Atlantic Salmon Ecosystems Research Team Internships

ASERT and the Maine Sea Grant Program at the University of Maine offer paid internships that allow students to gain practical experience in fisheries science and management.

Intern releasing salmon in river.

Summer intern Liberty Chestnut releases a sea-run adult Atlantic salmon in the Sandy River.

These positions are only open to undergraduates at the University of Maine Orono or Machias campuses.

Students have the opportunity to work 40 hours per week for up to 12 weeks over the summer, in collaboration with staff at NOAA, UMaine, and the Division of Sea-run Fisheries and Habitats in Maine’s Department of Marine Resources (DMR). Other opportunities may be available at the DMR's Augusta, Bangor, or Jonesboro Offices, while NOAA opportunities may be at Orono, Maine or Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Interns will be involved in different aspects of collaborative efforts to protect and restore diadromous fish populations. Experience could include but is not limited to the following:

  • Monitoring fish trap and river passage facilities for diadromous fishes.

  • Learning to identify fish, proper fish handling techniques, and how to prepare Atlantic salmon and river herring scales for ageing.

  • All aspects of DMR's field sampling programs including electrofishing assessment, fishway inspections, and fish monitoring.

  • Cutting-edge field and lab techniques for environmental DNA tool development.

For further information, contact Justin Stevens or Ruth Haas-Castro.

Last updated by on October 18, 2019