Science and Conservation Internship; National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Job Title: 
Science and Conservation Internship
Job Location: 
Silver Spring, Maryland
July through September
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017


The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation supports research, monitoring, restoration, education and outreach efforts within our national marine sanctuaries which are critical for the health of our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes.  The Foundation coordinates with NOAA, its Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, and other partner organizations to use community service funds to directly benefit NOAA's public trust resources.  These funds have been used to restore, preserve, and protect injured marine resources across the sanctuary system and on behalf of sanctuary resources. 


The intern’s primary responsibility will be to assist the Foundation’s Policy and Conservation Director with ongoing programs designed to achieve the goals listed below.

Science and Conservation Goals

  • Research and develop on-the-ground science and conservation projects to support national marine sanctuaries and sanctuary resources
  • Build  and strengthen partnerships with organizations and institutions that can assist with conservation work and outreach
  • Manage existing conservation projects, spend plans, and accounts
  • Create and promote communications materials and products
  • Increase the number of Department of Justice cases and community service payments to the Foundation

Activities: Tasks associated with fulfilling these goals are likely to include developing and supporting conservation projects by coordinating with staff and partners, producing reports and project summaries featuring key outcomes, fostering partnerships and leveraging additional funds and resources, and working with the Foundation management to engage the Department of Justice and its Assistant U.S. Attorneys.


  • Bachelor’s degree or near completion
  • Exceptional writing and analytical skills.
  • Experience creating communications materials
  • Ability to perform under tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated initiative, ability to work both independently and with others.
  • Ability to work quickly and prioritize multiple projects.
  • Familiarity with a range of software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Experience working with marine and/or environmental organizations a plus.

How to Apply

Please send cover letter, resume, 1-2 writing samples (3 pages max per sample) and 3 professional references to applicants [at] with subject line ‘Science and Conservation Internship’. Deadline for applications is May 31, 2017.

*Internship will run July through September and is unpaid. The Foundation can offer academic credit.

Please note that all jobs are automatically removed once the application deadline passes. Jobs without a deadline are automatically removed after 30 days.