[MARMAM] Humpback Whale Internships: Jan-April 2013

Mithriel MacKay mithriel.mackay at gmail.com
Sun Sep 9 15:31:33 PDT 2012

*Two Internships Available for 2013 Field Season!*

Two full time internships are available for the winter of 2013 to assist in
PhD dissertation research focusing on humpback whales (*Megaptera
novaeangliae*) wintering off Puerto Rico.

*General description:* Research for this project includes occupancy,
habitat use, and movement of humpback whales wintering off Puerto Rico. We
anticipate a minimum of 1-3 days/week of vessel based data collection, 2-3
days/week land based data collection, and inclement weather days spent
managing data at the base station. Acoustic data will be analyzed during
days when field excursions are not practical or possible. There may be
opportunity for aerial survey experience.

*Commitment:* Interns are required to be available full time from January
5, 2013 until April 30, 2013.  Interns are required to stay at the base
station and be prepared for very long days. We typically rise well before
sunrise and finish well after sunset each day. Breaks (“days off”) are
infrequent. This is a low density area for humpbacks. The ability to
maintain land based observations for hours (or even a full day) without
seeing a whale requires commitment and patience. Vessel based data
collection will be from a small boat and is dependent on a team that is
able to work well in close quarters.

*Responsibilities:  *Interns are fully involved in all aspects of this
project including preparation and maintenance of equipment, data collection
and management, and mentoring students who join our team during the field
season.  We interact with the public and peers frequently. Interns will be
involved in outreach opportunities (impromptu and scheduled).

*Provisions & Accommodations: *You will be provided with a place to sleep
at the base station and transportation to all field sites from the base
station at no cost. Interns will pitch in for food. Please visit the MCERC
website and read the entire description of the base station (see below for

*Travel: *Interns are responsible for transportation to and from Puerto
Rico, USA. Residents of Puerto Rico are required to live at the base
station with the team during their internship. Interns are responsible for
determining and acquiring necessary travel documents to the USA.

*Qualifications: *Priority is given to students with an upbeat, hardworking
and positive attitude. The ability to take direction and live in close
quarters with 6-8 people is a key to a successful field season. A stellar
academic average is a plus, but is not a requirement and should not
discourage interested people with less than perfect academic scores from
applying. A strong desire to learn new skills, mentor other students, and
promote a positive attitude towards stewardship is essential for candidates.

            Interested senior undergraduates (with majors in marine biology
or related field), recent graduates seeking to gain experience in marine
biology/ecology, and graduate students are encouraged to look over the
website (Marine-Eco.org) and submit a letter of interest, CV, and
availability to MCERC.mail at gmail.com. Candidates for internships will
complete an interview via Skype or in person prior to being accepted for a
position for the 2013 field season.

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Mithriel M. MacKay
Ph.D. Candidate
Marine Mammal Research Program
Department of Marine Biology
Texas A&M University, Galveston
(830) 688-9878
mithriel.mackay at gmail.com


Director of Research and Education
Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center
HC02 6382 Guayanilla, PR
PO Box 63435 Pipe Creek, Texas 78063
www.Marine-Eco.org <http://www.marine-eco.org/>
MCERC.mail at gmail.com
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