Summer Science Internship

We are hiring!

Summer Internship Deadline: March 1st, 2020.

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Each year the Great Pond Foundation engages the services of high school and college interns to assist with our Ecological Monitoring Program. GPF is committed to scientific data collection, much of which involves assessing water quality at 12 stations around Edgartown Great Pond twice weekly. In addition to water sampling, interns will help monitor eelgrass (Zostera marina) beds and survey for invertebrates such as shellfish, jellyfish, and tunicates. In summer 2020, we will be starting a Biodiversity Monitoring Program, where we will study species composition and abundance of fish, zooplankton, and phytoplankton in the Pond by conducting tows with beach seine and plankton nets. Additionally, GPF hosts a STEM camp for Island youth, where middle school students build an ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution engineer, Megan Carroll. GPF Summer Science Interns act as teaching assistants for this week long class. 

We are looking for one high school and one college student for a Summer Science Internship. The ideal candidates should have an interest and enthusiasm for marine biology, environmental science, and science communication. Candidates must be capable of conducting repetitive tasks and spending long hours in the sun, with field days starting just after sunrise. Ability to collect and record scientific data accurately is required. Experience operating small boats and knowledge of New England coastal habitats and commonly found species is a plus. A typical week will be 25-30 hours, but occasionally up to 40 hours/week, with 3-4 work days each week. Housing may be available if needed. 

Meet the 2019 Field Team

Great Pond Foundation made a further commitment to our scientific program with the addition of Julie Pringle, Field Science Coordinator, to our year-round scientific staff on April 22nd, 2019, Earth Day.  A most fortuitous day to start!  We feel extremely lucky to have such an intelligent, hard-working, and committed field team in 2019 and we cannot wait for you to meet them. 

GPF’s Field Science Coordinator: Julie Pringle

We are delighted to introduce Julie Pringle, who recently completed her Master’s degree at University of Connecticut Avery Point, where she studied biological oceanography. At UConn, Julie’s thesis focused on coastal ecology, specifically age and growth patterns of the Atlantic silverside, a small but abundant fish that plays an important role in the food web. Prior to graduate school, Julie worked as the Water Resources Intern at the Martha’s Vineyard Commission and as a Laboratory Assistant at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. As an undergraduate, Julie attended Tufts University, where she received a B.S. in biology. Julie has all of the academic qualifications and experience she needs to succeed as a field biologist, but it is her ability to solve problems, think one step ahead, and her careful attention to detail that make her the ideal Field Science Coordinator. 

As a native Islander Julie developed a passion for anything water-related from an early age. Her childhood spent sailing and swimming led to a curiosity about the creatures living under the surface, which grew into a desire to protect this wildlife from the many threats they face. Julie hopes to draw on her prior research and work experiences to further expand the science initiatives at the Great Pond Foundation. She is excited to work with the growing dataset of water quality measurements to quantitatively analyze how pond health has changed over time. If you see her out on the water this summer say hi!

GPF’s Summer Science Intern: Justine Cassel

Welcome Justine Cassel, a 2017 graduate of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and a native islander, to the GPF team as our Summer Science Intern.  After graduation, Justine spent the summer interning for Friends of Sengekontacket, where she worked closely with local shellfish departments. Justine then served for six months with AmeriCorps – American Conservation Experience in Arizona. In Arizona, Justine worked on trail maintenance and restoration to help promote environmental stewardship. Currently, Justine is a sophomore at the University of New Hampshire pursuing a dual major in Freshwater, Estuary, Marine Biology and Sustainability.   Justine is mature beyond her years and combines an incredible level of poise and professionalism and is a hard-working and intelligent young scientist.  Justine, we are so glad you decided to join our team!

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…