Seasonal Field and Lab Assistant

Narragansett Bay NERR

Prudence Island, Rhode Island

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $15.00/hr.
Deadline Mar 15, 2021

2021 Seasonal Field and Lab Assistant
Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

About Us

The Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NBNERR) is part of a network of 29 reserves within the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS), a partnership program between NOAA and the coastal states.  This partnership protects more than 1.3 million acres of estuarine land and water for long-term research, education, and stewardship.

NBNERR is located in the geographic center of Narragansett Bay, RI, and includes four islands: Prudence, Patience, Hope and Dyer. The Reserve’s headquarters are located on the south end of Prudence Island.  Prudence Island is only accessible from the mainland by ferry or boat and has limited commercial development. 

Job Description

NBNERR is seeking energetic applicants for a paid summer position to join a diverse team of environmental professionals. This is a full-time, 3-6 months, position to begin around mid to late May/first week of June, 2021. NBNERR conducts research, monitoring and stewardship in both estuarine and coastal terrestrial habitats on topics that include salt marsh restoration, water quality and invasive species monitoring, and upland habitat management, with a particular focus on climate change. Although the duties of this position will vary, the primary responsibilities will be to assist with the Reserve’s long-term water quality monitoring program and ongoing salt marsh and upland monitoring and restoration projects.  As time permits, additional duties will include assisting with a diversity of other research, monitoring, and mapping programs in the Reserve. This position is based on Prudence Island; however, some work may be conducted in other parts of Narragansett Bay. The compensation package will be competitive and can include subsidized housing at the Reserve. This position reports to senior Reserve staff including the Marine Research Specialist II, Research Coordinator, and Stweardship Coordinator. The successful candidate will be employed by the *Audubon Society of Rhode Island through a partnership with the Reserve.


Applicants should be nearing completion of their degree or had obtained a bachelor’s degree in marine science, ecology, biology, or a related field.  The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, self-starting, have experience conducting both field studies and laboratory procedures, and be willing and able to adhere to current COVID19 safety guidelines, such as wearing mask, handwashing, social distancing, among others. 

Why should you apply

This position is designed to provide the successful candidate with a broad range of experiences in ecological monitoring.  This in turn will lead to an enhanced skillset, increased knowledge base, and the ability to add valuable experience and accomplishments to your resume.

*Audubon Society of Rhode Island is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


To Apply

Interested applicants should send an electronic resume, cover letter, and contact information of three references to Dr. Daisy Durant at  Please feel free to contact us at 401-683-7368 if you have questions about the position. 


Application packages received by March 15th, 2021 will receive full consideration.  Shortly after submission, you will receive confirmation of receipt of your application by email. You will be contacted by phone if we would like to schedule an interview.


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