Summer Internship Position Available

We’re looking for a summer intern!

Would you love to work outdoors on Block Island this summer? Spend your time on, in and around the water and its marine life? If so, you definitely need to be our intern. Please read the job responsibilities and requirements below and please let us know if you are interested.

2015 Block Island Maritime Institute (BIMI) Internship
Marine Science Educator
Position Announcement
June 15, 2015 – August 30, 2015

Primary Responsibilities

  • Participating in daily Mon-Sat marine educational programs and weekly Tuesday night seminars, assisting in and leading educational classes, answering public inquiries, and interacting with adults and children. This might include set-up, acquiring materials, participating in presentations, breakdown, and clean up. At least one of the weekly seminars will be the sole responsibility of the summer intern.
  • Designing and executing a relevant research or educational project. The subject will be negotiated with the Program Manager and at least one Board Member.  It might be a long-term look at plankton in the Great Salt Pond or invasive species to island waters or developing educational modules for BIMI and/or local schools. At the end of the internship, the intern will write an article to be published in the semi-annual BIMI Breeze about their project.
  • Writing a weekly blog for the duration of the internship. This blog may be published in the Block Island Times newspaper and other social media.
  • Supervising volunteers participating in educational programs.Documenting daily activities, observations, and research.
  • Providing minor maintenance of the aquarium touch tanks and Institute facilities, which may include painting, updating information, and displays.
  • Distributing posters, brochures, and other program information throughout the Island.
  • Assisting with visiting school groups and clubs. There will be four week-long visiting school groups, as well as day visits from off-island clubs and groups. This may include set-up, acquiring materials, participation in program presentations, breakdown, and clean up. These programs may not take place at BIMI, but will be on Block Island, and will require the individual to be flexible. Transportation will be supplied for these events.

Specific Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of marine science, ecology, or marine environmental education, preferably with the Bachelor of Science degree.
  • Experience working with children in an educational setting.
  • HIGHLY motivated and self-driven – must be an independent thinker and accomplish tasks independently.
  • Effective communication skills – must have the ability to clearly communicate with supervisors, 
coworkers, and visitors.
  • Ability to interact appropriately with children, adults, and peers.


  • A stipend of $10-15 per hour from the middle of June to the end of August.
  • The internship will require an average of 30 hours per week.


  • The BIMI intern will be under the supervision of the BIMI Program Director.
  • Housing is provided, typically shared with the Program Director.
  • Transportation, such as bringing your own bicycle, is recommended. You will not need a vehicle but may find it useful.

Applications Requirements

  • Contact Information
including full name, mail address, e-mail address, and phone number where you can be reached.
  • Current Resume
including any specialized certifications and/or skills.
  • Cover Letter (in 500 words or less). Please tell us about your career goals and what you want to gain from your internship, as well as what you can bring to BIMI.
  • Two letters of reference. These letters can be from a faculty member, employer, or other non-family member. 
It is your responsibility to arrange to have these references sent directly to the Block Island Maritime Institute via email at

How to Apply
If you are interested in applying for the Summer Marine Educator Internship at the Block Island Maritime Institute, the application must be submitted via e-mail to by March 30, 2015. 
For more information and questions, please email BIMI or call Judy Gray at 401-466-9804.

Taste of Block Island at BIMI

The Block Island Maritime Institute and Block Island Oyster Company hosted an event for the Taste of Block Island  at BIMI on the last weekend of September. It almost felt like a summer day on the island. Dave Deffley and Perry Phillips gave a short talk about oyster farming and the BI Oyster Company, all while shucking oysters in front of a very attentive crowd.

Taste of BI, Dave & Perry1

Once they had a few plates ready, the group gathered around to slurp down raw oysters with lemon or cocktail sauce. They were delicious! Thanks to all for coming out and making the event such a great success!

Tase of BI, Slurping Oysters

Future plans are to collaborate with Pond and Beyond Kayak Tours or BI Ocean Adventures to take a kayak or paddleboard trip to the oyster lease area on the Great Salt Pond, followed by oyster tasting at BIMI.

Taste of BI, Dave & Perry2