Gain hands-on experience conducting research through internships
Our internships funded through the Blair Foundation provide opportunities to students in the Marine and Ecological Sciences Department. Five positions are funded per year (July 1–June 30) to contact specific research activities at Vester. The application process opens Feb. 1 each year, and interns are selected by April 1. The following positions are being reviewed for 2019:
Rink2Reef: This program transforms broken hockey sticks into oyster habitats. The intern is tasked with conducting research on the reef flora and fauna and developing criteria for continued monitoring of deployed Rink2Reef units. They also work with stewards to coordinate data collection and monitoring efforts. The intern also coordinates with local hockey teams for pickup of broken sticks. More background is on the program website.
Oyster Recycling: This student will create and deliver materials to local restaurants needed for oyster shell collection and transport. They will pick-up oyster shells from restaurants on a biweekly basis. They will also create informational placards for the restaurants about the recycling program and how it relates to oyster reef restoration projects in the area.
Education Outreach: Two students will assist with field trips for local high schools on Estero Bay. They will also create environmental informational placards for local businesses.
Oyster Monitoring: This intern will participate in monthly field work involving various monitoring techniques for oyster beds. They will also input data for the Vester oyster monitoring program (in conjunction with the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve). Lastly, they will instruct/direct volunteer assistants in field activities.