[MARMAM] Internship for Harbor Porpoise Study

Aileen Jeffries aileen at pacificbio.org
Wed May 21 10:58:42 PDT 2014

Harbor Porpoise Internship


The Harbor Porpoise Project with Pacific Biodiversity Institute has an
opening for an intern for the summer, 2014. The intern position will be full
time starting in May or June with a minimum duration of 3 months. The intern
will have a 5 day work week with some flexibility in determining his or her
work schedule. Some weekend work may be necessary.

Duties: Interns will participate in field activities including land and
water based visual surveys and Photo ID of cetaceans. They will learn how to
take photographs for Photo ID work, handle acoustic instruments and will
gain experience with data reduction and analysis.

Research: This research is designed to provide an understanding of temporal
and spatial aspects of the distribution of harbor porpoises. The internship
offers an excellent opportunity for qualified and motivated individuals to
obtain field and laboratory training in visual survey methodology, Photo ID
and acoustic data collection and analysis. We are using high frequency
hydrophones and acoustic spectral analysis software for parts of the work.
The interns will learn how this equipment operates and work with acoustic

Costs: Limited expenses will be covered and housing is provided for this
internship position. If the intern extends for an additional 3 months a
stipend may be negotiated.

Living Arrangements and Transportation: The intern will be provided living
accommodations in Anacortes during the time of the internship. During the
work period interns must have a personal vehicle, bicycle or use public
transportation to allow them to travel to and from the survey field sites. 

Requirements: Applicants must be advanced undergraduates or graduates of a
scientifically oriented university program in the behavioral, acoustical or
biological sciences. A typical applicant should have a strong interest in
the scientific study of cetacean behavioral ecology and have interest in
future graduate study in marine mammal science. The applicant must be an
individual who seeks extensive and intensive exposure to the field work,
data analysis techniques, and research literature in this field. The
applicant must take initiative, be willing to work intensively, be
self-motivated and be able to work as part of a team. Preference will be
given to persons with experience handling a boat in the Puget Sound.

Application: Interested applicants should first send an email with resume
and a description of their background and interests to Aileen Jeffries,
<mailto:aileen at pacificbio.org> aileen at pacificbio.org,


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