[MARMAM] Right Whale Internship - Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies

Stephanie Richardson srichardson at coastalstudies.org
Fri Sep 10 08:09:12 PDT 2010

Right whale Internship posting: Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies

The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies located in Provincetown, MA USA,
is seeking an intern for the upcoming 2011 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 the habitat survey team, carrying out
boat-based photography of 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
February and May 15. Applicants must be available for the full field season.


   - A degree, preferably in biological/ environmental sciences.
   - Experience with digital SLR cameras.
   - Experience in photo-identification of marine mammals, and matching of
   - Data entry; basic computer skills in programs such as Excel and Word.
   - 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 and often uncomfortable.
   - Enthusiasm and willingness to learn field and lab based research
   - A valid US drivers license would be beneficial but is not essential.

Housing will be provided. There is a $1000 stipend for this position. 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
srichardson at coastalstudies.org <scrockett at coastalstudies.org> . The closing
date for applications is September 30, 2010. Please use "Right whale
internship position" in the subject line of your email.

Stephanie Richardson
Human Resource Manager
Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies
115 Bradford Street
Provincetown, MA 02652
t. (508) 487-3622 Ext. 113
f. (508) 487-4495
Office Hours: Mon., Wed., Fri. 9:00-12:00
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