[MARMAM] Dolphin Research Internship, Charleston, SC

Todd Speakman Todd.Speakman at noaa.gov
Tue Mar 9 07:05:55 PST 2010

NOAA’s Cooperative Center for Marine Animal Health (CCMAH) is recruiting to fill two dolphin photo-identification internship positions for the summer of 2010. The positions will be stationed at the NOAA National Ocean Service Laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina and will involve a commitment of 20 hours per week extending over a 15 week period from May 17, 2010 to August 20, 2010. There is some flexibility in these start and end dates. 


The CCMAH will be conducting boat-based surveys in estuaries and near-shore waters of South Carolina and Georgia to investigate fecundity and survival of Western North Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and to examine relationships of these population parameters with chemical contaminant exposure. Interns will assist with laboratory activities such as data entry and photo-analysis and will participate in boat-based fieldwork. The internship offers an excellent opportunity for qualified and motivated individuals to obtain field and laboratory training in photo-identification methodology and analysis under the mentorship of experienced dolphin researchers. 


There is no compensation for this position and interns will be responsible for their own living expenses and transportation to and from the laboratory. There may be travel involved for some components of the fieldwork which will be covered by the laboratory.


Ideal applicants will be advanced undergraduates or recent graduates of 
a scientifically-oriented university program in marine science, biology 
or a related field. Preference will be given to applicants with 
well-developed computer skills and boat-based field experience. The 
internship application consists of a letter of interest, transcripts of 
university coursework and two letters of recommendation from professors 
or research supervisors who are familiar with your scholarship, research 
skills and work habits.
Interested applicants should first correspond with Todd Speakman by
email (Todd.Speakman at noaa.gov <mailto:Todd.Speakman at noaa.gov>) before 
preparing and submitting application materials. We anticipate filling 
this internship position by the first week of April, 2010.

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