[MARMAM] Wild Bottlenose Dolphin Research Internship

kmchugh at mote.org kmchugh at mote.org
Fri Apr 16 06:31:26 PDT 2010

Dolphin Research and Conservation Institute Internships

The Chicago Zoological Society’s Dolphin Research and Conservation
Institute (DRCI), based at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida,
conducts the world’s longest-running study of a wild dolphin population. 
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 DRCI 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 DRCI
and the individual projects listed below, please visit:

The DRCI is in the process of selecting volunteer interns for the fall
2010 internship program (27 September - 17 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, 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 ID
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.  Shared housing opportunities
near Mote Marine Laboratory may be available (cost: $85/week).   A few
scholarships are available from Mote Marine Laboratory through a
competitive application process (US citizens only).

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
•	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 at Mote Marine Laboratory’s website
(www.mote.org/interns).  Be sure to select “Dolphin Research and
Conservation Institute” 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 DRCI’s Intern Coordinator (Katie McHugh,
kmchugh at mote.org) stating your name, contact information, exact dates
available 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.  We are seeking 1-2 interns for the fall of 2010,
depending on scheduling. Applicants may contact Katie McHugh (941-388-4441
ext. 375, kmchugh at mote.org) in the DRCI with any questions.

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