[MARMAM] Spring 2017 Marine Mammal Stranding Internship – ALMMSN

Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network almmsn at disl.org
Wed Dec 7 09:20:18 PST 2016


January – May 2017 (3-5 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 a highly
motivated intern to assist with marine mammal 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, 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 (0-2 years) 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 30 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.
Applicant must be eligible to legally reside in the U.S. for the duration
of the internship period. No visa assistance can be provided. Interested
applicants must send a cover letter, CV and dates of availability to
almmsn at disl.org before December 24, 2016 to be considered. Preference will
be given to applicants who can stay through the entire internship period.
Application review will begin immediately.



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/member/rcarmichael/projects or by
contacting Noel Wingers at almmsn at disl.org.
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