Join National Park Service researchers who are monitoring a saltmarsh restoration project in Jamaica Bay NY. This marsh, known as Big Egg, lies within the nation’s first urban National Park—the 26,000-acre Gateway National Recreation Area. The park links the ocean beaches and estuaries to New York City. Jamaica Bay is world reknown for its outstanding birdwatching only minutes from JFK International Airport. The ocean beaches and recreational fishing are outstanding. Whales and dolphins feed offshore within easy viewing. Over the last century Jamaica Bay’s saltmarshes have been disappearing due to diverse urban impacts and environmental stresses. The National Park Service responded in 2002 by experimentally restoring 2 acres of degraded saltmarsh by spraying a layer of sand slurry to raise the elevation of the site, and then planting new saltmarsh grass. Now that Big Egg Marsh has a restoration history of 18 growing seasons, interns may participate in monitoring and evaluation to determine how this restoration technique compares with traditional methods. The outcome will help to guide future restorations in Jamaica Bay.
- DUTIES:Fieldwork to sample, measure, and count vegetation, sediments, and macro-invertebrates in Big Egg Marsh, including GPS mapping of points and polygons. (45%)
- Laboratory work to analyze sediment and vegetation samples. (40%)
- Preparation of data summaries and spreadsheets. (15%)
The work week will be Monday through Thursday, 10 hours per day. Fieldwork will be scheduled in coordination with low tides and dry weather.
This position is ideal for biology students who are interested in wetland habitat restoration and conservation biology.
Allowance Rates (before taxes)
- Living Allowance: $250/week
- Commuting Allowance: $30/week
- Housing Allowance: $800/month