MDIBL Community Lab is accepting applications from College of the Atlantic students for a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) “Arsenic in All Seasons” Internship. Since 2016, the MDIBL, Dartmouth College, College of the Atlantic, and local schools have collaborated on an effort to raise awareness about the importance of private well water testing. Funded through various government grants, this project aims to enable local water testing while also enhancing opportunities for teaching data literacy. Interns will assist with many components of the ongoing project including: private well water sampling, data management, data visualization, public outreach efforts, and project design of future areas of study. The internship will be based out of Mt. Desert Island Community Laboratory in Bar Harbor, ME.
1. Collect monthly groundwater samples from designated private wells during June-August as part of an ongoing seasonality study and an Environmental Index development project.
2. Conduct surface water sampling in concert with the National Park Service’s monthly sampling events and other initiatives connected to the development of an Environmental Index of local water quality.
3. Manage and organize the growing water quality dataset associated with the spatial variation in water chemistry study and seasonality study. Develop new visuals to interpret data and enable dissemination.
4. Contribute to the maintenance and expansion of the GIS Story Map of the All About Arsenic project which hosts resources for educators and community members.
5. Help design and conduct a broad sampling event during mid-late August to capture dry-season water quality of ~80 local private wells.
6. Help with project design and initial grant writing for future projects stemming from existing data.
7. Participate in other water quality projects as they may arise from collaborators.
8. Prepare data summary and report of findings for use in future presentations and outreach about components of the All About Arsenic project.
Qualifications: Enrollment as an undergraduate student at College of the Atlantic. Knowledge of or willingness to learn about geology, groundwater chemistry, and public health data. Familiarity with GIS, water sampling methods, and data management. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Flexibility to adapt to quickly changing work demands and schedules and ability to be prepared for anything on any given day. Sense of humor and ability to use logic to solve problems.
Period of Service: June 21, 2021 – September 4, 2021 (440 hours maximum). Days off: 2 days/week to be arranged. Hours may not exceed 40 hours/week. Weekend work may be needed. Wages: $575/week Pay period: Two stipends: half at the beginning, half at the end. Room/Board: Provided, on MDIBL campus. Work
Environment: Much of the work is performed indoors, however field work may involve driving, visiting well owners, sampling streams and lakes. Other: Interns are expected to supply their own outdoor gear appropriate for working in wet conditions. Intern must have a valid driver’s license.
In this application you will be asked to upload a resume, upload student-copy transcripts, provide the name and email address of ONE reference who can speak to your qualifications for this internship, and enter essay question answers. You can start the application, “save for later,” and then return with your login to continue editing and augmenting your application information.
SEPA Application Deadline: 11:59pm Eastern Time March 13, 2021