Early Scientist Internship

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Early Scientist Internship


PSO Marine Extension Service

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (https://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department:

UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant provides research, education, training and science-based outreach to assist Georgia in solving problems and realizing opportunities for its coastal and marine environments. By advancing research, education and training, and outreach, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant promotes the economic, cultural and environmental health of Georgia’s coast and prepare citizens to become good stewards of coastal ecosystems and watershed resources.

UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant is a unit of Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia, supporting Georgia’s short- and long-term prosperity.

UGA Marine Extension serves a diverse coastal constituency and educates citizens about Georgia’s marine resources and the importance of being good environmental stewards. It provides assistance to marine industries by finding ways to increase their efficiency and effectiveness and encourages the development of new, environmentally sustainable industries.

The Georgia Sea Grant College Program is part of a national network of 34 Sea Grant programs located in every coastal and Great Lakes state, Puerto Rico, Lake Champlain, and Guam. These programs serve as a core of a dynamic university-based network of over 300 institutions involving more than 3,000 scientists, engineers, educators, students and outreach experts.

The network engages with academia and a wide variety of partners to address issues related to the coasts, oceans and marine resources. Sea Grant is a program of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) within the U.S.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

The letter of interest/cover letter should explain your interest in gaining experience in the sciences and environmental health, natural resources management, and community involvement in environmental justice.
If you have one developed, please include your resume.
Please list 3 references with contact information.

Location of Vacancy:

Outside Athens

EOO Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).


Assist in execution of YoPro (Young Professional) STEM Training program – after-school youth program with Coastal Outreach Soccer.

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Engage with the Pride in Glynn Seafood project to increase awareness and evaluation of seafood consumption advisories through our education products:
•Seafood advisory cookbook – solicitation of recipes, production (layout using existing design template), dissemination of books and book promotions.
•User materials (field guide and home preparation guide) – dissemination at community events and localities and online promotion.

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Contribute to Environmental Justice Advisory Board capacity building:
•Participation in community programs and meetings, as requested.
•Development of website and social media communication platforms.
•Concept outlines for EJAB Environmental Resource Center.

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As time permits and based on the individual’s interest, internship or volunteer time may be dedicated to:
•Husbandry and care of lab’s live reptile teaching collection.
•Shadow field staff on lab’s research projects.
•Planting and upkeep of Risley Farms community urban garden.
•Participate in UGA professional development opportunities for students and early career professionals.

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Temporary Office/Clerical





Position Summary:

This part-time internship provides a workforce development opportunity for a young adult from our resident, underserved community who is interested in ecological sciences, natural resource management, and community engagement in environmental health. We specifically are offering this opportunity to aspiring scientists from Brunswick, GA who seek exposure to scientific professions and increased involvement in local community environmental justice efforts. The internship is hosted by the UGA Marine Extension Coastal Ecology Lab and will assist with programs with community partners.
Gain experience in STEM professional workforces and local community engagement efforts
Receive exposure to different workforce and post-high school education opportunities in Brunswick and surrounding areas
Work in an environment conducive to learning and professional growth

The Coastal Ecology Lab at UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant is seeking a motivated and energetic individual who enjoys working with people to develop new ways to face standing challenges in environmental justice and conservation issues. This position will be based out of the UGA Marine Extension (MAREX) facility. Responsibilities and opportunities may include some local travel to community events and businesses, nearby field research sites, or partnering establishments. Transportation will be provided or reimbursed if a personal vehicle is available and used for travel that takes place as part of essential job responsibilities. As this position will involve some computer work, they will be provided with a workstation at MAREX that meets the capacity requirements of the tasks.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification in Position:

Basic familiarity with computers and comfort with learning new software (e.g., Microsoft, Adobe, web design/editing, social media platforms).

 Be at least 18 years of age.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies :

Excitement for working with diverse group of people and occasionally initiating communications via emails, phone calls, or in-person visits to businesses.
Basic familiarity with computers and comfort with learning new software (e.g., Microsoft, Adobe, web design/editing, social media platforms).
Once hired, the intern will receive basic training and certifications maintained by all employees in the program, including but not restricted to training for working with minors and live animal husbandry.
Participate in pre and post internship assessments, progress and summary reports, and exit interview throughout the course of the term.
UGA follows the CDC restrictions for COVID-19 safety. The intern will complete the institutional awareness trainings and strictly follow all guidelines as a condition of employment.

Physical Demands:

 Work outdoors in summer heat and lift objects up to 50 lbs. Driving.

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Posted: 4/1/2021
Application Due: 4/21/2021
Work Type: Full Time