Blue Carbon Intern, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

The Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program (MassBays) seeks an intern with strong organizational, research, and writing skills to contribute to a joint project to quantify carbon sequestration potential of eelgrass in Massachusetts near-shore habitats. The project is led by MassBays; partners include the Office of Coastal Zone Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Region 1, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s SeaGrant Program, and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. The intern will have the following responsibilities:
1.  Complete a literature review on blue carbon/carbon sequestration and seagrass. This review will include the identification and compilation of peer-reviewed literature on the topic matter.
2.  Complete a review of historical records of eelgrass distribution in Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay. Sources of information include nautical charts, peer-reviewed literature, gray literature, state shellfish reports, aerial photographs, local knowledge, and other sources as available and relevant.
3.  Assist in field collection of samples and site visits for sea level rise analysis. Intern will visit one or more sites in Gloucester, Nahant, Cohasset, and Sandwich.

Preferred Qualifications:
Our ideal intern is curious, self-motivated, and enthusiastic about collaborative projects. Excellent organizational and communication skills are a must. In addition, the candidate should have:
Interest in or experience with the ecology of eelgrass or other coastal habitats
Experience in environmental field work required, boat-based expertise preferred.
Experience preparing sediment and/or plant samples for elemental analysis.
Ability to work independently.
Proficiency in Word, Excel, and Arc GIS.
Availability through September 5, 2015.
Access to personal transportation.

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