[MARMAM] internship position available Canada August/September 2017

Christian Ramp car at rorqual.com
Thu May 18 19:04:56 PDT 2017

Internship opportunity at Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS)

Francophone Intern needed for the period 1 August – 30 September.

MICS is a non-profit organization funded in 1979 that conducts research
on marine mammals in the Gulf of St Lawrence, Quebec, with a particular
focus on baleen whales. For our upcoming 2017 summer field season we are
looking to fill one, possibly two intern positions at our research
station based in Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan (Quebec, Canada).

MICS focuses on the photo-identification of blue, fin, humpback and
minke whales. In particular, MICS is the curator of the North Atlantic
blue whale catalogue. For more information about our research, the
current projects and a list of peer-reviewed articles, please visit our
web page:www.rorqual.com.

MICS also runs two main outreach programmes open to the public. Weekly
ecotourism trips where participants get a chance to join us in our daily
research activities and learn more about cetaceans through in-depth
information about our research. Additionally, MICS offers guided tours
of its cetacean museum that introduces visitors to their biology and
ecology, as well as our research. Interns spend a considerable
proportion of their time assisting in these outreach programs.

The internship
The intern will assist in field work tasks including, but not limited to:
      •    visual surveys of our study area
      •    note-taking and data recording
      •    data entry
      •    photo-identification (matching)
      •    equipment maintenance
      •    guided tours of the museum
      •    informing tourists at the front desk

The intern must be at least 18 years of age, must be fluent in French,
due to a majority of francophone visitors. Previous experience is
preferable but not essential.
Due to the non-profit nature of the organisation, MICS is unable to
offer monetary compensation for the internship – it is an unpaid
Applicants will have to make their own way to the field station in
Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan (Quebec North Shore). Transport to and from
nearest airport (Sept-Iles) can be arranged. Interns will share a house
(4-5 at a time) and will have to cover the costs of food and lodging.
The latter is about 50-75$ CAN/week.
Interns must be resilient and able to work as part of a team in tough
working conditions (7-days a week, long hours at sea, potentially cold
weather…) Interns are likely to be 1-2 days per week on the water,
depending on weather and rotation. Most work is land based.

Learning outcomes
Interns will gain experience and insights into conducting marine-based
field work and will gain confidence and experience in public speaking. A
successful internship often leads to recruitment into the research team
the following year.

Please send a CV and short cover email tomics at rorqual.com

If you have any question about the internship, please send them to the
same address. Looking forward to reading your CVs.

The MICS Team.

Mingan Island Cetacean Study				
378 Bord de la Mer					
Longue Pointe de Mingan					
G0G 1V0, Qc						
mics at rorqual.com						

Phone/Fax: +1-418-949-2845

Facebook (French): fb.me/MICSbaleines

Facebook (English):fb.me/MICSWhales

Twitter: @MinganWhales

Instagram minganwhales

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