[MARMAM] Marine Mammal Research Internship
jamie at imms.org
Tue Sep 20 07:56:10 PDT 2011
Marine Mammal Research Internship at the Institute for Marine Mammal
The IMMS Research Internship Program is designed as a way for students
interested in a career in marine mammal science to gain valuable research
experience in a real-world setting. Interns will be trained in all aspects
of dolphin photo-id research and will participate in other current research
projects at IMMS. Interns will also participate in other operations at IMMS
including stranding response, education, and animal care. Our goal is to
give Interns a well-rounded experience in a variety of areas while
providing expert training and experience in marine mammal research.
Principle Duties and Requirements
* Commit to a minimum of at least 12 weeks.
* Be available to work Mon-Fri from 8:30 AM to 4 PM and must be
available for all boat trips.
* Have strong sense of responsibility, work ethic, attention to
detail, and ability to admit mistakes.
* Produce high quality research efforts and exhibit strong
* Principle Duties include: data entry, searching and cataloging
journal articles, learning all research protocols, cropping and sorting
photo-id fin images, learning to use photo-id programs such as Darwin (fin
matching software), and FinBase (Microsoft Access), and boat based field
* Secondary Duties involve: Working with animal care staff, attending
marine mammal and sea turtle necropsies, responding to strandings,
assisting with educational tours.
* Field days: Interns must be able to spend many hours on the water
in sometimes extreme seasonal conditions. Seasonal temperatures range from
over 100 ˚F in summer to 30 ˚F in winter. Field days typically exceed
eight hours and occur once or twice a week. May include overnight trips.
Applicants must be 18 or older and must have a genuine interest in marine
research. Applicants should be actively pursuing a college degree or be a
recent graduate in oceanography, marine science/biology, biology, or a
related field. Previous research experience in any capacity is a plus.
Applicants must be able and willing to fulfill all duties outlined for this
Internship Program. This is an unpaid position and Interns are responsible
for their own housing and transportation. Once accepted, IMMS staff will be
able to assist Interns in suggesting suitable housing options and
Please visit our website at http://imms.org/internship.php
Institute for Marine Mammal Studies
P.O. Box 207
Gulfport, MS 39502
Phone: (228) 701-1761
Fax: (228) 896-9183
Email: jamie at imms.org
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