Back to the Bays Program Intern

Department: Marine

Number Positions: Four (4)

Position Title: Back to the Bays Program Intern

Location: Various Locations, including:

  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Education Center
    423 Griffing Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901
  • Tiana Bayside Facility
    89 Dune Road, Hampton Bays, NY 11946
  • Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center
    3690 Cedar Beach Road, Southold, NY 11971

Position Summary:

Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program has been giving “Back to the Bays” since 1985.In this time a wide variety of projects in support of habitat and shellfish restoration; water quality initiatives; fisheries research; and extensive youth education and citizen science programming have been conducted.CCE’s Back to the Bays Initiative was launched in order to increase awareness and involvement in efforts of CCE Marine Program.Back to the Bays Interns will be responsible for assisting with implementation of the “2020 Ways to Give Back to the Bays” campaign, assisting Marine Program researchers and educators with various field and lab related tasks, and serving as part of the Outreach Team at public events.Specific activities will involve assisting in habitat restoration stewardship efforts, including Marine Meadows Workshops; helping deliver stewardship-based outreach programming in support of the Long Island Shellfish Restoration Program; providing support to CCE Educators at our various camps and public education programs; and assisting at all Back to the Bays fundraising and awareness events.Internship opportunities will be offered from May-December (specific timeframes are flexible); weekend work will be required.To the extent possible, internship experiences will be tailored to best meet the interests and any research requirements of intern candidates.

Major Duties of Position:

  1. Interaction with the public and providing outreach and education at workshops, youth education programs, and various events and fundraisers;
  2. Assistance at our shellfish and coastal plant nursery sites;
  3. Assistance in development of social media tools and educational materials;
  4. Providing the public with information in support of CCE Marine Program projects and initiatives;
  5. Occasional boat and field work assisting staff in restoration activities;
  6. Work as a team member with existing Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) staff including Marine Program managers, specialists, educators and technicians.

Qualifications and Experience Pre-requisites:

Required: High School Diploma, pursuant of Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in environmental or biological sciences, natural resource/coastal management, or other related field; valid NYS License; ability to interact effectively with the public.

Preferred: Experience in environmental education and outreach activities; event and fundraising planning; experience working with the public; interest in photography and use of social media tools; experience utilizing video footage editing software; knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.


  • Ability to work outdoors and perform physical tasks as needed.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks.
  • Ability to maintain a positive and professional attitude.
  • Ability to work flexible work schedule based on demands of program and needs of staff.
  • Willingness to work as a team member and to work with the general public.
  • Ability to work under potentially adverse field conditions (e.g. inclement weather).

All applicants must complete volunteer paperwork found at, on bottom right of page, and pass background checks. To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and volunteer paperwork to Kimberly Barbour at

Last updated February 24, 2020