[MARMAM] Allied Whale Intern/Research Assistant Positions: 2017
tlubansky at coa.edu
Tue Jan 17 11:23:03 PST 2017
Allied Whale, the marine mammal research lab of College of the Atlantic
located in Bar Harbor, Maine, seeks 4 interns/research assistants for the
2017 field season. These are entry-level research positions designed to
offer experience for individuals seeking to develop their professional
careers in marine mammal research. Two summer positions (mid May *through*
August) and two full season positions (mid May *through* October) are
*Overview of position*: This is a unique internship program in that the
selected individuals will have the opportunity to participate and receive
training in a wide range of marine mammal research activities while
receiving a small income. Allied Whale currently supports field projects in
the behavioral ecology and distributions of humpback and fin whales, the
ongoing housing and maintenance of the North Atlantic humpback and fin
whale photo ID catalogs, an active stranding response program, and a
continued relationship with the local whale watch company. In addition,
Allied Whale maintains the facilities on and conducts research from Mount
Desert Rock, a remote offshore island. The interns play a critical role in
the success of the field season and serve as support to all aspects of
summer activities within Allied Whale.
*Description of duties*: All four interns will receive training in May by
Allied Whale and the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company. Once the season is in
swing, interns will rotate through time on land in Bar Harbor and offshore
at our island field station at Mount Desert Rock.
*Bar Harbor*: While in Bar Harbor, interns will take shifts either working
as a Research Assistant (RA)/Deckhand for the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co.,
being on call for cetacean surveys on our 26’ research vessel, or assisting
our strandings coordinator. Research responsibilities on the whale watch
trips include searching for whales, photo-identification of whales and data
collection/entry. Deckhand responsibilities include line handling, vessel
cleaning, helping seasick passengers and passenger safety. RAs are also
responsible for assisting the naturalist in promoting education and
conservation programs on each trip.
While on board our research vessel, interns will be responsible to
participate in cetacean surveys along transect lines, computer data entry,
and photo identification of whales. Additional research opportunities may
arise depending on funding for this upcoming season.
When not scheduled on a boat, interns may freely structure their time to
complete office work, develop independent projects, assist with stranding
activities......or explore Acadia National Park!
*Mount Desert Rock*: Interns will have multiple shifts (each at least a
week in length) at our offshore research station Mount Desert Rock. While
on the island, interns will participate in land-based whale monitoring from
the lighthouse tower (with use of a theodolite), plankton tows,
oceanography data collection, seal counts, gull counts, and
maintenance/construction projects at the station.
*Pay/Housing*: Those accepted to the program are able to earn income by
their work on the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company. Deckhands are paid $50 a
trip (at the height of summer, there are 3 trips running a day) plus
considerable tips. Interns also receive free First Aid Certification.
Housing in Bar Harbor is provided and mandatory for a fee. Rent will be
approximately $375-500 a month. While at Mount Desert Rock, food is
provided for free.
*Qualifications*: Applicants should have a college background in biology,
ecology, and/or marine sciences. Previous experience in a research setting
and knowledge of marine mammals are great advantages. Prior experience
offshore or skills in photography are also assets. Unfortunately, because
of employment through the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company, *all interns must
also be U.S. citizens*. Most importantly, applicants must be positive in
attitude, flexible to quickly changing schedules, able to work
independently, and comfortable working on boats. Because of the community
living situation both in Bar Harbor and on Mount Desert Rock, applicants
must get along well with others and be able to handle working in a team
These positions begin ~May 15th and applicants must be able to work through
with no other commitments (excluding COA students).
*To apply*: Please send a cover letter detailing your reasons for applying,
a resume, and two letters of recommendation to: Tanya Lubansky (
tlubansky at coa.edu) with subject title “AW Interns 2017.” *Please specify
which position you are interested in (summer or full-season)*. Deadline of
application is *February 15th*.
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