[MARMAM] Spring 2018 Marine Mammal Stranding Internship – ALMMSN

Noel Wingers nwingers at disl.org
Tue Nov 28 10:04:23 PST 2017

January – May 2018 (3 month minimum; 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*: Student or recent graduate (0-2 years) of a
biology/marine biology, marine science, oceanography, zoology or related
program; interest in marine mammal biology, physiology and anatomy; 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. International applicants are encouraged, however
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,
2017 to be considered. Preference will be given to applicants who can stay
through the entire internship period. Application review will begin

More information about ALMMSN and the Marine Ecosystem Response Laboratory
can be found at http://almmsn.disl.org/ and
http://www.disl.org/about/faculty/rcarmichael/ or by contacting Noel
Wingers at almmsn at disl.org.
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