projects, but also helping in the lab with calibration and maintenance of field survey equipment, water quality monitoring instrumentation, sampling gear, and GPS.
- GIS (Geographical Information System), Database, and Office Tasks: Fellows assist staff on the GIS front by processing field GPS data, developing GIS data layers, producing display maps, performing spatial analyses, and ground-truthing in the field.
Qualifications: Must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in natural resources, environmental studies, or equivalent; possess strong written and verbal skills; and have a valid driver’s license. Proficiency in swimming and paddling (kayak and canoe), as well as the ability to work 10+ hours/day, is required for fieldwork. Prior experience with field work, macroinvertebrate identification, and GIS is a plus. Strong computer skills are also required, including familiarity with Microsoft Office software such as Access, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to UMBS Associate Director Karie Slavik (firstname.lastname@example.org ; 734-763-4462).
Deadline: open until filled.