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Position Announcement

Clean Marina Program Internship

Charleston, S.C.

About the Position

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium is seeking a part-time Graduate Student Clean Marina Intern for the Extension Program to be based at its office in Charleston, South Carolina. The Clean Marina Intern will work directly with the Coastal Communities Specialist and Extension Program Specialists on tasks and deliverables set by the Clean Marina Program (CMP) steering committee.

The intern will have opportunities to work in the field, and in the office; will be able to travel to and visit marinas across the state; and will network with public entities and private industry – working together to encourage sustainable practices along South Carolina waterways.

This is a paid internship position. There is an opportunity to develop a thesis or internship project as part of the work, depending on the student’s interest.

The Consortium is a university-based state agency established in 1980 to generate and provide science-based information on issues and opportunities to improve the social and economic well-being of coastal residents while ensuring the optimal use and conservation of marine and coastal natural resources.

More about the Consortium

Commitment to Diversity

The Consortium’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion seeks to create a culture of belonging where all people are treated with dignity and respect, and have equitable access to resources, opportunities, and outcomes.

We acknowledge that our activities, programs, services, and everyday interactions are enriched by building a diverse team of staff and partners who engage in open, respectful, and meaningful exchange. We also strive to achieve our agency’s mission by engaging individuals from a broad diversity of backgrounds who bring a range of experiences, values, and tools to bear on the region’s major environmental and socioeconomic issues. Along these lines, we strongly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, and from those who identify as members of underserved communities.

About the Clean Marina Program

The South Carolina Clean Marina Program is part of a national effort to protect and improve water quality by controlling nonpoint source water pollution. Originally begun in coastal states with support from the Coastal Zone Management Program and Sea Grant, the Clean Marina Program includes more than 30 states and territories which participate in this voluntary compliance program focused on environmentally-friendly marina and boating practices.

Marinas and boatyards that meet the Clean Marina Program’s environmental performance criteria are recognized for their environmental stewardship and qualify to fly the Clean Marina flag and use the logo in their advertising. As part of the program, these facilities also encourage their customers and other boaters to protect our waterways.​


The chosen graduate intern will have a well-rounded environmental studies background, experience or a keen interest in extension and outreach programs, strong interpersonal and written communication skills, an ability to coordinate groups and teams of people, and superior organizational capability.

Position requires a valid driver’s license.

The Clean Marina Intern will:

  • Coordinate steering committee activities and Program communications
  • Visit multiple marinas along the South Carolina coast to coordinate inspections in a timely manner
  • Visit multiple marinas along the South Carolina coast to develop marketing materials, highlight features, testimonials, and social media content
  • Coordinate certification/recertification workshops in partnership with S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR)
  • Work with SCDNR to include Clean Marina Program presence at boat shows
  • Ensure that Clean Marina Program Presentation and Guidebook are kept up to date
  • Update CMP Website with links to informational and marketing materials as necessary

Position Type

Part-Time Paid Internship, $15/hour

Work Hours and Travel

20 hours/week (may include hours outside the regular business day) occasional travel in Southeastern locations.

How to Apply

Your application should include:

  • A letter of interest explaining how the internship will be beneficial to your career goals
  • A resume or CV
  • The name of your major and/or mentor professor
  • Professional references

Please email your application to Marlena Davis,

For questions, contact Matt Gorstein,

This position will be filled when a suitable candidate is found. Review of applications will begin March 10, 2023. No phone calls please.

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. South Carolina is making our veterans a priority for employment in state agencies and institutions. The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium participates in E-Verify.