Internships & Volunteering


Below, you will find information regarding our internship and volunteer opportunities, including application instructions and deadlines.

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INTERNSHIPS We have a limited number of unpaid internships available to current university students (both undergraduate and post-graduate level) pursuing interests in marine science, fisheries science, or related fields. Others seeking a work-place experience may contact us to discuss possibilities. Post-doctoral candidates and early career researchers (ECRs) should contact us directly to discuss project ideas and possible routes of funding; we are willing to work with you to submit proposals on projects/initiatives that are directly in line with our organisations' missions and objectives.

Our previous interns have proven successful in finding permanent positions within the industry and find our internships to have been a valuable experience as evidenced by their testimonials. We work with the intern to ensure their goals are met with regards to learning opportunities, skill development, and research practices. The intern is advised to check with their university program if credit may be had for formal internships and the specific requirements that need to be met. New intern-initiated project ideas are always welcomed if budgets allow, and participation in existing in-house investigations is also available. We are always engaged in exciting, cutting-edge research having a direct impact on our regional fisheries and coastal marine ecosystems. 

Our internships offer a chance to contribute to and experience research in a real-world setting with real-world applications having real significance today. Projects can be laboratory/aquarium based, take place at sea aboard our research vessel (R/V Huntress), or a combination of the two. Internships can run any time throughout the year, but our peak season for fieldwork is May through September. Specimens can be collected and housed in the aquarium for projects continuing outside of our field season if necessary (and funds permit).

The intern is expected to attend to their project at our facilities in Bridlington on a regular basis. We require all of our interns to be self-motivated and passionate about their own project; we desire them to be interested and engage with other projects within our facility. The intern will also be given the opportunity to contribute to the daily checks and maintenance efforts of the aquarium and general animal husbandry.

If you believe your future career would benefit from one of our internships, please email Dr. John A. Terschak (j.terschak@hfig.org.uk) to express your interests.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES We are always very grateful for the time and effort volunteers give in our quay-side facility. The work our volunteers do frees up time for the permanent staff to pursue opportunities critical to our mission and goals. Ideally, we ask that volunteers are available a minimum of two days per week during our production period (April through September); we are flexible with scheduling and can accommodate changes. There is need for coverage during the week as well as on the weekends. Our first floor facility is accessible only by stairs and may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility. Additionally, as the facility is located at the end of a pier, the nearest carpark is 350 meters away.

Volunteers take on the daily responsibilities of looking after the lobsters in our aquarium systems. Volunteers are trained by laboratory staff, starting with the simpler tasks moving to more sophisticated data collection activities as they become more confident along the way. Volunteers are asked to feed the various stages of lobster kept in our tanks (females with eggs, newly hatched larvae, and juveniles), record various water quality data, ensure the systems are operating efficiently, clean tanks and filters, and maintain the general work areas. Additionally, they are encouraged to collect data when new lobsters arrive, new larvae are hatched, and as lobsters moult and grow. There is also opportunity for volunteers to engage with the general public explaining the workings of the hatchery and research facility. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Dr. John A. Terschak via email (j.terschak@hfig.org.uk) or ring on 01262 676200 to arrange a visit to the facility for a demonstration of what would be involved.

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