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 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…