[MARMAM] Internship Available- Cascadia Research, Olympia, WA USA

Erin Falcone EFalcone at cascadiaresearch.org
Wed Feb 14 11:08:49 PST 2007

Cascadia Research, a non-profit marine mammal research organization in
Olympia, Washington, is offering a volunteer internship position this
spring and/or summer.
The primary activities of this position will be to assist staff in our
long-term photo-ID studies of humpback, blue, and gray whales off the US
West Coast and the inside waters of Washington state.  In this capacity,
you will be expected to do quite a bit of matching, and may additionally
be involved in processing of digital images and data entry.  The
position will be largely office-based, although there will be some
opportunities to assist staff in field data collection, which is
conducted primarily in small boats.  Spring interns also assist in
collection of gray whale photo-ID and sighting data in weekly surveys
aboard local whale watch charters.  
In addition to this, interns will assist staff in stranding response
(Cascadia responded to roughly 80 strandings in 2006).  Responsibilities
will include data and specimen collection, data entry, and participation
in necropsies of both pinnipeds and cetaceans.  Responses may involve
hiking into remote areas and carrying heavy loads, and participants
should be comfortable with the sight of blood, and strong, unpleasant
This is a learning position and prior experience in marine mammal
research is not a prerequisite, however preference will be given to
applicants with some experience in digital photography, good computer
skills, and a basic working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Access.
Familiarity with boats is also a plus, as is the ability to acquire new
skills quickly and work independently.
The position is unpaid, however students can arrange to receive credit
through their educational institution.  Although room and board is not
provided, we are willing to assist candidates in finding accomodations
in the Olympia area.  The duration of the internship is flexible, but we
appreciate a minimum commitment of 8 weeks at 30-40 hours per week.
If interested, please send a cover letter and current CV to Erin Falcone
(efalcone at cascadiaresearch.org).  Qualified applicants will be contacted
for an interview and may be asked to provide letters of recommendation
or references.
Erin Falcone
Erin Andrea Falcone
Cascadia Research
218 1/2 West 4th Ave.
Olympia, WA 98501
360-943-7325 (Office)
360-943-7026 (Fax)
360-789-6474 (Cell)
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