[MARMAM] Dauphin Island Sea Lab Marine Mammal Research Program Spring Internship

Mackenzie Russell russell.kenzielee at gmail.com
Tue Dec 17 06:42:51 PST 2019

Spring 2020 Marine Mammal Research Program Internship Positions available

February – May 2020 (3 month minimum; start/end dates 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/lab maintenance and cleaning. Interns will also have the
opportunity to participate in an independent research project based on
their interests.

Qualification requirements: Student or recent graduate (up to 2 years
post-grad) 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 two
weekends per month on call (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 (almmsn at disl.org) before
January 3rd , 2020 to be considered. Preference will be given to applicants
who can stay through the entire internship period. Application review will
begin immediately. 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 ALMMSN at
almmsn at disl.org.

Thank you,
DISL Marine Mammal Research Program
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