[MARMAM] Mote Marine Laboratory, Manatee Research Program Internship

Christina Nau cnau at mote.org
Wed Aug 22 10:56:13 PDT 2018

*Mote Marine Laboratory*

*Manatee Research Program Internships*


*Program Description*

The Manatee Research Program studiesseveral aspects of the biology of 
manatees inhabiting the waters of southwestern Florida, including 
population dynamics, population genetics, habitat use, distributional 
patterns and social behavior. Winter field data and samples are 
collected using photo-identification and non-invasive genetic sampling 
with some habitat sampling. Field work during the winter season is 
conducted primarily in Charlotte Harbor and the Ft. Myers area and is 
both land and boat based. The long-term database of the program 
contributes to management and conservation measurements for Florida 
manatees. Additionally, the program collaborates with manatee 
researchers throughout the state of Florida and the Caribbean.For more 
information about, please visit: 



*Internship Description*

Internships are available during all four seasons and must be a MINIMUM 
of 12 weeks.Hours are typically Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, although some 
longer days may be required for field work (especially during the winter 

Interns should expect to spend about 20% of their time in the field and 
about 80% of their time in the office/lab.Field work duties include 
assisting with data collection (which consists of photographing 
manatees, as well as recording behavioral observations and environmental 
conditions), boat handling, and equipment use and maintenance. Field 
work requires spending long hours in the field, sometimes in 
uncomfortable weather conditions. Office/Lab duties include data entry 
and database maintenance, image downloading and processing, matching 
images to known animals, creating representative sketches from images 
for searching, equipment maintenance, as well as miscellaneous tasks and 

There is no financial compensation for these internship positions, and 
successful applicants will be responsible for their own living and 
transportation expenses. Shared housing opportunities near Mote Marine 
Laboratory may be available. A few scholarships may be available from 
Mote Marine Laboratory through a competitive application process (US 
citizens only).

*Required Qualifications*

  * Minimum of 18 years of age and engaged in or recently completed
    undergraduate studies
  * A background or degree in Biology, Marine Biology, Ecology, Zoology,
    or a related field is preferred
  * Basic computer proficiency in Microsoft Office (especially Excel and
    Access); previous experience using ArcMap GIS is a plus but not required
  * Excellent communication skills; fluent in English
  * Must be physically able to stand for long periods of time and lift
    heavy objects
  * Knowledge of photography/SLR camera use and/or drawing skills are a plus
  * Desire and willingness to acquire knowledge and skills related to
    marine mammal field work and capable of working well as a team


*To apply for a Manatee Research Program internship:*

  * Fill out an application form at Mote Marine Laboratory’s website
    and be sure to select “Manatee Research Program” as your first choice
  * Complete and provide to Mote’s intern office all other application
    materials including: a statement of interest, current college
    transcript, letter of recommendation, and /curriculum vitae
    /(incomplete applications will not be considered)

Applicants may contact the Manatee Research Program’s intern 
coordinator, Christina Nau, (cnau at mote.org <mailto:cnau at mote.org>) with 
questions regarding the internship.

Christina Nau
Manatee Research Program
Mote Marine Laboratory
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota FL 34236
Phone: (941) 388-4441 ext. 471
cnau at mote.org
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