Salary: $16.77 to $21.80 per hour
Application deadline: 02/20/2023
Start date: July 3rd-July 31st, 2023

The Natural Resources Intern: Marine is a seasonal position with the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe (JST) focused on skills acquisition and development through work under the Tribal Wildlife grant “Quantifying marine macroalgal habitat resources and planning for resilience in a changing world”. The intern will work directly with the JST Shellfish Biologist and is involved in a variety of work in the field, an office setting, and in a restoration aquaculture hatchery with the project partner Puget Sound Restoration Fund (PSRF). Although under the direct supervision of the Shellfish Biologist, this person works with several different personnel at PSRF at the Kenneth Chew Center at NOAA’s Manchester Research Station. The intern is expected to learn and employ techniques and procedures used in field and in laboratory work.

Our Natural Resources Department is now recruiting for a Natural Resources Intern: Marine to join the team! This position is grant funded and will last for a total of 11 weeks. The role requires occasional weekend work and early mornings to catch low tides. The position start date is flexible between July 3rd – July 31st, 2023. Applications will be accepted through 02/20/2023 and the compensation range is listed at $16.77 to $21.80 per hour.

Essential Functions

  • Perform field work and restoration science.
  • Work closely with JST shellfish biologist on average for (75% of time).
  • Work with PSRF staff in Manchester on kelp cultivation of JST kelp gametophyte bank, WA (25% of time).
  • Involvement in various intertidal and subtidal survey activities including macroalgae surveys in the rocky intertidal.
  • Learn and practice skills including: macroalgae identification, survey methods, data entry, data management and science communication.
  • Collect fertile material of kelp by hand or by snorkel.
  • Learn and perform general algal cultivation lab techniques, such as following lab protocols, working in a sterile environment, preparing media and glassware, and cataloging samples.
  • Restoration aquaculture including specialized kelp cultivation practices that can be used in restoration or farming applications; these include kelp sporulation and gametophyte isolation, both of which involve attention to detail and microscope use.
  • May be involved in pilot aquaculture research.
  • Plan and conduct 3 independent informational interviews with other professionals in natural resources or aquaculture related fields.
  • Adhere to all JST policies and procedures, including but not limited to standards for safety, and work practices as described in the Occupational Exposure Control Plan
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Interest in science, biology, aquaculture, or resource management
  • Must be able to spend hours on feet walking on un-even ground.
  • Valid Driver’s License with insurance on file
  • This internship provides exposure to working with JST Natural Resources Department and PSRF. Individual must be a self-starter and have ability to work with a variety of personal, switching jobs and work environments regularly through the week.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen and must successfully complete the federal clearance process required to work at federal facility – NOAA Manchester Research station. PSRF will guide intern through that process upon acceptance of job offer.
  • Ability to travel locally and regionally as assigned.
  • Must be able to successfully pass criminal background investigation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Enrolled in a continued education program (community college, technical school, apprenticeship program, university program)
  • Comfort in and around water, experience swimming or snorkeling will provide additional field training opportunities for intern.
  • American Indian/Alaska Native preferences apply.

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