Lincoln Academy students hoping to pursue careers in marine science attended the Department of Marine Resources Career Day at the Boothbay Harbor Aquarium on Thursday, November 17, along with students from eleven other Maine High Schools attended. Attendees learned about careers in fisheries, marine law enforcement, water quality, and aquaculture during 15-minute seminars with various professionals.
Betsy Grannis, who teaches Marine ecology and Oceanography at LA, and also directs the school’s Marine Studies Certificate Program, selected four students who are motivated to pursue a career in marine science to attend the fair. She explained, “students got to meet the director of the DMR, many of the scientists who work there, the head of the aquarium and also a marine patrol officer. They learned about the different paths each professional took to end up where they are now, and also a little about the work they do at the DMR. The job fair is a great chance for students interested in studying marine science to see the wide variety of jobs out there. I also think it’s important for the students hear about all the different jobs each person had in the field of science before they landed in their current position, so they can see how diverse a career path can be.”