[MARMAM] ALMMSN Marine Mammal Stranding Internship

Noel Wingers nwingers at disl.org
Tue Dec 30 09:00:34 PST 2014


*February – May 2015 (3-4 months; start/end dates are flexible)*

The Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network (ALMMSN), located at the
Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) in Dauphin Island, AL, is recruiting two
highly motivated interns to assist with cetacean stranding response in
coastal Alabama waters. ALMMSN is a cooperative regional stranding network
partner, and works in conjunction with NOAA's NMFS and USFWS to respond to
dolphin, whale and manatee strandings. The primary goal of ALMMSN is to
enhance reporting and response efforts for marine mammal strandings in
order to ensure collection of consistent, high-quality data which are used
to evaluate causes of strandings and/or death. This internship is a
physically demanding position, as field response and necropsy events often
occur on long days in a variety of weather conditions. Interns will gain
useful skills and experience in the fields of marine biology and marine
mammalogy.

*Daily duties include: *Field stranding response, data collection, data
management, participation in necropsy events, sample handling, operation of
trucks and trailers, and equipment maintenance. Interns will also have the
opportunity to assist DISL Manatee Sighting Network staff with projects
including data entry, sonic and radio telemetry, and photo-identification
to gain a broader set of skills.

*Qualification requirements: *Interest in marine mammal biology, physiology
and anatomy; student or recent graduate of a biology/marine biology, marine
science, oceanography, zoology or related program; valid driver’s license
and clean driving record; 18 years or older; physically fit, able to lift
at least 50 lbs and strong swimmer; ability to endure unpleasant field
conditions including temperatures between 30°F-100°F, rain, humidity and
biting insects; knowledge of digital SLR cameras and lenses; ability to
work at least 24 hrs/week including one weekend day per week (nights and
holidays may be required as necessary with fieldwork).

This position is unpaid and interns are responsible for providing their own
housing and transport to DISL. Assistance finding housing can be provided.
Interested applicants must send a cover letter, CV and dates of
availability to almmsn at disl.org before January 15, 2015 to be considered.

More information about ALMMSN and the Marine Ecosystem Response Laboratory
can be found at http://almmsn.disl.org/ and
http://www.disl.org/faculty_staff/1?section=projects or by contacting Noel
Wingers at almmsn at disl.org.
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