[MARMAM] Dolphin Research Internships

Emily emily at dolphins.org
Wed May 17 08:36:16 PDT 2006

Dolphin Research Internships

Dolphin Research Center (DRC) is currently accepting applications for
Research Interns for the Fall 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 of 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 behavioral research sessions
*	Assisting in setting up and tearing down equipment for behavioral
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 <http://www.dolphins.org > .

Jaakkola, K., Fellner, W., Erb, L., Rodriguez, A. M., & Guarino, E. (2005).
Understanding the concept of numerically "less" by bottlenose dolphins
(Tursiops truncatus).  Journal of Comparative Psychology.

Internships require a minimum of a 16-week commitment, 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 June 1st.  Further information and application
materials can be found on our website at www.dolphins.org
<http://www.dolphins.org > .

Emily Guarino
Research Coordinator
emily at dolphins.org
Dolphin Research Center
58901 Overseas Hwy.
Grassy Key, FL 33050

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