Job Resources

So many possibilities!

When it comes to finding a summer internship or full-time job, there are many places to look. Some websites provide general searches related to specific fields, some display federal and state government opportunities, some are more specific, some even will walk you through how to create a resume and post your resume online! There are opportunities here in Hawaiʻi, in the mainland U.S., and even international opportunities. Whether you are trying to find a career or just trying to get some experience and have some fun, the possibilities are almost endless!

See our powerpoint presentation from the workshop entitled How to Find a Summer Opportunity in the Environmental Sciences

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General Websites and Searches

Hawaiʻi Specific Resources

  • The Research Corporation of the University of Hawaiʻi has employment opportunities all across the state.
  • The Nature Conservancy is a great site for anyone interested in conservation.
  • The Earthjustice Hawaiʻi Regional Office is great for those interested in environmental policy.
  • The Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES) is a set of university level programs hosted at UH Hilo. Find a variety of internships related to the natural resources of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific region.
  • The Hawaiʻi Youth Conservation Corps is a summer program for students interested in protecting Hawaiian heritage while learning about conservation, Hawaiʻi’s native and endangered plants and animals, Hawaiʻi’s cultural relationship with the land, and more through a strictly field experience; hiking and camping in breathtaking habitats is a daily occurrence. HYCC runs from June 11 through July 20 – stipend and credit available.
  • The Hawaiian Conservation Alliance (HCA) is a cooperative partnership of 16 government, education, and non-profit organizations, offering career, internship, volunteer, and scholarship opportunities here in Hawaiʻi.
  • Saltwater, Inc. has employment for observers in Hawaiʻi and Alaska. Observers gather information aboard commercial longline vessels about catch, by-catch, location, gear, fishing operations, and the interaction of protected species, particularly sea turtles, sea birds, and marine mammals. Observers will be based primarily in Honolulu to collect data on turtles, birds, marine mammals as well as information on target and bycatch species. In the tuna fisheries, trips last about 21 days and swordfish trips are about 30 days. Boats range in size from 49' to 100' and conditions on the vessels can be spartan.

Marine Science Resources

  • Another great search engine is the Marine Education Society of Australasia Inc. website for lots of info/job links.
  • The Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences provides internships that commonly focus around benthic ecology research.
  • The Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute has summer internships in the engineering, aquaculture, marine science, marine operations, biomedical marine research, environmental laboratory, marine education and dolphin research divisions.
  • The Louisiana Marine Consortium has internship programs that allow students to acquire research experience and university credit by working under a faculty member. The general area of faculty expertise include benthic ecology, coastal geomorphology, chemical ecology, ecology of phytoplankton, ecology of zooplankton, and fishery biology.
  • Marine Bioproducts Engineering Center in Honolulu runs a summer undergraduate research fellowship program and represents a collaboration among the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, University of California, Berkeley, and several industry partners which are charting a course in the emerging field of bioproducts derived from marine and aquatic organisms.
  • The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute has three-month internships allow students to be involved in advanced software, mechanical, and electrical/electronic engineering projects. Students may work with experts in deep-sea ecology, ocean-floor mapping, ocean observation systems, microbiology, physical oceanography, in situ chemical analyses, tectonics, or geology.
  • Check out Mystic Aquarium for internships that integrate work experience and an independent research project.
  • The National Aquarium in Baltimore has internships working with professors within one of fourteen Aquarium careers like Aquarist (fish), Aviculture (birds), Capital Projects (architecture), Conservation, Development/Membership (fund raising/family programming), Herpetology (reptiles/amphibians), Horticulture (plants), Information Services, Laboratory Services, Library Services, Marine Mammal Training, Marine Education, Marketing/Group Sales, and Public Relations.
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Student Research Participation (scroll down to NOAA) has 10-week summer research and development relating to science, math, and engineering. For 10 weeks in the summer, students will be placed at NOAA headquarters and/or field centers.
  • National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates to join research projects each summer in the earth sciences, ocean sciences, as well as other fields. The projects vary from year to year, and are located everywhere from Alaska to Atlanta!
  • Don’t forget the Pacific Whale Foundation for Hawaiʻi and Alaska. Research internships are available in Hawaiʻi and Alaska as two-week programs, where students work side-by-side with marine researchers, working with dolphins and/or whales
  • The Scripps Institution of Oceanography has a range of summer research opportunities are available through the UCSD Scripps Institution
  • Shannon Point Marine Center has summer internships on productivity and nutrient cycling in local watershed systems; marine microbial ecology; marine chemical ecology; physiology of symbiosis; larval development, physiology, ecology; morphology of marine invertebrates; and environmental toxicology
  • The University of Miami - Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science offers internships in the departments of Chemical Oceanography, Marine Biology and Fisheries, Applied Marine Physics, Physical Oceanography and Meteorology, and Marine Geology and Geophysics. Follow the link to ‘Summer Undergraduate Internships’
  • Walt Disney World Animal Programs Advanced Internship Opportunities provides six-month internship programs exist in the following fields: animal behavior, wildlife tracking, veterinary hospital, veterinary medical records, dietary/nutritional, conservation education, aquatic/environmental chemistry, information management, library science, animal presenter, aquarium, marine mammal, aquaculture
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has mostly graduate and post-graduate programs, but they do have summer student fellowship programs for undergraduates to work in one of WHOI’s five departments (Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering; Biology; Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry; Geology and Geophysics; Physical Oceanography; Marine Policy Center). Follow the link to ‘Summer Student Fellowships’ for more information
  • Maryland Sea Grant's Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Estuarine Science is a 12-week program from May 17 to August 9, 2009. They select undergraduates in many disciplines, including engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, ecology and marine and environmental science, and are particularly interested in supporting talented students from institutions where access to marine science and to research projects is limited and who are from underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) (UH students have an excellent chance!!!) Students receive $4200 stipend plus housing and travel to and from site.
  • Each summer, Mote Marine Laboratory hosts a 10-week program focused on providing research experiences in estuarine science to 10 advanced undergraduate students. Students are paired with Mote scientists and develop and complete an independent research project related to their mentor's research interests. Students gain experience in science communication by presenting the results of their independent project in a manuscript-style research paper and orally at a laboratory-wide research symposium. Students attend research seminars and workshops on career skills in science, Students also have the opportunity to present their research findings at professional conferences.

