[MARMAM] Right Whale Ecology Internship 2018 - Provincetown, MA USA

Stephanie Richardson srichardson at coastalstudies.org
Fri Sep 1 13:33:56 PDT 2017

Center for Coastal Studies – Provincetown, MA USA
Right Whale Ecology Program

Internship 2018

The Center for Coastal Studies (CCS), a nonprofit institution dedicated to
the understanding and protection of our coastal environment and marine
ecosystems, is seeking a seasonal Right Whale Ecology Program intern from
March through May 2018. This long-term project focuses on documenting the
abundance, distribution and behavior of North Atlantic right whales and
their food resource in Cape Cod Bay and adjacent Massachusetts waters. The
intern will assist the habitat research associate in the collection and
processing of zooplankton in the field and lab. Fieldwork responsibilities
include zooplankton collection through tow and pump techniques, marine
observer, and environmental data collector. Lab responsibilities include
zooplankton species identification and counts, plastics analysis, archiving
samples, data entry and maintenance, and maintaining field equipment.

Minimum Requirements

-       A college degree, preferably in biological/ environmental sciences

-       Good memorization skills and strong attention to details

-       Basic computer literacy and experience using Microsoft Office
programs (Excel, Word,     PowerPoint). Experience with database entry and
management is preferred

-       Experience working on boats, ability to withstand harsh elements,
and not be prone to serious seasickness

-       Must be able to live and work well in a team

-       Enthusiasm and willingness to learn field and lab-based research

-       Strong attention to detail and ability to work well under pressure

Preferred Qualifications:

-       Plankton identification

-       Microscopy and laboratory experience

-       Not prone to seasickness

-       FTIR Spectrometer experience

-       A valid US driver’s license

The successful applicant will be required to work a minimum of four full
days per week and will need to be flexible for research cruises due to
weather constrictions. The intern will often process zooplankton samples
independently in the lab, thus responsible, detail-oriented applicants are
encouraged to apply. Applicants must be available for the full three months
and must be willing to work weekends, holidays and evenings as needed.
Housing will be provided, as well as a small stipend to cover general
living expenses.

CCS has a long history of conservation and research work with the North
Atlantic right whale and Cape Cod Bay has been a major critical habitat for
over 50% of the estimated population in recent years. This is an excellent
opportunity for anyone wishing to expand their skills in marine mammal
survey techniques and zooplankton analysis; and will offer the successful
applicant the unique chance to work with one of the world’s most endangered
cetaceans. This internship will afford the successful applicant an
invaluable opportunity to work within a well-established institution, with
highly-qualified scientists, and to gain experience in boat-based research,
zooplankton and environmental collections, plankton identification, plastic
analysis, and data entry and analysis. Details of our work can be found on
our website: http://coastalstudies.org/right-whale-research/

How to Apply:

The application package should include the following attachment(s) in PDF

1)    A cover letter describing your specific interests in marine mammal
science, internship qualifications, and how the experience would assist you
in reaching career goals

2)    CV/resume

3)    College transcripts (unofficial are sufficient)

4)    The names and contact information of two references

Please e-mail application materials to: Stephanie Richardson, Human
Resource Manager, srichardson at coastalstudies.org. Deadline for submissions:
September 30, 2017


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