Jobs on the Island

Working at Stone Lab gives you a behind-the-scenes look at how things operate at the nation’s oldest freshwater biological field station. Part-time positions are available for college-level students taking five-week courses, and full-time Biological Field Station Assistants are needed from spring through fall. A hospitality internship on Gibraltar Island is also available June through August.

Available positions are listed below. Click on the titles for more information. Job descriptions appear below.

Available Jobs
Deadlines Notifications
Summer Student Positions March 6, 2015 Early April
Biological Field Station Assistant Position March 6, 2015 End of March
Hospitality Internship March 6, 2015 End of March

All employment questions should be directed to:

Tel: 419.285.1800
Fax: 614.292.4364

* Send Applications to Columbus Office.

Student Summer Positions

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Work for Stone Lab three days a week and get free room and board!

Ten Positions Available

Salary: Free room and board while taking a course on the island
Location: Ohio State’s F.T. Stone Laboratory, Put-In-Bay, Ohio
Dates: June 22 to July 26, 2014

Summary of Duties

These part-time positions are available to college-level students enrolled in a five-week course at Stone Lab. Laboratory Assistants will help with the daily operations of the lab, including housekeeping and kitchen duties, as well as assisting with tours at the Aquatic Visitors Center and the South Bass Island Lighthouse. Library/Bookstore Assistants will handle library materials, help patrons, and assist in the operation of the Stone Lab bookstore. Students serving in these positions may be subject to a security check.

To Apply

Simply download, complete, and submit the application found at the Apply Now page. Applicants must also submit a:

  • Brief cover letter
  • Resume
  • Stone Lab Course Application

All application materials must be received via e-mail attachment (, fax (614.292.4364), or US mail (Stone Lab Columbus Office, ATTN: Arleen Pineda, 1314 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, Ohio 43212) by 5 p.m. EST on March 8, 2013. Interviews for employment will be held March 19 − 21, 2013 in Columbus, and decisions will be made by the end of March.


For additional information please contact Matt Thomas, Stone Lab Manager, at or call 419.285.1800.

The Columbus office will call applicants between TBD, to set up an interview, which will be held March 17-19, 2015 in Columbus.

Biological Field Station Assistant Position

Job Description (7 Positions Available)

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Biological Field Station Assistants work full-time to support Stone Lab’s programming, serving as workshop instructors for Stone Lab’s Science Workshop Program in the spring and fall and in various leadership positions during the summer. Because this overlaps with the traditional academic schedule, individuals serving in these positions cannot take classes during spring, summer, and fall quarters.

For the Science Workshop Program, assistants help students sample aboard a research vessel, identify specimens in a laboratory session, participate in specialized island activities, and perform light dormitory housekeeping and routine kitchen duties.

In the summer, each assistant is assigned one or a combination of the following duties:

  • Teaching assistant for the Lab’s college courses
  • Research assistant to aid visiting scientists
  • Bookstore clerk and library aid
  • Dorm room turnover, kitchen duty rotations, and facilities tours

Assistants must have or be willing to earn a state watercraft boat operator’s license, a background in biology, and a valid driver’s license. SCUBA certification is helpful, but not required.

Here is how to apply

All applications must be submitted through the Employment Portal at

All applicants will be asked to submit a cover letter and resume as part of the online application.

Hospitality Internship

Job Description (2 positions)

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  • Rate: $8.50-9.50/hr, 35 hours/week
  • Duration: mid April to late October 2014 (flexible beginning and end dates)
  • Housing provided, most meals provided
  • Positions offered to Ohio State students through the Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology (HM 570 internship program). Other applicants should arrange for internship credit through their home institution.

Seeking two motivated students for an HM 570 paid internship opportunity at the Stone Laboratory field station located on Gibraltar Island, Put in Bay, Ohio. Selected individuals must be dedicated to customer service and the mission of providing a healthful and safe learning environment and supportive living and dining conditions for Stone Lab students. Duties include, but are not limited to, meal planning and preparation; special event planning; and all aspects dormitory operations, including scheduling and housekeeping.

All applications must be submitted through the Employment Portal at Applicants will be asked to submit a cover letter and resume as part of the online application.

Prior knowledge of Stone Laboratory and Great Lakes issues always preferred.

Tuition Costs and Aid

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