[MARMAM] Gray Whale Research! - Internships Available Summer 2010

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Thu Mar 4 19:57:44 PST 2010


SEACR MARINE RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS – SUMMER 2010

The Society for Ecological and Coastal Research - SEACR - is a non- 
profit organization, established in 1998, dedicated to scientific  
research on the ecology of near-shore marine systems. SEACR is  
sponsoring several long-term ongoing research projects on gray whale  
ecology in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia, Canada. The projects are  
organized and run by the Whale Research Lab of the University of  
Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (http://www.geog.uvic.ca/whalelab/ 
).

INTERNSHIPS

Enthusiastic individuals with a keen interest in nature and science  
are invited to discover the challenges of marine field research along  
Canada's coastal rainforest through SEACR's Marine Research Intern  
Program!

MRIP is a volunteer program where Research Interns assist experienced  
and dedicated marine biologists and ecologists with their field  
research. Through MRIP, Research Interns will live and work at a  
remote research field-station in the coastal rainforest of Clayoquot  
Sound, British Columbia, to aid researchers with ongoing field  
research related to coastal and marine ecology.

Internships are offered on a competitive basis, at cost and provide  
invaluable exposure to boat based field work, the Pacific coastal  
ocean environment, marine mammal research, intensive training and  
mentoring in marine ecology, and encouragement to work and play hard!

We are offering 2  or 4 week Marine Research Internships for June  
2010. There is no deadline to apply. However, approved applications  
are reviewed and accepted on a first-come, first serve basis and  
spaces are quite limited.

QUALIFICATIONS

This internship is an excellent opportunity for an individual working  
toward a career in marine science to gain practical experience in the  
field.  Ideal candidates possess a personal interest in marine ecology  
and a commitment to conservation research.

Marine research is difficult and challenging work, so being a Research  
Intern is not for everyone! Those who wish to participate in MRIP must  
be in good physical health, especially free of back and leg injuries,  
as the field hours (in the boat and in the lab) can be long - though  
very satisfying! This is not a program that certifies individuals in  
field research. It is, however, an experience that delivers a unique  
opportunity for education, development of field ecology research  
skills, travel, and enjoyment of wildlife.

THE RESEARCH ENVIRONMENT

Flores Island is the home of the Ahousaht First Nations peoples and is  
nestled in world-famous Clayoquot Sound, in the Pacific Coast  
rainforest. Flores is an excellent place to learn about marine ecology  
and the study of nature. Along with learning field and technical  
skills during the course of work, when the opportunity arises Research  
Interns may engage in informal talks with graduate students, take  
hikes along the Wild Side Trail, have beach campfires, and interact  
with the Ahousaht First Nations peoples. Professors from the  
University of Victoria, local scientists and previous MRIP researchers  
will be frequent visitors to the field research station.

Flores Island's natural beauty, sandy beaches, and abundant wildlife  
will keep you enthralled. Being here is the experience of a lifetime.

APPLICATION PROCESS & COSTS

To qualify as a candidate for the MRIP, see the preaplication process  
on our website: http://www.geog.uvic.ca/whalelab/seacr-application.html

Unlike many other volunteer internship opportunities, SEACR provides  
and organizes the room and board for our interns at cost. The  
internship package includes basic accommodations and three meals per  
day at the research station. Interns and research staff live together  
and are responsible for cooking and cleaning duties. Rooms are shared  
with at least one other person. The internship costs do not include  
transportation to and from the research camp on Flores Island,  
personal items, or special dietary requirements. A non-refundable $500  
deposit is required upon acceptance to MRIP.

  Two week Internship          - $ 2200 Cdn
  Four week Internship          - $ 3400 Cdn

If you are interested in applying for a position, please see the  
details of our application process on our website http://www.geog.uvic.ca/whalelab/seacr-application.html
Questions regarding the MRIP application or internships can be  
directed by email to: UVICwhalelab at gmail.com


****************************
Christina Tombach Wright
Intern Coordinator
Society for Ecological and Coastal Research
P.O. Box 35052
Victoria, British Columbia
CANADA V8T 5G2
UVICwhalelab at gmail.com
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