[MARMAM] Wild Bottlenose Dolphin Research Internship
allenjb at mote.org
Fri May 16 11:44:32 PDT 2008
Wild Bottlenose Dolphin Research Internship
The Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP), based at Mote Marine
Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida, is the world's longest-running wild
dolphin research program. The program's goal is to contribute to a
better understanding of the structure and dynamics of populations of
small cetaceans, as well as the natural and anthropogenic factors that
impact them. The SDRP uses an interdisciplinary and collaborative
approach in conducting studies of bottlenose dolphins within Sarasota
Bay, Tampa Bay, Charlotte Harbor, and the Gulf of Mexico coastal waters.
For more information about the SDRP, please visit: www.sarasotadolphin.org.
The SDRP is in the process of selecting volunteer interns for the fall
2008 internship program (2 September - 19 December). Positions are
available within our dolphin population monitoring project, which will
continue to monitor the resident bottlenose dolphin population in
Sarasota Bay. This internship will consist of approximately fifty
percent field and fifty percent laboratory duties. While in the field,
work will generally involve boat based surveys for dolphin groups along
survey routes. Behavioral, location, individual identification, and
environmental data will be recorded for each dolphin group. While in the
lab, work will generally involve photo-identification of dolphins
sighted, data entry, dolphin identification catalog maintenance,
equipment maintenance, and other duties.
There is no compensation for these internship positions, and successful
applicants will be responsible for their own living and transportation
expenses during the time of the internship. Housing opportunities may be
available (cost: $75/week). Scholarships are available from Mote Marine
Laboratory through a competitive application process.
Applicants would ideally have the following qualifications:
*Minimum of 18 years of age and engaged in or recently completed
*A background or degree in Biology, Marine Biology, Zoology or a related
*Basic computer proficiency in Microsoft Office programs;
*Some field research experience preferred but not required;
*Must be able to swim.
*Enthusiasm and willingness to learn field and lab based research methods;
*A willingness to spend a minimum of 2 - 3 months working full time with
To apply for a Sarasota Dolphin Research Program internship interested
1) Fill out an application form on Mote Marine Laboratory's website
(www.mote.org/interns). Be sure to select “Center for Marine Mammal &
Sea Turtle Research” as your first choice and then type in “Sarasota
Dolphin Research Program” as the specific program;
2) Complete and provide to Mote’s intern office all other application
materials including: a statement of interest, current college
transcript, letter of recommendation, and curriculum vitae;
3) Send a brief email to the SDRP’s Lab Manager (Jason Allen,
allenjb at mote.org) stating your name, contact information, dates
available (please be specific) and that you have provided all of your
application materials to the Mote intern office, as detailed above.
All applications will be reviewed; those received by June 15th will be
given first priority. Applicants may contact Jason Allen (941-388-4441
ext. 452, allenjb at mote.org) in the SDRP with any questions.
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