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Undergraduate Career Opportunities

Undergraduate Career Opportunities

Employment & Research Opportunities

Student Positions

Note: Full job descriptions for student positions are available through Student Employment. Work study students are strongly preferred for these positions, but all applications will be considered. If you are interested in applying for a position, please click on the job application link for instructions.

On-Campus Opportunities

The Biology Department currently has openings for two types of lab positions, lab prep assistants and lab tech assistants. The lab prep assistant is an entry level position for freshman and those students who have not taken BIOL111 or BIOL112 or equivalent. The lab tech assistant is a position for students who have completed BIOL111 and BIOL112 or its' equivalents, and have completed at least one year as a Lab Prep Assistant or have prior laboratory work experience. Please fill out the OneDrive Form if you would like to apply. 

Off-Campus Opportunities

​Nantucket National Wildlife Refuge

  • There is currently an open position at Nantucket National Wildlife Refuge for a coastal biological technician that will be taking applications starting on April 30th. 

Manatee Photo-identification Internships

The manatee photo-identification program is based in St. Petersburg, Florida at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI). FWRI is the research arm of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), a state agency. FWRI’s manatee photo-identification research focuses on the long-term monitoring of Florida manatees in southwest Florida. The primary goal of our program is to document individual manatees. These capture histories are used to estimate annual adult survival rates and to model population dynamics for state and federal assessments of Florida manatee status and recovery. Photo-identification data also provide insight regarding manatee movements, site fidelity, habitat use, behavior, intra- and inter- specific associations, and reproductive parameters such as calving intervals and length of calf dependency.        

Interns will primarily assist staff members with photographing manatees and collecting behavioral and environmental data at sites around Tampa Bay. Interns will also be responsible for a number of lab-based photo-identification tasks, such as downloading images, entering information into databases, scanning data sheets, and matching images to known animals. Interns often collect data independently in the field, thus responsible, detail oriented applicants are encouraged to apply. Most field work is land-based, however during the winter session opportunities are available to assist with boat-based manatee photo-identification. Other responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, data entry, special projects, and outreach activities. This internship provides a great opportunity to gain valuable field and lab experience at a government agency. 

Two positions are available each year: one position in the winter (November-March) and one position in the summer (May-September). Start and end dates are flexible, however, a minimum commitment of four weekdays per week for four months is required. Work hours are typically 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no compensation for these internship positions and successful applicants will be responsible for their own housing and transportation to and from the institute. Positions are open until filled.

• Computer proficiency; Microsoft Access literacy preferred.
• Working knowledge of SLR digital cameras, filters, and lenses preferred, but not required.
• The ability to lift approximately 50 pounds of equipment.
• A valid U.S. Driver’s License.
• Enthusiasm and willingness to learn field and lab based research methods.

Application Process:
Please submit your cover letter, resume, college transcripts (unofficial are sufficient), and the contact information for three references via hardcopy to FWRI’s Intern Coordinator, Robin Allen, at the address listed below. Alternatively, application materials may be submitted via email to Please indicate in your cover letter the position for which you are applying and the dates you are available.  

Robin Allen
Internship Coordinator
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 8th Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5020

Applicants may contact FWRI’s Manatee Photo-identification Project Manager, Kari Rood,(727-896-8626 x1912) with questions regarding the internship.

JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments) - Editorial Assistant/Internet Researcher

JoVE is an innovative, peer-reviewed, PubMed-indexed academic video methods journal for the biological and physical sciences. We are the first and only of our kind and are currently looking for smart, self-motivated, hard-working individuals for an entry-level position. Please click here for more information. 

If qualified, please send your resume and a cover letter detailing why you are an exceptional candidate to:

Process Development – Protein Purification Intern at MassBiologics

In this role you will be assisting our Process Development group to purify our antibody products. This encompasses protein purification, protein formulation and routine laboratory maintenance. 

Process Development – Cell Culture Intern at MassBiologics

In this role you will be assisting our Cell Culture group to develop chemically defined media (CDM) for cultivating selected CHO Cell Lines for Monoclonal Antibody (MAb) production. 

MATCH Teacher Residency Program (Seniors and Recent Graduates)

Do you want to be an unusually effective first year teacher in a high-poverty charter school?

If so, you should consider MATCH Teacher Residency--an innovative, one-year teacher residency program.

Basically, we give recent college graduates one year of intense training. We then help them find positions in high-need schools, and continue to support them as they begin their careers in the classroom.

What sets MTR apart from other teacher prep programs? 1) We’re prescriptive, like a sports coach or piano teacher; you learn and practice very specific “Teacher Moves.” 2) Trainees are specifically being prepared to teach in certain charter schools with a track record of “turning around” low-performing kids. 3) We have a very particular approach, which involves building relationships 1-on-1 with kids and parents, then using those relationships to run a tight ship in class, enforcing rules consistently, and pushing/demanding a LOT from our kids.

MTR is no different from the MATCH Corps (our full-time tutoring
program) from Monday to Thursday. However, unlike MATCH Corps, MTRs want to go on to become full-time teachers in high-poverty, “No Excuses”
charter schools. So on Fridays and Saturdays, MTRs learn about the nuts and bolts of teaching, do tons of practice, and get a lot of coaching.

We’re especially proud of our brand new elementary school, MATCH Community Day, which specifically serves students who speak a language other than English at home. MATCH Teacher Residents have the option to serve at MATCH Community Day, or our previously established High School or Middle School. 

Additional Biology Job Opportunities

For the latest jobs, events, and announcements exclusive to the members of UMass Boston's Department of Biology, visit the Job Resource Center.