With local scientists and educators to guide you, you’ll dive into a field of interest, gain hands-on skills, build your professional network, and learn about career opportunities.

Grades 6-12



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Grades 6-12

We collaborate with local schools to offer opportunities to gain skills in science and education by working work alongside Kachemak Bay Research Reserve staff. Past interns and student volunteers have helped during classroom activities, Discovery Labs, or special events such as the Shorebird Festival, as well as field work and research in peatlands, water quality, harmful algal blooms, and invasive species. By working with your school counselor, these positions can be for academic credit.

The Reserve also offers paid internships for high school students interested in learning how to communicate science to youth and community audiences.

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As part of the Coastal Alaska Center for Conservation Science at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, we are committed to providing opportunities for you to follow pursue your scientific curiosities as an undergraduate.

  • Semester by the Bay: Kenai Peninsula College and the University of Alaska Anchorage team up to offer academic opportunities that give natural science students in-person experience with cold-water marine habitats in Alaska. Once you’ve been accepted, you can ask to be hosted by the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve. As the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Education Intern, you will help plan, coordinate, and implement various youth and adult programming activities throughout the fall. This may include preparing for in-school activities, field trips to remote study sites, and assisting with community monitoring programs, such as plankton and water quality monitoring. Most work will be with middle or high school aged youth.
  • Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) created this program to provide tuition support and paid internships in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, and technology. The Reserve has hosted many Hollings Scholars!
  • NOAA College-Supported Internship Program: For over 15 years, NOAA has partnered with colleges and universities to provide undergraduate students college-funded summer internship opportunities.
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Graduate Study

The NERRS/NOAA Margaret A. Davidson Fellowship brings a graduate student to conduct research at the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve every other year. Each fellow’s two-year project is designed to help local communities understand coastal challenges and influence future policy and management strategies.

The current stipend is $41,000 for research and travel, with an additional equipment and supply budget of approximately $7,000. Research conducted at the Reserve is intended to be a substantial part of the fellow’s degree.

Our current Margaret A. Davidson fellow, Jonah Jossart, is exploring the impacts of impacts of Alaskan shellfish and finfish mariculture on soft-sediment benthic ecosystems to support sustainable management. The application process for the next fellow will reopen in 2025.

Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Research Fellow Jonah Jossart is studying the impact of oyster farms and salmon hatcheries on the benthic environment. 

Please contact us with questions about how the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve can help you advance your natural science studies. We also welcome students as volunteers in many of the public programs.

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