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Job Opportunities

CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Program Seasonal Resource Assistant Job Opportunities https://www.jobapscloud.com/CT/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=200108&R2=3492VR&R3=002

American Shad & Sturgeon Monitoring

Description: The Connecticut DEEP Marine Fisheries Program is looking for enthusiastic and qualified applicants for seasonal positions starting in April or May at the CT DEEP Marine Headquarters in Old Lyme. These positions are limited in duration and pay $11 – $14/hr based on relevant experience. In these positions we provide opportunities for practical fisheries experience outside of course work in the biological sciences, through field work and lab work.

Duties: The American shad and sturgeon projects conduct a variety of field, laboratory and office work activities which vary by project but could include: sampling with fishing gear such as gill nets, skiff trawls and beach seines. Routine field work could consist of day trips on small, open boats (17’-28’) with fishing gear hauled by hand to collect fish which are identified, measured and quantified. Sampling is conducted in all weather conditions. The range of waters sampled includes Long Island Sound and Connecticut River. Field work will be conducted on average 3 days a week from April-October. Laboratory or office work could include identifying and counting juvenile fish, preparing and ageing fish scales, cleaning and repairing fishing gear, and data entry.

Qualifications: Actively pursuing or having completed a college degree in biological sciences with coursework in fisheries or a related field. A degree is preferred but not required. Candidates with work experience in a related field may be considered. Candidates should possess a valid driver’s license and be willing to conduct rigorous field work in various weather conditions.

Hours per week: Typically a 35 hour work week Monday-Friday, with variation in hours depending on field sampling location and activity. Total duration of positions not to exceed 1030 hours. Preference is for candidates that can complete the full duration of the position

To Apply: Submit the employment application and resume through the CT Job website https://www.jobapscloud.com/CT/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=200108&R2=3492VR&R3=002

Please note that positions will likely be filled prior to the end date of the job posting.


Post-doc Opportunities

Postdoctoral Scholar  – Development of a Coupled Multi-Fishery Ecological- Economic Model is advertised – http://apply.interfolio.com/72912


Postdoctoral Scholar – Advanced Tech Data Acquisition is advertised –http://apply.interfolio.com/72917

Student Opportunities

Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program – A summer internship program for high school students to engage, inspire and diversify the next generation of fisheries professionals. Application to the program is open to all current high school sophomores, juniors and seniors regardless of race, creed, or gender. We highly encourage students from minority backgrounds to submit applications to the Hutton Program.

Applications will be open: December 15th, 2019-February 16th, 2020

FMI: https://hutton.fisheries.org/


Positions: Two Graduate Research Assistants in salt marsh invertebrate ecology (summer 2020, funded)

Location: Cape Cod National Seashore, US National Park Service, MA, USA

Dates: Late April through August 2020, with possibility of renewal in 2021 if performance is strong

Project manager / supervisor: Dr. Rachel Thiet, Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of Conservation Biology, Antioch University New England, Keene, NH, USA

Project description: This project is funded through two US National Park Service grants to Dr. Rachel Thiet, in collaboration with the US National Park Service / Cape Cod National Seashore and the Center for Coastal Studies. The two Research Assistantships will provide full funding (salary and housing) for the summer 2020 field season. Funding is also secure for 2021; thus, one position may be renewed a second year if RA performance is strong. The RA will work with Dr. Thiet and her colleagues to characterize the benthic and epibenthic invertebrate food web (e.g., sediment invertebrates, shellfish and crabs) and horseshoe crab population ecology, and to conduct benthic habitat assessments of East Harbor, a partially restored, back-barrier salt marsh lagoon in N. Truro, MA, Cape Cod National Seashore. This project is part of an on-going assessment of long-term restoration outcomes at the site, and results from the project will inform science-based salt marsh habitat restoration and management on Cape Cod and throughout the National Park Service Coastal and Barrier Network.

The RAs will be expected to conduct field- and laboratory work between late April and August 2020 (29 hours per week), and will be expected to move to Cape Cod National Seashore to live in Visiting Researcher housing for the duration of the field season. Housing will be provided, and a stipend of approximately $5500 will be provided to each RA for the season (administered in installments every two weeks).

This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in salt marsh ecology and restoration, and to live and work with a team of experienced, passionate ecologists and managers. For more information about the project, visit the East Harbor Tidal Restoration webpage (https://www.nps.gov/caco/learn/nature/east-harbor-tidal-restoration-project-page.htm), or read Dr. Thiet’s publications about her on-going research at the site (https://www.antioch.edu/new-england/faculty/rachel-thiet/).

Qualifications: Qualified individuals will have:

  1. Strong interest in salt marsh ecology and restoration (experience in salt marshes is ideal but not required)
  2. Excellent attention to detail
  3. Excellent data management skills
  4. Experience using GIS (strong spatial modeling skills are ideal but not required)
  5. Excellent written and oral communication skills
  6. Willingness and ability to conduct strenuous daily fieldwork in water and under various weather conditions
  7. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  8. Willingness and ability to move to Cape Cod National Seashore researcher housing April-August 2020
  9. Desire to work in an active, stimulating community of scientists

To apply, submit a resume/CV, statement of interest and experience in salt marsh ecology/restoration, writing sample, and contact information for three references to Dr. Rachel Thiet at rthiet(at)antioch.edu, with “Cape Cod RA application” in the subject line. Deadline for applications is February 17, 2020.


The Atlantic Research Learning Center at Cape Cod National Seashore is partnering with the Friends of Cape Cod National Seashore once again to provide a research fellowship. The Nickerson Fellowship has a long history at the park and has funded many young researchers and students as well as some established scientists. The funding amount is relatively modest at around $4000 per fellow but many fellows have been able to use the funds over the years to complement existing research efforts.  Information can also be found on this webpage.

Contact Information

Direct questions to the Cape Cod National Seashore

Chief of NRMS Geoffrey Sanders

[email protected]

The deadline for fellowship applications is March 13, 2020. Late proposals will not be considered.


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