[MARMAM] Dolphin Research Internship, Charleston, SC

Todd Speakman todd.speakman at noaa.gov
Fri Oct 19 07:37:42 PDT 2012

NOAA Hollings Marine Laboratory’s Marine Animal Health Program is
recruiting to fill two dolphin photo-identification internship
positions for the winter/spring of 2013. 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 14
week period from January 21 to April 27, 2013. There is some
flexibility in these start and end dates.

Interns will primarily assist with laboratory activities such as data
entry, photo-analysis, stranding response, and health assessment
preparation, in addition to participating in a limited amount of
fieldwork. Building on existing data from long-term monitoring which
has spanned 15+ years, boat-based photo-identification (id) surveys
will be conducted for Western North Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in
estuaries and near-shore waters of South Carolina as well as remote
biopsy surveys near Jacksonville, FL. Specific research questions
focus on relationships between contaminants and environmental factors.
 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
relevant to the internship.
Interested applicants should first correspond with Todd Speakman by email (
Todd.Speakman at noaa.gov) before preparing and submitting application
materials. We anticipate filling this internship position by the December
15, 2012.

Todd Speakman, Biologist
JHT Inc. Contractor
Hollings Marine Laboratory
331 Fort Johnson Road
Charleston, SC 29412
Ph/ 843.762.8820
Fx/ 843.762.8737
Todd.Speakman at noaa.gov
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