[MARMAM] Marine Mammal Research Internship 2010-2011

Jennifer Tackaberry jenn at whalecenter.org
Mon Jan 4 12:37:33 PST 2010

Marine Mammal Research Internships 2010-2011
(For a detailed description and application, please see our website at
The Whale Center of New England, located in Gloucester, MA, is a
non-profit research organization involved with the study of the
behavior, ecology, and natural history of the whales and dolphins found
in the waters off of Massachusetts.  The Whale Center is also heavily
involved with habitat conservation and education programs.  We are
currently looking to fill research internships for the Summer (May 24 -
August 20) and Fall (August 16 - December 17) semesters of 2010, and
Spring (January 31 - May 27) semesters of 2011.  Please note:  All
positions are filled in the spring of each year.  
The Whale Center of New England internship provides experience needed to
further pursue fields in marine biology and animal behavior.  It is our
goal to provide college students and recent graduates with the
opportunity to collect valuable information important to the marine
mammal field and to see how this information is used in management and
conservation efforts in this area.  Each internship session offers
different experiences in marine mammal science that will depend on the
season.  These duties may include, but are not limited to: extensive
photo-identification and computer work (training provided), field data
collection aboard commercial whale watching vessels and our 42' research
vessel The Mysticete, attendance at necropsies (whale autopsies), marine
mammal stranding response, harbor seal surveys and attendance at
conferences and meetings.  
The internship fee for the 2010-2011 season is yet to be finalized (a
fee of $1250 was charged for the 2009 season). Interns will receive
housing in Gloucester within walking distance to the office and boats.
A common apartment is used, where interns live together and share
cooking and cleaning duties.  Rooms are shared with one other person.  A
living arrangement such as this is conductive to open discussion and
interaction between peers and home life is often a continuation of the
day in the field.  Also, college credit may be arranged by the student
through their department or as an independent research program at their
college or university.  The Whale Center of New England encourages this,
and will take whatever steps are required to facilitate such efforts.
Internship applicants should have the following:
* A background in biology, zoology, or related field
* Some knowledge of research methods and design
* An ability to work, live and communicate well with others
* Enthusiasm and dedication to work long days (sometimes 12 hours or
more) in the field or office
* Completed their freshmen year at the time of application
In order to apply for an internship: please send a resume, a cover
letter detailing your reason(s) for applying, one letter of reference,
and an updated transcript.  Once your application has been received, an
interview will be arranged. In-person interviews are preferred,
necessitating travel to Gloucester, MA, during one of two weekends in
March 2010 (to be determined at a later date). All applications must be
submitted by March 1, 2010.  Applicants should note which semesters they
are applying for (a single application may enter an applicant into the
pool for more than one session, in case they are not selected for their
first choice).  All positions are highly competitive.  Because of an
increased work calendar during the summer session, volunteer positions
are also available.  
Application materials and questions regarding the internship should be
directed to the intern coordinator: Jenn Tackaberry
Jennifer Tackaberry
P.O. Box 159
Gloucester, MA 01930
978-281-6351 (office)
978-281-5666 (fax)
jenn at whalecenter.org
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