Summer Science Internship

IMG_20160721_060631407_HDREach year the Great Pond Foundation engages the services of high school and college interns to assist with the summer field program. In 2017 the Foundation continued its water sampling at 10 stations around Edgartown Great Pond. It is our goal not only to track the changes in water quality throughout the season, but also to compare them to benchmarks of Pond health established by the Massachusetts Estuaries Project. In addition to water sampling, we had the opportunity to get into the water and snorkel through eelgrass (Zostera marina) beds for transect surveys and tunicate collection. We also spent our time partnering with BiodiversityWorks to monitor and protect the beach nesting birds on the barrier beach and with the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group to restore the oyster population in the Pond.  Here are some highlights of our 2017 season.

For the second year in a row GPF hosted as STEM camp for Island youth.  In 2017 students built an ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution engineer, Megan Carroll.  GPF Summer Science Interns were the teaching assistants for this week long class.  After the class a couple of the STEM Camp students joined us for a launch of their ROV in Edgartown Great Pond.  Here is a video the field launch:



We have filled our positions for 2019.

Please check back in January 2020.

Internship Job Description

by Natalie Scanlan & Sam Hartman

Since 1998, the Great Pond Foundation has focused on enhancing the health of the Edgartown Great Pond through science, research, and education – in partnership with the town of Edgartown and other concerned organizations. Our goals are to educate the public to the pond’s value and condition, and support the town of Edgartown in enhancing its recreational and ecological features.

We are looking for one High School and one College student for a Summer Science Internship. Candidates should have a passion for the environment and thirst for learning. Position entails collecting and testing water samples, helping with oyster restoration efforts, and monitoring beach nesting birds at Edgartown Great Pond.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three references to Emily.



Meet the 2018 Interns

Summer brings many wonderful things to Edgartown Great Pond, chief among them the people. This year the Great Pond Foundation is well-staffed with an enthusiastic and dedicated field team. It is our pleasure to introduce Spencer Goldsmith, Great Pond Foundation’s High School Intern, and to welcome back Sam Hartman for his third summer. Congratulations to Sam on his high school graduation in June of 2018! Sam grew up along with our water sampling program and we are excited for him to assume a leadership role as our College Intern.

Spencer Goldsmith

Spencer Goldsmith is a ninth grader at Falmouth Academy. His interests include space exploration, photography and travel, and he hopes to find a career that incorporates all three. Born and raised on the Vineyard, Spencer enjoys learning about and caring for his local ecosystems. He brings his attention to detail, and his experience with our summer STEM Camps, to the team.

Sam Hartman

Sam Hartman recently graduated from the Newman School in Boston, and will attend Clark University in the fall. His interests include marine biology, hiking and going to the beach. Now entering his third year with the Great Pond Foundation, he looks forward to taking on more responsibility as the Senior Intern, as well as increased eelgrass research. During his senior year, Sam analyzed data that he helped collect during his first two field seasons. Through his internship this year he hopes to more fully understand the wildlife and health of the Pond. Learn more about Sam’s 1st internship experience…