Summer 2014 Internship Announcement PDF Print E-mail
Position Description: Salt Marsh Assessment Internship Summer 2014 - May 1, 2014 Deadline

The Friends of Ellisville Marsh, Inc., a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, has been working since 2007 to restore tidal flows to the 71-acre Ellisville Marsh in Plymouth, MA.  We are seeking qualified candidates for a ten-week, supervised internship during the summer of 2014. Work will be performed outdoors in one of Massachusetts’ most scenic coastal locations. Information about the organization and its environmental monitoring programs can be found at www.EllisvilleMarsh.org.   

Eligibility for Consideration:

The successful candidate will have completed at least one year of undergraduate education in the area of biology, marine science, environmental science, ecology or related field. Must have transportation, valid driver’s license, and be available on a daily basis between June 25th and August 25th.  Must have familiarity with data collection methods, good data management skills and a willingness to work in hot, insect infested, and wet conditions. Must be physically fit and able to kayak in order to access certain monitoring sites by water.

Stipend compensation will be made on a bi-weekly basis and rate will be determined based on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.  Daily time commitments will be variable and dictated by tides and weather conditions.

Internship Requirements:

Daily duties will involve training in proper scientific methods for collection of environmental monitoring data from the Environmental Monitoring Supervisor who will be available approximately ten hours per week. Collection of 2014 data on vegetation abundance, tidal hydrology and water quality will be required. For each program the Intern will be taught specific monitoring techniques and will be required to demonstrate proficient skill. The intern will be responsible for completing data sheets and entering data into predetermined electronic formats. At the completion of the internship, the intern will submit a report summarizing the data collected and highlighting certain findings and discussing any anomalies encountered.

How and When to Apply:
Candidates should submit a Letter of Interest, 2 letters of recommendation and CV describing prior, relevant experience and area of study in electronic format (Word or PDF) to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

The deadline for consideration is May 1, 2014
. An interview may be requested and hiring decision will be made by May 15th.
2014 Spring Clean-Up PDF Print E-mail

Dear Friends,

Please join us for our annual Spring Clean-Up on Saturday April 26th from 10am-12pm in the Eillisville Marsh Parking Lot.  It's our annual right of passage with each new year, when the Ellisville Community gathers to clean up the flotsam and jetsam accumulated over the Winter. Thankfully, all you need to bring is your enthusiasm and a pair of work gloves; the Town of Plymouth provides trash bags and hauls-away the refuse we gather. We hope you can join us in our annual Spring cleaning effort!


The Friends of Ellisville Marsh 

A Very Special Place PDF Print E-mail

To paddle into Ellisville Marsh on the high tide and see its wildlife up close is to enter aYoung Albert Marsh and his father work the lobster carrs in Ellisville Harbor a half century ago. world that has largely escaped the effects of development. It is a peaceful preserve today and a past center for fishing and agriculture. Residents, indigenous people and pilgrims alike, have since pre-colonial times harvested fish, eels, marsh hay and even sea moss here. The marsh has buffered the effects of nor’easters and hurricanes and is likely to play an even more important role as sea levels rise. And it is recognized as a special place, carrying the dual designations of Massachusetts Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) and Massachusetts Important Bird Area (IBA). It is one of the few places in the Commonwealth holding both designations. To not have our children and their children be able to appreciate and enjoy such a place is unthinkable. This is why the Friends of Ellisville Marsh exist.

The Dynamic System that is a New England Salt Marsh
Ellisville Marsh is an endlessly changing landscape, always and forever transforming itself. Mother Nature willfully redesigns the barrier beach with every tide cycle, using a palette of sand, cobble and water to create new and intriguing patterns that entice birds, shellfish, juvenile fish and other forms of marine life. Migrating birds make stopovers to feed in the tidal pools and regain body fat lost in flights that cover thousands of miles. Major storms compress weeks of change into hours and bring to bear forces beyond what mere mortals are capable of. People are not totally without influence however. Manmade structures such as the rock groins installed along our beaches in the 1960s alter the natural drift of sediment.  The combination of salt marsh and barrier beach, subject to natural and human influences, creates a complex and dynamic system upon which the health of native plants, fish, birds and animals depends. Global rise in sea level threatens to introduce a whole new dimension to this constantly changing environment at the edge of land and sea. Dynamic, highly sensitive, life giving – all of these describe the essence of a New England coastal marsh…especially the 71-acre Ellisville Marsh.

Assessing Ellisville Marsh's Progress Towards Recovery

July2011 courtesy of Mike Brennan

The Friends of Ellisville Marsh began life as a non-profit organization in 2007 with a simple idea – reopen and maintain the long-blocked marsh inlet to tidal flushing. Tidal flows improve water quality and marsh vegetation, which in turn enhance fisheries and wildlife habitats. A sand spit ten feet high and 50 yards deep stood between Cape Cod Bay and the most direct path for salt water to flow into and out of Ellisville Marsh. The inlet had been maintained by fishermen, and periodically also government agencies, for more than a century until regulatory changes in the 1980s halted the practice. In the thirty years that followed, as many as ten acres of Spartina alterniflora (saltmarsh cord grass) disappeared in the back of the marsh, replaced by barren mud flats. Implementing the Friends’ idea was anything but simple, however. After more than two years of intense regulatory work and fund raising, the Friends in late 2010 finally obtained all local, state and federal permits needed to reopen the blocked inlet in its pre-1991, and hydrologically more efficient, location.  The Friends’ focus then immediately shifted to assessing the marsh’s health on a number of vectors – wetlands vegetation, shellfish, threatened shorebirds, and water quality to name a few.  With nine environmental monitoring programs already underway and having collected baseline data for several years, the Friends are in a position to objectively assess the impacts of limited intervention and careful stewardship on the health of Ellisville Marsh.                                              


 Who Are We and What Can You Do?

The Friends aren’t just a grassroots community organization that’s intent upon restoring a sensitive environmental resource so future generations can appreciate it. We feel privileged to collaborate with a broad range of experts to explore the natural and cultural history of our special place. A new species of insect, a cache of old photos, an oral history of the fishery – all these discoveries shed light on the gem that is Ellisville Marsh.

We don’t own the land – we coordinate our stewardship activities with Ellisville Marsh’s joint owners, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (Ellisville Harbor State Park) and the Wildlands Trust (Shifting Lots Preserve). We have no paid staff. We have received no taxpayer funding. We are as conservative with money that you entrust to us as we would be with our own hard-earned money. We understand that scientific methods must be rigorously applied to prove that maintaining the inlet over the long term is justified by the environmental benefits. We welcome those who share our vision of Ellisville Marsh once again becoming a thriving salt marsh that inspires wonder in everyone who walks on its barrier beach or kayaks its narrow channels at high tide. Join with us. Become a member . Volunteer. Add Environmental Steward to your resume. Share the satisfaction of undoing decades of benign neglect and watch how vigorously nature responds when people who care try, and do, make a difference.