[MARMAM] Dolphin Research Internships

Emily Guarino emily at dolphins.org
Thu Sep 3 08:34:19 PDT 2009

Dolphin Research Internships

Dolphin Research Center (DRC) is currently accepting applications for
Research Interns for the Winter term. DRC is a not-for-profit education and
research facility, home to a family of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and
California sea lions.  DRC is located on Grassy Key, in the heart of the
Florida Keys.

Internships at DRC are an exciting way to develop career skills as well as
an opportunity to get "behind the scenes" to see how a marine mammal
facility operates. Research interns participate in DRC's ongoing research
projects, giving them broad exposure to a variety of research methodologies.
Interns receive extensive on-the-job training in observing marine mammal
behavior, collecting observational data, working with research equipment,
and assisting with experimental research sessions. 

 Specific job duties include:
*	Collecting observational behavioral data 
*	Preparing stimuli for experimental research sessions
*	Assisting in setting up and tearing down equipment for experimental
research sessions 
*	Operating video equipment 
*	Entering or scanning data into the computer for analysis
*	General support of the facility through participation in the
volunteer resource pool (facility maintenance, bird care, assisting with
public programs, guest interactions, etc.) 

Jaakkola, K., Fellner, W., Erb, L., Rodriguez, A. M., & Guarino, E. (2005).
Understanding the concept of numerically "less" by bottlenose dolphins
(Tursiops truncatus).  Journal of Comparative Psychology.

Jaakkola, K., Guarino, E., Rodriguez, M., Erb, L., & Trone, M. (in press).
What do dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) understand about hidden objects?
Animal Cognition, Online first. Published online 19 June 2009, DOI

Internships require a minimum of a 16-week commitment, 40 hours per week.
The internship is unpaid, and interns are responsible for providing their
own housing. DRC will provide assistance in locating housing and/or matching
up interns and volunteers desiring roommates. Successful candidates will be
ready and willing to learn, self-motivated, and flexible. Prior research
experience is recommended but not required.

The deadline to apply is *** October 1st***.  To apply, you must download
the application available at www.dolphins.org.  Click "Help DRC", and then
"Volunteer / Intern Opportunities".  

The application, and all associated materials (resume, transcript, and
letters of rec.) must be mailed to DRC.

Emily Guarino
Administrative Director of Research
emily at dolphins.org
Dolphin Research Center
58901 Overseas Hwy.
Grassy Key, FL 33050

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