Minority Resources

Current Opportunities

  • Assistant DSO Adventure Aquarium position available...The position requires a dedicated individual who will take direction from the Dive Safety Officer (DSO), Curator of Fish and Invertebrates and the Husbandry Director in carrying out the duties of the position. The Assistant DSO assists the DSO with the planning, development and administration of all scuba diving and snorkel/dive adventure programs which include all water related activities requiring water entry, both in-house and open water. The position also functions in assisting husbandry department activities as required. Dive Safety, communications, animal health, equipment repair, record keeping and visitor experience are the driving priorities in accomplishing the goals of this position. For more information visit:
  • This whale season, we are looking for those interested in marine biology and marine mammals to come assist on our eco-tourism whale watching boat, Whale Whisperer with Dyer Island Cruises, in exchange for housing at our student house and a food budget. Volunteers will get hands on experience of being crew on sea and assist us with data input/various marine mammal projects. We will train volunteers so that they are completely incorporated into every aspect of data collection, photo ID, and they will assist on any strandings - the works! Please view for further information on our ongoing research projects. Anyone who is interested or has questions, please do not hesitate to contact or applying by sending a CV (with Skype contact) to
  • The Hawaiʻi Cooperative Fishery Research Unit is looking for a capable volunteer diver to ID, count and measure sea cucumber stocks in Seychelles. The project is planned for 30 days around Mahe and Prasline islands to assess the sea cucumber stock dynamics. Successful volunteer needs to be a certified diver with at least 30 dives. Training will include identification of sea cucumbers and work censusing techniques using under water scooters. While we have limited funding we will provide room and board. Travelling cost to and from the Seychelles, however, will have to be absorbed by the volunteer. This project will be an excellent opportunity to gain underwater scientific diving skills while spending a month on board a research vessel. Interested individuals please respond via email with your CV and a short note describing your interests and previous experience to
  • Up to three Course Assistants (CAs) are needed for the Neural Systems and Behavior (NS&B) course. NS&B is an intensive, 8-week laboratory/lecture summer course for pre- and postdoctoral students. The CAs work under the supervision of the two Course Directors. Duties > include preparation of solutions, overseeing inventory, ordering supplies, assisting faculty, running errands, helping to organize social events, and many other diverse and important functions. Questions regarding the position may be directed to the Course Directors: Paul Katz ( or James Knierim ( View more information about this opportunity.
  • The National Park Service and the Our World Underwater Scholarship Society are pleased to announce the second year of the OWUSS/NPS research internship. Last year's OWUSS intern, Brianne Billups, had an amazing array of experiences with dive teams throughout the NPS system and set a very high standard for others to follow. See Brianne's blog for more about her experiences.