[MARMAM] New Internship Opportunities at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute!

Elizabeth Hartel ehartel at hboi.fau.edu
Wed Mar 7 10:19:57 PST 2012

Voluntary Research Positions at HBOI

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University is now accepting applications for two voluntary research positions in the Population Biology and Behavioral Ecology (PBBE) Program.  Successful applicants will participate in marine mammal photo-identification including data entry, database management, image analysis, field work, and potentially GIS mapping work.

Positions are available throughout the year with 3 sessions:

·         mid January - mid May

·         mid May - mid August

·         mid August - mid December
There is some flexibility with the above dates.  If applying for the upcoming 2012 summer session, preference will be given to those interested in starting early (i.e. before May).  Please submit application materials with as much notice as possible, preferably at least one month prior to your desired session start date.  If interested in participating for a longer duration, it may be possible to combine two of the above sessions.  Volunteers will be expected to commit to a minimum of 30 hours per week, excluding University recognized holidays.

Harbor Branch is located in Fort Pierce, FL, adjacent to the Indian River Lagoon.  The PBBE program conducts boat-based photo-ID surveys of Western North Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in estuarine waters of Eastern Florida.  We investigate multiple aspects of dolphin population biology, foraging ecology and social organization, including temporal and spatial aspects of abundance and distribution.  Voluntary Researchers will primarily focus on data entry, database management, image analysis, and some photo-ID field work.

These are unpaid positions, but this is an excellent opportunity to gain experience with marine mammal research and image analysis.  Participants will be under the supervision of experienced dolphin researchers and will learn many valuable skills.  If students intend to receive university credit for their participation, they are responsible for making all arrangements with their educational institution.  Participants are also responsible for their own living arrangements and expenses.

Ideal candidates will be advanced undergraduates or recent graduates of a university program in marine science, biology, ecology, or a related field.  We are seeking applicants with a strong work ethic, a mature attitude towards marine mammal research, and preferably prior marine mammal experience.  As these are unpaid positions, applicants must fill out the Volunteer Application found at http://www.fau.edu/hboi/Donate.php (scroll down to "Donate Your Time" and click on Volunteer Application).

To apply, please send a résumé and cover letter with the completed Volunteer Application to Cathy Rossmell at crossmel at fau.edu.   Please indicate PBBE- Photo-ID as your area of interest on the application.  Please include the session(s) and/or dates you are applying for in your cover letter.

Florida Atlantic University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer and is committed to the diversity of its workforce.

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Liz Hartel
Biological Scientist
Population Biology and Behavioral Ecology
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute - FAU
5600 US 1 North, Fort Pierce, FL 34946
work: (772) 242-2238
cell: (772) 216-4363

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