[MARMAM] Wild Bottlenose Dolphin Research Internship

Jason Allen allenjb at mote.org
Mon Jun 22 10:41:56 PDT 2009

*Sarasota** Dolphin Research Program Internships*

The Chicago Zoological Society’s 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: TUwww.sarasotadolphin.orgUT 

The SDRP is in the process of selecting volunteer interns for the spring 
2010 internship program (a minimum of 10 weeks of participation during 4 
January – 7 May). The successful candidates will participate in at least 
two research projects:

1) *Dolphin population monitoring project* 
(www.sarasotadolphin.org/Ecology/monitoring_2009.asp) This study will 
continue to monitor the resident bottlenose dolphin community in 
Sarasota Bay. Duties in the field will include assisting with boat-based 
photographic identification surveys for dolphin groups. Behavioral, 
location, individual, and environmental data will be recorded for each 
dolphin group. While in the lab, work will generally involve 
photo-identification of dolphins, computer data entry, dolphin dorsal 
fin identification catalog maintenance, equipment maintenance and other 
duties (approx. 75% time);

2) *Dolphin prey** and habitat use project* 
(www.sarasotadolphin.org/Ecology/red_tide_prey_2009.asp) This study will 
use the Sarasota dolphin community and fish populations to study 
predator-prey interactions and bioacoustics, specifically helping us to 
understand relationships between distributions of dolphins and their 
prey and factors that affect fish community ecology, such as red tide. 
While in the field, work will involve sampling of fish communities 
through purse seining techniques, recording of fish sounds via 
hydrophone and collection of other environmental data (approx. 25% time).

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. Shared housing opportunities 
near Mote Marine Laboratory 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, Ecology, Zoology or 
a related field;
*Basic computer proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (especially 
Excel and Access);
*Some field research experience preferred but not required;
*Must be able to swim;
*Enthusiasm and desire to learn a variety of field and lab based 
research methods;
*A willingness to spend a minimum of 10 weeks working full time with our 

*To apply for a Sarasota Dolphin Research Program internship, interested 
persons should:*
1) Fill out an application form by at Mote Marine Laboratory’s website 
(TUwww.mote.org/internsUT <http://www.mote.org/>). Be sure to select 
“Sarasota Dolphin Research Program” as your first choice;

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, 
TUallenjb at mote.orgUT <mailto:allenjb at mote.org>) stating your name, 
contact information, *exact* dates and duration of availability 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 September 15P^thP 
will be given first priority. Applicants may contact Jason Allen 
(941-388-4441 ext. 452, TUallenjb at mote.orgUT <mailto:allenjb at mote.org>) 
in the SDRP with any questions.

Jason Allen
Lab Manager, Field Coordinator
Sarasota Dolphin Research Program

Chicago Zoological Society
c/o Mote Marine Laboratory
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236

Tel: 941.388.4441 ext. 452
Fax: 941.388.4223

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