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2019 Block Island Maritime Institute (BIMI) Internships

The Block Island Maritime Institute maintains a seasonal internship program as well as occasional employment opportunities. If you are looking to work with a dynamic organization in a remarkable location, check out the possibilities listed below.

The Fishing Instructor position for 2020 is being reposted. The application deadline for this position is May 10, 2020. 

All other summer internships are filled. We will start receiving applications for Summer 2021 in December 2020.

If you would like to volunteer this summer, please contact us at

Position Announcement

Reports to : The Fishing Academy Coordinator and the BIMI Program Director
Approximate dates: June 26 to September 7, 2020

Primary Responsibilities

  • Participating in daily Sun-Sat fishing related programs; leading fishing, squidding, crabbing and other field trips; answering public inquiries; educating children and adults about local fisheries; teaching children and adults to fish. This might include set-up, acquiring materials, developing new and revising current programs, participating in presentations, breakdown, and clean up.
  • Assisting with fish and other marine species collection for aquarium displays.
  • Interacting with and educating adults and children that visit the aquarium displays.
  • Creating media content on at least a weekly basis for the duration of the internship. This could be a blog, Facebook postings, Instagram, newspaper articles published in the Block Island Times, and etc.
  • Supervising volunteers participating in fishing programs.
  • Documenting daily activities, observations, and research.
  • At times, under direction of the aquarist, providing minor maintenance of the aquarium touch tanks and Institute facilities, which may include painting, updating information and displays.
  • Overseeing and/or participating in rainy day programs that may include educational programs related to fishing.
  • Distributing posters, brochures, and other program information that promotes The Fishing Academy electronically and at locations around the Island.
  • Participating in other island activities and coordinating with staff from other environmental education and community support programs on the island.
  • Assisting with visiting school groups and clubs. Responsibilities include set-up, acquiring materials, conducting fishing programs, breakdown, and clean up. These programs may take place at various locations on Block Island and, at times, take place outside of regularly scheduled hours, requiring the individual to be flexible. Transportation will be supplied for these events.
  • If desired, designing and executing a relevant research or educational project. The subject will be negotiated with the Program Director and at least one Board Member. It could be a long-term look at fishing species and gear changes, behavioral shifts, or invasive species to island waters or developing educational modules, and so forth. At the end of the internship, the intern will write an article to be published locally about their project.

 Specific Qualifications

  • A love of fishing with the desire to inspire others to fish and conserve our local fisheries.
  • Experience working with a variety of fishing gear (poles, lines, nets, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of marine science, ecology, or marine environmental education, preferably with a Bachelor of Science degree.
  • Experience working with children in an educational or recreational 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 of all ages.
  • Ability to interact appropriately with children, adults, and peers.


  • A stipend of $15.00 per hour from about June 14th to about September 7th.
  • The internship will require up to 40 hours per week at regular pay. Overtime pay begins at 80 hours within a two-week period.


  • There will be up to 4 BIMI interns under the supervision of the BIMI Program Director. The Fisheries Science Educator/Fishing Instructor will also receive supervision from The Fishing Academy Coordinator.
  • Housing is provided, typically shared with other interns.
  • Transportation, such as bringing your own bicycle, is recommended. 

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 Science Educator Internship at the Block Island Maritime Institute, the application must be submitted via e-mail to by May 10, 2019. For more information and questions, please email or call Valerie Preler 956-454-9061 or Lani Lovisa at (802) 384-5588. Applicant should be aware that the dates of this position may impacted by actions made necessary by complications associated with COVID.