[MARMAM] Dolphin Research Internship, Charleston, SC

Todd Speakman Todd.Speakman at noaa.gov
Fri Nov 4 06:00:44 PDT 2011

NOAA Hollings Marine Laboratory's Marine Animal Health Program is 
recruiting to fill two dolphin photo-identification internship positions 
for the winter/spring of 2012. The positions are 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 
January 17, 2012 to April 27, 2012. There is some flexibility in these 
start and end dates.

The CCMAH will be conducting boat-based photo-identification (id) and 
remote biopsy surveys of Western North Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in 
estuaries and near-shore waters of South Carolina to investigate 
relationships between stress/reproductive hormones and environmental 
factors.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-id 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 paid for 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 applicant's 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 middle of December, 2011.
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