MRC offering summer internships

This year Clallam Marine Resources Committee is offering five summer internships and one longer-termed internship.

The duration of the summer internships is 80 hours at $15 per hour, to be completed between June 18-Aug. 20, 2018. Interns will work closely with MRC members on one of several projects, including helping organize and conduct green crab trapping and removal efforts in Sequim Bay and adjacent areas.

Other summer internship projects include: organizing and participating in kayak-based kelp surveys at three locations along the Strait of Juan de Fuca; helping organize and participate in educational outreach events to recreational crab fishers; leading stewardship efforts at West Elwha Beach, and help organize and participating in surveys of the Pigeon Guillemot breeding colonies, including coordination of the volunteers.

The duration of the longer-termed internship is 160 hours and $15 per hour, to be completed between June 1-Sept. 30. The intern will primarily help with educational outreach to recreational crabbers in Clallam County, coordinate the outreach events at county boat ramps, and instruct volunteers and the educational outreach summer intern.

Those interested in being an intern are encouraged to peruse www.clallamcountymrc.org for background, then submit a letter of intent to the Clallam MRC to handersen@co.clallam.wa.us, or to: 223 E. Fourth St., Suite 5, Port Angeles WA, 98362.

The application due date for all six internships is May 18.

Letter of intent, requirements

In one’s letter, applicants are asked to answer the following questions:

• Why do you want to be an MRC-sponsored intern?

• What skills do you have that will be particularly useful for this internship?

• How does this internship fit into your future plans?

• How do you think you will benefit from this internship?

MRC-sponsored interns must meet the following criteria to be selected:

• MRC-sponsored interns must be at least 17 years old.

• MRC-sponsored interns must show a high level of responsibility in their Natural Resources/Environmental Studies program work.

About the internships, MRC

The summer internships are funded by a Northwest Straits Commission grant which is part of an award from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Puget Sound Partnership. The longer-termed internship is funded by a Northwest Strait Foundation grant.

About Clallam Marine Resources Committee

The Clallam Marine Resources Committee is a team of members comprised of local citizens representing commercial and sport fishers, conservation and environmental interests as well as tribes, cities, academia and other local governmental agencies. The organization works together to promote local solutions that address degradation of natural resources in Clallam County.

Community members are invited to attend meetings the third Monday of each month at the County Courthouse.

The group’s purpose is to discover collaborative ways to improve shellfish harvest areas, protect marine habitat, support salmon and bottomfish recovery and examine resource management alternatives. The committee proposes and sponsors projects such as marine debris removal, oiled wildlife training, Olympia oyster restoration, and community education. Each year as part of an educational outreach, the committee sponsors student interns to work on MRC projects. Ultimately, the MRC recommends remedial actions to local authorities.

The Clallam MRC was established by the Northwest Straits Commission as a result of the 1998 Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative, which combines data-driven science with grassroots involvement by citizen groups in an effort to address the depletion of marine resources in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

For more information, visit www.clallamcountymrc.org.

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