[MARMAM] Dolphin Research Internships

Emily Guarino Emily at dolphins.org
Thu Sep 10 12:22:10 PDT 2015


Dolphin Research Internships

Dolphin Research Center (DRC) is currently accepting applications for Research Interns for the Winter term. DRC is a not-for-profit education and research facility, home to a family of bottlenose dolphins and sea lions.  DRC is located on Grassy Key, in the heart of the Florida Keys.

Internships at DRC are an exciting way to develop career skills as well as an opportunity to get "behind the scenes" to see how a marine mammal facility operates. Research interns participate in DRC's ongoing behavioral, cognitive, and communication research projects, giving them broad exposure to a variety of research methodologies. Interns receive extensive on-the-job training in observing marine mammal behavior, collecting observational data, working with research equipment, and assisting with experimental research sessions.

 Specific job duties include:
*       Collecting observational behavioral data
*       Preparing stimuli for cognitive research sessions
*       Assisting with equipment for cognitive research sessions
*       Setting up hydrophone arrays for communication recordings
*       Operating video equipment
*       Entering or scanning data into the computer for analysis
*       General support of the facility through participation in the volunteer resource pool (facility maintenance, bird care, assisting with public programs, guest interactions, etc.)

Publications:
Jaakkola, K. (2014). Do animals understand invisible displacement? A critical review. Journal of Comparative Psychology, Vol. 128, No. 3, 225-239
Jaakkola, K., Guarino, E., Rodriguez, M., & Hecksher, J. (2013). Switching strategies: A dolphin's use of passive and active acoustics to imitate motor actions. Animal Cognition, 16, 701-709
Jaakkola, K., Guarino, E., & Rodriguez, M. (2010).  Blindfolded imitation in a bottlenose dolphin   (Tursiops truncatus).  International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 23, 671-688
Jaakkola, K., Guarino, E., Rodriguez, M., Erb, L., & Trone, M. (2010). What do dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) understand about hidden objects?  Animal Cognition, 13, 103-120
Jaakkola, K., Fellner, W., Erb, L., Rodriguez, A. M., & Guarino, E. (2005).  Understanding the concept of numerically "less" by bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus).  Journal of Comparative Psychology, 119, 296-303

Internships require a minimum of a 16-week commitment, 40 hours per week. The internship is unpaid, and interns are responsible for providing their own housing. DRC will provide assistance in locating housing and/or matching up interns and volunteers desiring roommates. Successful candidates will be ready and willing to learn, self-motivated, and flexible. Prior research experience is recommended but not required.

The deadline to apply is * October 1st*.  To apply, you must download the application available at www.dolphins.org.  Click "Our Research", and then "Research Internship".

The application, and all associated materials (resume, transcript, and letters of rec.) must be mailed to DRC.

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Emily Guarino
emily at dolphins.org<mailto:emily at dolphins.org>
Dolphin Research Center
58901 Overseas Hwy.
Grassy Key, FL 33050
www.dolphins.org


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