MDIBL’s Community Environmental Health Laboratory 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 secondary schools in Maine and New Hampshire have collaborated in an effort to test private wells for arsenic while raising awareness about the importance of private well water testing. Funded through various government grants, this project aims to enable local well 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 for arsenic analysis, data management, data visualization, and public outreach and education efforts.
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 local water quality monitoring.
3. Manage and organize the emerging datasets from these studies. Develop new visuals to interpret data and enable dissemination.
4. Contribute to the maintenance and expansion of a GIS Story Map that hosts resources for educators and community members regarding arsenic in groundwater.
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 information related to arsenic exposure. Familiarity with GIS, water sampling methods, data management, and analysis. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Flexibility to adapt to quickly changing work demands and schedules.
Timeline: June 1- 21, 2021, prep work totaling 40 hours. June 21-August 28, 2021 full-time 40 hour weeks. Days off: 2 days/week to be arranged. Weekend work may be needed.
Stipend: $575/week for an 11-week internship. Housing and dining may become available depending on Covid-19 restrictions. Pay period: Two stipends: half at the beginning, half at the end.
Work Environment: Much of the work is performed indoors, however, fieldwork 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