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Internship Opportunity

Understanding Sea Level Rise Impacts to Wetlands at the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Oregon

Posted on: 01/28/2019

Summary / Description

The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (Reserve) established Sentinel Sites in the reserve to understand the local effects of sea level rise on tidal wetland plant communities, including emergent marshes and eelgrass beds. The intern will work closely with the Reserve science staff to collect field-based data including marsh and eelgrass biomonitoring, sediment dynamics information (surface elevation and sediment accretion), and groundwater level and tide level data at multiple sites in the estuary.

From this internship, the student will gain experience in field, laboratory, and professional office settings. The intern will gain knowledge of a variety of field equipment and techniques related to wetland monitoring including: percent cover and density metrics for wetland plant communities, plant identification, rod surface elevation tables (R-SETS), feldspar marker horizons, estuary water level and groundwater level instruments, and groundwater well installation. This opportunity may also include data analysis using newly collected data to characterize trends over time. The intern will collaborate with the Reserve science team, and have opportunities to participate in other Reserve science and education projects.


Skills Required

Suitable for undergraduates, or graduate students (with modifications including a targeted research question, increased emphasis on data analysis, and potential for additional monitoring elements such as soil salinity or estuary water quality monitoring depending on research question).

Required: Interns should be willing to work outside, able to hike in mudflats and uneven marsh terrain to field sites carrying heavy field equipment, willing to work odd-hours (often early due to tides), dependable, punctual, detail oriented even when using repetitive data-collection methods, and able to work both as part of a team and independently.

Desired: Experience with database and data analysis software to complete data entry and trend analyses of datasets is preferred.

Special Note: Having a personal vehicle is highly recommended. The South Slough Reserve is in a rural setting and in the past interns who had their own vehicles had an easier time exploring the area and getting to town. Agency vehicles are available for work use only.


Charleston, OR

Other Information

Intern Supervisor:
Jenni Schmitt
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