[MARMAM] Southern Sea Otter Research Internships

Andrew Johnson AJohnson at mbayaq.org
Mon Aug 27 15:39:51 PDT 2007

Southern Sea Otter Research Internships


The Sea Otter Research and Conservation (SORAC) program at the Monterey
Bay Aquarium has near-term openings for undergraduate research interns
to assist with field studies of the southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris
nereis). SORAC program personnel work with academic and agency
colleagues to study the behavior, ecology, and natural history of the
southern sea otter, and the program needs to fill several research
internships for fall 2007 and throughout 2008.


These research internships will provide college students and recent
graduates with opportunities to track and monitor radio-tagged sea
otters as part of ongoing research projects. Each internship session
will offer different experiences in marine mammal science, including,
but not limited to, conducting extensive data collection along the
Monterey coastline (occasionally from boat or plane); participating in
6- or 12-hour activity budgets; entering data in computerized databases;
attending surgical procedures and post-mortem examinations; responding
to sea otter strandings; recovering sea otter carcasses; and assisting
with sea otter population counts. 


Internship applicants should have a background in biology, zoology or a
related field, possess some knowledge of research methods and study
design, and have facility with computers and computer applications. They
should have an ability to work and communicate well with others, and
they must bring an enthusiasm for working long days in field or lab
settings. At the time of application, applicants must have completed
their first year of college, must have the capability to relocate to the
Monterey area for 3 to 4 months (i.e., a term, quarter, or semester),
and have the flexibility to work at least 30 hours per week.


This is an unpaid internship, although research interns will receive
certain benefits available to Monterey Bay Aquarium volunteers.


Please direct expressions of interest and questions regarding the
internship to SORAC's training and volunteer coordinator:


Debbie Keller

Monterey Bay Aquarium

886 Cannery Row

Monterey, CA 93940

P: 831-648-4866

F: 831-648-4989

E: dkeller at mbayaq.org


The mission of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, a non-profit public aquarium
in Monterey, California, is to inspire conservation of the oceans.

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