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Coastal Environment Intern – Sandy Hook, NJ

Organization: Clean Ocean Action (COA)

Position Title: Coastal Environment Intern

Location: Sandy Hook, NJ

Hours: Full-time, Monday – Friday, except for days of programs when hours are 8:30-4:30. Intern expected to work one Saturday per month from 9-12.

Compensation: Monthly stipend of $750 and travel expenses (including commuting) provided.

Position Dates: End of May through the end of October. Start and end dates are flexible depending on availability.

Application Deadline: Applications accepted until filled.

Posted On: February 15, 2013.

Organization Overview:

Clean Ocean Action is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to protecting marine water quality in the New York Bight (waters between Montauk Point, NY and Cape May, NJ and to the continental shelf). COA is a broad-based coalition of over 135 active boating  business, community, conservation, diving, environmental, fishing, religious, service, student, surfing, and women’s groups. COA identifies sources of pollution and takes actions to stop them using research, education, and citizen action


The Coastal Environment Internship with Clean Ocean Action (COA) is an exciting opportunity for a student to help address the environmental impacts as a reslt of Super-storm SAndy and to bring together interests in environmental education science, public policy, and citizen action. The intern will assist with the Corporate Beach Sweep and Wave of Action programs, and gain expreience in education, event coordination, researchm public speaking, writing, and organizing.

COA’s Beach Sweeps Programs are hands-on, environmental awareness, and team building “get-away retreats” with employees from businesses (including those in the Fortune 500 list). Corporations and businesses chose from two separate Corporate Summer Programs which include the Beach Sweeps and the Scavenger Hunt. Beach Sweep participants clean marine debris from beaches primarily at Sandy Hook, find out how and why litter ends-up on the beaches, and learn solutions to prevent pollution. The Scavenger Hunt is a “spin-off” of the signature Beach Sweep program and inspires participants to find specific debris, build sculptures, and talk about the harmful impacts of marine debris. COA’s Corporate Beach Sweeps take place at least once a week from May until October at Sandy Hook.

COA’s Waves of Action “For the Shore” is a long term volunteer effort to assist the communities, businesses, families, and individuals impacted from Superstorm Sandy. The Waves of Action take place monthly and are comprised of service projects that help the recovery, restoration and rebuilding of the New Jersey & New York beaches and communities.


The summer 2013 Coastal Environment Intern will be responsible for assisting in the organization and coordination of the Corporate Beach Sweeps and the Waves of Action Programs. Specifically, the intern will:

Handle the logistics of the Corporate Beach Sweep Program

  • Attend all Corporate Beach Sweeps
  • Organize the logistics and pre-event details of the Corporate Summer Programs (i.e. lunch, transportation, bathroom access, and refreshments).
  • Educate and motivate Beach Sweeps and Scavenger Hunt volunteers on site
  • Create flyers and other printed materials to promote the program
  • Give the educational overview and lead a Corporate Sweeps and Scavenger Hunt at the intern’s last event
  • Produce a Report on the data collected from all the Corporate Beach Sweeps over the course of the summer, and a report from the Scavenger Hunts over the summer

Assist the Education Coordinator & Citizen Action Coordinator with Waves of Action program coordination

  • Work with NY & NJ organizations to build new projects in line with the Wave of Action vision
  • Integrate local businesses into projects
  • Work with volunteers to maximize program participation at targeted sites.
  • Cultivate relationships with participating volunteers, businesses, and organizations.
  • Compile Beach Sweeps data from the Spring Beach Sweeps/April Wave of Action, and
  • Prepare quantitative & qualitative data from each Wave of Action to track the success of the program


  • Enthusiasm and basic knowledge of environmental issues
  • Organizational and communication skills
  • Creativity
  • Willingness to work hard

How to Apply: To apply, send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of 3 references with affiliations and contact information to: [email protected]g, with ‘Caostal Environment Internship’ in the subject line.

Contact Information:

Clean Ocean Action,

18 Hartshorne Drive, Sandy Hook, NJ 07732

Sandy Hook Office: 732-872-0111

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