[MARMAM] Marine Mammal Stranding Internship – ALMMSN

Noel Wingers nwingers at disl.org
Tue Jan 5 08:05:35 PST 2016

February – May 2016 (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 a highly
motivated intern 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, 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 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.
Interested applicants must send a cover letter, CV and dates of
availability to almmsn at disl.org before January 24, 2016 to be considered.
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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