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wells reserve & laudholm trust

Full- and part-time positions, fellowships, and internships.

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Staff Positions

Research Director

Posted August 13, 2015. The Research Director oversees research and monitoring activities of the Wells Reserve. This includes oversight of long-term weather, water quality, and biological monitoring initiatives, on-going river and salt marsh restoration efforts, as well as initiation of new research that is responsive to stakeholder needs in Southern Maine, New England, and the NERR System. The person in this position administers, manages, and develops all facets of the Research Program; conducts individual and team research; supervises staff, interns, and graduate students; interfaces with the public; writes external grants and manages a program budget. The Research Director reports to the Reserve Director.

  • Minimum Qualifications: A PhD at the time of appointment in ecology, biology, environmental science, or related field; demonstrated scientific research in estuarine/coastal ecology; grant-writing experience; supervisory experience; and effective communication and partnership-building skills. Post-doctoral and/or other relevant professional experience preferred.
  • Compensation and Benefits: Starting salary will range from $55,000 to $60,000, commensurate with experience. The Wells Reserve offers a competitive benefits package that includes health and dental insurance, TIAA-CREF retirement annuity match, vacation leave, travel support for presentation at scientific meetings, etc.
  • More Information: Download position details | Download NERR System research and monitoring overview
  • Deadline: Applications must be postmarked or emailed by 5pm Friday, September 18.

Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System’s Graduate Research Fellowship provides master’s degree students and Ph.D. candidates with an opportunity to conduct research of local and national significance that focuses on enhancing coastal zone management. Fellows do their research within a National Estuarine Research Reserve and gain hands-on experience by participating in their host reserve’s research and monitoring programs. Graduate Research Fellowship projects are based on the reserves’ local needs, the reserve system’s national priorities, and the students’ interest. For more information, visit Please note: Due to budget constraints, the GRF program is currently not accepting new applicants.

Ongoing Opportunities

Unpaid internships in coastal science and environmental learning are available to students and teachers of biology, marine biology, environmental studies, science education, and related fields. Please call for more information.