[MARMAM] Internship at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, Cape Cod

Ruth H Leeney rleeney at coastalstudies.org
Wed Sep 30 09:44:19 PDT 2009

Right whale Internship posting: Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies

The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies is seeking an intern for 
the upcoming 2010 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 (required).

    * Experience with digital SLR cameras.

    * Experience in photo-identification of marine mammals, and 
matching of photographs (required).

    * Data entry; basic computer skills in programs such as Excel and 
Word (required).

    * 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.

Housing will be provided, as well as a stipend of $1000 for the whole 
internship period. 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.

PCCS 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:

Aerial program:

Application process:
Please submit your cover letter, resume, college transcripts 
(unofficial are sufficient), and the contact information for three 
references via email to rleeney at coastalstudies.org ; please compile 
these into one pdf file if possible.
The closing date for applications is November 15, 2009.

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

t: (508) 487-3623 ext. 111
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