[MARMAM] Dolphin Research Internships (fwd)

MARMAM Editors marmamed at uvic.ca
Mon Sep 26 09:14:09 PDT 2005

Subject: FW: Dolphin Research Internships- Immediate Openings
Dolphin Research Internships

Dolphin Research Center (DRC) is currently accepting applications for
Research Interns for the Winter/Spring term. DRC is a not-for-profit
education and research facility, home to a family of Atlantic bottlenose
dolphins and California sea lions.  DRC is located on Grassy Key, in the
heart of the Florida Keys.

Internships at DRC are an exciting way to develop career skills as well as
an opportunity to get "behind the scenes" to see how a marine mammal
facility operates.  Research interns participate in DRC's ongoing research
projects, giving them broad exposure to a variety to research methodologies.
Interns receive extensive on the job training in observing marine mammal
behavior, collecting observational data, working with research equipment,
and assisting with behavioral research sessions.  In addition, educational
opportunities are available, such as informal journal article reviews and
the development of personal learning objectives.

Specific job duties include:
Collecting observational data
Preparing stimuli for interactive research sessions
Setting up equipment for interactive research sessions
Operating video equipment
Entering data into the computer for analysis
General support of the facility through participation in the volunteer
resource pool (facility maintenance, bird care, assisting with public
programs, guest interactions, etc.)

Research studies can vary widely in nature and availability.  For
information on past or current research projects at DRC, please visit our
website, at www.dolphins.org

Jaakkola, K., Fellner, W., Erb, L., Rodriguez, A.M., & Guarino, E. 2005.
Understanding of the concept of numerically "less" by bottlenose
dolphins(Tursiops truncatus).  Journal of Comparative Psychology. Vol. 119,
No.3. pp. 296-303.

Internships require a minimum of a 12-week commitment (16 weeks is
preferable), 40 hours per week.  The internship is unpaid, and interns are
responsible for providing their own housing.  DRC will provide assistance in
locating housing and/or matching up interns and volunteers desiring
roommates.  Successful candidates will be ready and willing to learn,
self-motivated, and flexible.  Prior research experience is recommended, but
not required.

The deadline to apply is October 1st. Application materials can be found on
our website at www.dolphins.org.

Emily Guarino,  Research Coordinator
drc-res at dolphins.org
Dolphin Research Center
58901 Overseas Highway
Grassy Key, FL 33050

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