[MARMAM] Wild Bottlenose Dolphin Research Internship

Jason Allen 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 
undergraduate studies;
*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 
our program.

To apply for a Sarasota Dolphin Research Program internship interested 
persons should:
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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