Get Involved

Connect With Quahog Bay

It’s always a great time to get involved in protecting the ocean.

The Quahog Bay Conservancy has great opportunities to get involved—join us and help preserve our beautiful bay. Choose the path that’s right for you:

Quahog Bay Summer Internship

The Quahog Bay Conservancy (QBC) is a 501c(3) non-profit organization committed to marine conservation through sustainable aquaculture, ecosystem research, and community education programs. QBC has established a formal, competitive summer internship program for high school, undergraduate, and recent graduate students to support our staff on a portfolio of projects that include oyster aquaculture, water quality monitoring, invasive species removal, pollution remediation, marine debris removal, education, and outreach. In addition, interns will assist with our social media outlets, administration work, and general operations. Internships at QBC provide an excellent opportunity to gain valuable work experiences at a continually evolving action-based nonprofit. Successful applicants will learn a variety of skills that include non-profit management, public speaking, conservation fieldwork, oyster aquaculture, data management, and marine biology laboratory techniques.

Applications received before April 15th will be given priory; please apply no later than May 1st. Start and end dates are to be discussed, and will be flexible based off of your school schedule. Successful applicants are expected to work as soon as your schedule permits.

These are paid internships; hourly wage or stipend will be negotiated based off of experience. Housing for current college and postgraduate students will be considered.

Please note, the Quahog Bay Conservancy has a “zero-tolerance” policy for discrimination, harassment, violence, and drug use of any kind.

Qualifications:
  • Applicants must be reliable, motivated and hard working, have a positive attitude as well as a genuine interest in marine conservation
  • Applicants should possess or be enrolled within courses of biology, environmental, and marine sciences or a related topic
  • Applicants must be adaptable and patient as fieldwork is challenging and highly weather dependent. This means long consecutive days in the field when weather permits
  • Applicants must be capable of hard physically demanding work, expect long days working on our oyster farm
  • Previous field experience, ability to operate boats is preferred, but not critical
  • Applicants are required and responsible for their own transportation

Please direct all application inquiries to Nicole Twohig - nicole@quahogbay.org.

To apply please email:
1. Resume;
2. Contact information for two references;
3. Cover letter addressing your interest in the position and your relevant experience and skills

Interviews with finalist will be held over the phone or Skype.

Volunteer at Quahog Bay Conservancy

Volunteering is another way to get involved with QBC to gain valuable experience.

It takes a community to protect our coastal waters—join our network of volunteers to keep Quahog Bay our blue treasure. There are a number of volunteer opportunities at QBC. Share your skills and learn new ones by donating your time. Please fill out our waiver and email Nicole Twohig at nicole@quahogbay.org with your specific skills and anything of interest in the list volunteer opportunities below.

Aquaculture
Join our team on the water and get your hands dirty. This is a physically demanding job that will consist of monitoring the health and growth rates of our oysters, in addition to cleaning and preparing them for harvest. One adult oyster filters 50 gallons of water per day, meaning our 300,000 oysters filter over 5-billion gallons of water each year. With your help, these vital ecosystem warriors will continue to stay healthy and preserve the bay.

Ecosystem Research
Become a citizen scientist and help us collect valuable data and observations in the changing Quahog Bay. Days will consist of being out on the water or wading through the mudflats and spending time in the office entering data. Be ready for anything!

Coastal & Island Cleanups
We commit at least one day every week dedicated to cleaning up trash in the bay. Cleanups are a great way for families, groups, and students to work together to take care of our fragile marine environment.

Pumpout Boat
Our free on-call septic pumpout boat could be an excellent way for you get involved and make a HUGE impact on improving the water quality of Quahog Bay. With our staff you will go directly to boaters in the bay. We typically need help for a few hours on the weekends.

Community Outreach & Events
Some of our outreach includes educational seminars for children and teens. If you have a niche for teaching, we would love to have you. Our events include community parties, fundraising events, and special dinners. We often need logistical support for these events, such as setup/takedown, food prep, photography, videography ushering, etc.

Fundraising & Mailings
Do you have a knack for grant writing and other communication skills? Then we would love your help with our fundraising efforts. That may also include mailing task such as handwritten notes, addressing, stuffing, and stamping envelopes.

Independent Research Projects
Have a great idea to protect Quahog Bay? We look forward to hearing about it. If you would like a more self-directed project that aligns with our mission and programs.

We appreciate your interest in our efforts. To receive updates on our progress and join our newsletter please email Nicole Twohig at nicole@quahogbay.org.