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Laboratory & Field Summer Intern

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Position Information

Position Information

Present Position Number T0374V
Role Code Title Laboratory & Research Tech
Position Title Laboratory & Field Summer Intern
Position Summary

The Laboratory & Field Summer Intern position is located at The Virginia Institute of Marine Science’s Eastern Shore Laboratory in Wachapreague, VA.

PLEASE NOTE: This position requires the incumbent to be actively enrolled in a college or university degree program. This position also requires the incumbent’s primary residence be located in Accomack or Northampton County.

The Laboratory & Field Summer Intern position assists with ongoing research projects including but not limited to: scallop restoration, aquaculture environment interactions and the effects of oyster reefs on nutrient cycling.

The responsibilities include:

  • Assists with field sampling and processing of samples. Assists with preparations prior to sampling and post-sampling cleaning and storing of field gear.
  • Assists with the maintenance and care of juvenile bay scallops aquaculture nursery systems, field assessment of bay scallop populations.
  • Collects and records data and ensure data is accurately maintained.
Required Qualifications

Currently enrolled in a University or College degree program.


  • A basic knowledge of marine ecology.
  • Familiarity with coastal marine environments on the Eastern Shore.
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety protocols and basic laboratory procedures with the ability to process samples, prepare set up of experiments and recording data.
  • General working knowledge of laboratory equipment, with the demonstrated ability to use microscopes.
  • Proficiency in a variety of computer software applications,strong data entry skills.
  • Good communication skills with the ability to follow instructions and work effectively as part of a team.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and accuracy in daily work.
  • Ability to do field work aboard small boats and work in marine environments.


  • Experience working in a laboratory setting.
  • Experience using a microscope.
Preferred Qualifications


  • Familiarity with marine benthic invertebrates.
  • Knowledge of using data tracking systems with skills in data tracking or management and data analysis.


  • Experience working on field research projects in marine science.
  • Experience using compound and dissecting microscopes.
  • Prior experience in data entry or database tracking.
Advertised Pay Range Up to $11.54, commesurate with experience
Department Eastern Shore Laboratory - 135100
Location VIMS - Eastern Shore
University Salary Range

Job Open Date 12/12/2017
Review Begin Date
Job Close Date 03/02/2018
Open Until Filled No
Employment Category Hourly
Position Term Other (Specify Below)
Special Application Instructions
Conditions of Employment:
  • Due to Funding award, this position requires the incumbent to be actively enrolled in a college or university degree program. Also, required is primary residence being in Accomack or Northampton County
  • This is a non-exempt position, eligible to receive overtime in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act. This position may be subject to overtime during high peak times, etc. as directed and approved by the supervisor.
  • This position is a 40 hour, temporary (hourly) position not to exceed 6 months.
  • All hourly employees are subject to the limitations of the Virginia Manpower Control Program and total hours worked may not exceed on average 29 hours per week, over the course of a twelve month period beginning May 1 each year.
  • Ability to do field work aboard small boats and work in marine environments.
EEO Statement

The College of William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Background Check Statement

The College of William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Supplemental Question

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you currently enrolled in a College or University degree program?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Is your primary residence in either Accomack or Northampton County, VA?
    • yes
    • no
  3. * Please describe your laboratory experience, include any equipment you used.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Do you have small boating experience? if so please describe

    (Open Ended Question)

Supplemental Documents

Required Documents
Optional Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Other Doc