[MARMAM] FWC Manatee Tracking Project Internship Opportunity

Barlas, Margie Margie.Barlas at MyFWC.com
Tue Jan 9 12:53:29 PST 2007

Manatee Tracking Project Research Intern or Volunteer 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Marine Mammal Research Group is looking for two motivated interns or volunteers to serve for the upcoming spring-summer session in St. Petersburg, FL.

Position description: The intern's primary responsibility is to assist researchers in the Manatee Behavioral Ecology Program with tracking manatees in the Lemon Bay area of southwest Florida (Sarasota and Charlotte Counties).   The principle aim of this study is to characterize manatee response to watercraft in their natural environment using state-of-the-art multi-sensor digital acoustic recording tags and satellite-linked GPS technology.  The successful applicant will record behavioral observations of individual tagged manatees and operational information of vessel traffic from small boats.  Other duties include equipment maintenance, data entry, miscellaneous office tasks, and public outreach as needed. While in the office, interns are expected to work a minimum of 3 days each week. Hours are generally Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.  While in the field, interns are expected to work Friday through Monday (including weekends); some morning and evening hours may be required to utilize daylight and maximize data collection.  Applicants should understand that this job requires them to be wet, dirty, and outdoors in all weather conditions. This position is unpaid; housing is not provided, and interns must provide their own transportation to and from the office.  Transportation, meals, and lodging will be provided in the field.  

*	Must be college junior or senior for internship credit; volunteers do not need to meet this qualification 
*	Must have basic computer proficiency 
*	Some field research experience with data collection on animals preferred 
*	Should be comfortable speaking to the public 
*	Ability to trailer boats and operate watercraft up to 22' in length preferred
*	Experience with radio telemetry tracking gear is desirable, but training can be provided 
*	Must be able to swim 
*	Preference given to applicants who possess a valid US driver's license

Application Process:
We are currently accepting applications for the spring - summer 2007 session (April-August). Internships, which ideally last three to four months, require a minimum ten-week commitment. Starting and ending dates are flexible.
Please send a hard copy of your résumé with your cover letter, college transcripts (unofficial are sufficient if not applying for internship credit), a list three references and contact information to the address below.  Please indicate in your cover letter the position for which you are applying.  

Dr. William S. Arnold- Internship Coordinator
FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 8th Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-3095

You can also send your application by e-mail to:  ManateeInterns at myfwc.com

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