[MARMAM] Right Whale Internship, Cape Cod

ruth leeney ruleeney at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Oct 20 11:20:38 PDT 2008

Right whale Internship posting: Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies 


The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies is
seeking an intern for the upcoming 2009 right whale survey season. This person
will work with both the aerial survey and habitat survey teams, who operate
between January and May every year, documenting the abundance, distribution and
behavior of North Atlantic right whales in Cape Cod Bay. The intern will primarily assist staff
members with photographing right whales and collecting behavioral and
environmental data at sites in Cape Cod Bay. The successful applicant will
also be responsible for a number of lab-based photo-identification tasks, such
as downloading images, database entry, and matching images to known animals
using an online catalog.  He/ she will be required to work a minimum of four full days
per week. The intern will
often collect data independently in the field, thus responsible, detail-oriented
applicants are encouraged to apply. Fieldwork will likely involve one to two surveys per
week, between January 2 and May 15. Applicants must be available for the full
field season. 



A degree, preferably in
     biological/ environmental sciences.Experience with digital
     SLR cameras.Experience in
     photo-identification of marine mammals, and matching of photographs.Data entry; basic
     computer skills in programs such as Excel and Word. Experience of working on
     boats. Must not suffer from seasickness.Must work well in a team.
     Field hours can be long and the winter fieldwork conditions are cold. Enthusiasm and willingness to learn
     field and lab based research methods.A valid US drivers license would be
     beneficial but is not essential.  


will be provided. There is no remuneration for this position. This is an
excellent opportunity for anyone wishing to expand their skills in marine
mammal survey techniques, and will offer the successful applicant the unique
chance to work with one of the world’s most endangered cetacean species, the North Atlantic right whale. 


has a long history of conservation and research work with the North Atlantic right whale. This internship will
afford the successful applicant an invaluable opportunity to work within a
well-established institution, with highly-qualified scientists, and to gain
experience in photo-identification, matching, data entry and analysis. Some
experience in plankton sampling may also be gained. Details of our work can be
found at the following links:  

Habitat program: http://www.coastalstudies.org/what-we-do/right-whales/vbhabstudies.htm  

program: http://www.coastalstudies.org/what-we-do/right-whales/aerialsur.htm

Application process:  

submit your cover letter, resume, college transcripts (unofficial are
sufficient), and the contact information for three references via email to scrockett at coastalstudies.org .
The closing date for applications is November 20, 2008.  

Ruth H. Leeney
Interim Director, Right Whale Aerial Survey Program  Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies
5 Holway Avenue  MA 02657, USA

T: (+1)-808-205-5638 / (+1)-508-487-3623 ext. 109
E: rleeney at coastalstudies.org   W: www.namibiandolphinproject.blogspot.com   

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