Summer fisheries intern: Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman's Alliance

The Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, is seeking a summer intern to assist with halibut research and other fisheries projects beginning mid-May through late August, 2017. The Fishermen's Alliance is the leading voice for commercial fishermen on Cape Cod, working with more than 120 independent fishing businesses, 300 local fishing families, and 1200 concerned community members. We partner with these fishermen on policy campaigns, scientific research, economic development, and community outreach to build lasting solutions to fisheries problems. Learn more at  The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit to learn more.


The fisheries intern will work closely with Fishermen's Alliance staff, TNC's MA marine director, collaborating commercial fishermen, and partnering scientists on the first year of the research project "Investigating the stock structure and life history of Atlantic halibut, a Species of Concern off New England". This work will include managing all aspects of a biological fisheries sampling program with collaborating Cape Cod fishermen, including measuring and weighing fish and their parts, preserving samples, and keeping meticulous records.  In addition, the intern will participate in occasional at sea research, conduct background research, create project outreach materials, and assist with federal fisheries policy work.  The intern will work with federal agency scientists in Woods Hole on histology and life history; state scientists in Gloucester on ageing; and university collaborators from Massachusetts, Alaska, and Canada on satellite tagging and stock structure investigations.  A motivated intern could design an independent study suitable for presentation at a regional fisheries conference.


The Fishermen's Alliance and The Nature Conservancy develop pioneering community-based fisheries management solutions and innovative data collection approaches, including electronic monitoring and permit banking.  The intern will assist as needed; organizing meetings, building active fleet involvement, communicating with the public, and drafting documents. The intern will visit fishing docks, attend meetings, and provide updates to the fleet as necessary.  The intern will assist on other Fishermen's Alliance projects as applicable, including community outreach and fundraising events.


  • Completed 2 years of a Bachelor's degree program in biology, environmental science or related field.
  • Experience conducting field research, handling samples and carefully managing data.
  • Interest in fishing and fisheries research.
  • Effectively communicates verbally and in writing with a diversity of people. Multicultural experience a plus.
  • Demonstrates ability to meet deadlines while working independently.  Dependable and accountable for results.

This internship is full time (35 hrs/wk) and will run for at least ten weeks between early May and late August.

The stipend is $4,000 and applicants must have own transportation.  Primary location: Chatham, MA

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Review will begin 2/20/17

The Fishermen's Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer