[MARMAM] Marine Mammal Internships 2008- Whale Center of New England

Jenn Tackaberry jenn at whalecenter.org
Mon Jan 7 07:37:34 PST 2008

Marine Mammal Research Internships
(For a detailed description and application, please see our website at
The Whale Center of New England, located in Gloucester, MA, is a
non-profit research organization involved with the study of the
behavior, ecology, and natural history of the whales and dolphins found
in the waters off of Massachusetts.  The Whale Center is also heavily
involved with habitat conservation and education programs.  We are
currently looking to fill research internships for the summer (May
19-August 22) and fall (August 18 – December 19) semester of 2008 and
for the spring (February 2 - May 29) semester of 2009.  Please note:
All positions are filled in the spring of each year.  *We also have one
opening for the spring 2008 semester (January 28-May 23) which will be
filled on a first come first serve basis.*
The Whale Center of New England internship provides experience needed to
further pursue fields in marine biology and animal behavior.  It is our
goal to provide college students and recent graduates with the
opportunity to collect valuable information important to the marine
mammal field and to see how this information is used in management and
conservation efforts in this area.  Each internship session offers
different experiences in marine mammal science that will depend on the
season.  These duties may include, but are not limited to: extensive
photo-identification and computer work (training provided), field data
collection aboard commercial whale watching vessels and our 27’ research
vessel Silver II, attendance at necropsies (whale autopsies), marine
mammal stranding response, harbor seal surveys and attendance at
conferences and meetings.  
A fee of $1000 for the period will be charge and in return interns will
receive housing and a $30 weekly food stipend.  A common apartment is
used, where interns live together and share cooking and cleaning duties.
Rooms are shared with one other person.  A living arrangement such as
this is conductive to open discussion and interaction between peers and
home life is often a continuation of the day in the field.  Also,
college credit may be arranged by the student through their department
or as an independent research program at their college or university.
The Whale Center of New England encourages this, and will take whatever
steps are required to facilitate such efforts.
Internship applicants should have the following:
* A background in biology, zoology, or related field
* Some knowledge of research methods and design
* An ability to work, live and communicate well with others
* Enthusiasm and dedication to work long days (sometimes 12 hours or
more) in the field or lab
* Completed their freshmen year at the time of application
In order to apply for an internship: please send a resume, a cover
letter detailing your reason(s) for applying, one letter of reference,
and an updated transcript.  Once your application has been received, an
interview will be arranged. In-person interviews are preferred,
necessitating travel to Gloucester, MA, during one of two weekends in
March 2008 (to be determined at a later date). All applications must be
submitted by March 1, 2008.  Applicants should note which semesters they
are applying for (a single application may enter an applicant into the
pool for more than one session, in case they are not selected for their
first choice).  All positions are highly competitive.  Because of an
increased work calendar during the summer session, volunteer positions
are also available.  
            *If you are applying for the spring 2008 semester, please
send your application as soon as possible and instead of an in-person
interview, a telephone interview can be arranged.*
Application materials and questions regarding the internship should be
directed to the intern coordinator:
Jennifer Tackaberry
P.O. Box 159
Gloucester, MA 01930
978-281-6351 (office)
978-281-5666 (fax)
jenn at whalecenter.org

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