[MARMAM] Marine Mammal Photo ID Internship job post

James Stewart JStewart at LBAOP.ORG
Tue Feb 19 16:38:21 PST 2019

Aquarium of the Pacific Marine Mammal Photo ID Internship
The purpose of the photo ID intern position is to give candidates experience in the process of collecting sighting photos and data in the field and preparing that material for later research. Photo ID interns will be collecting data on various cetaceans (dolphins, blue whales, humpbacks, fin whales, gray whales, etc.) while on whale watches. Primary responsibilities of the position include but are not limited, to handling photography equipment, participating in whale watches in various weather conditions, uploading photos and data to our database, and processing photos and sighting data for further utilization.
Commitment: 240 hours total, average 15-20 hours per week for 12-15 weeks

Interns will receive training and experience in the following
Learning the methods of wildlife observation and data collection in the field
Using DSLR photography equipment
Taking dorsal and caudal fin photos of animals encountered during daily whale watches
Maintaining detailed data logs of sightings
Create a project to display to Aquarium guests using whale data
Photo processing with Adobe Lightroom and data entry with Microsoft Access

What the Aquarium of the Pacific expects from interns
The drive and ability to learn tasks quickly and well
To perform all of their assigned duties promptly and reliably
To be prompt and on time
To exercise care and judgment when working on a boat
To abide by all Aquarium of the Pacific staff guidelines and policies
The ability to meet the minimum time commitments of the position

Must be 18 years of age or older
Completed and pass a background check

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
Basic knowledge of ecological and biological principles
Some background knowledge of marine mammals
Strong communication skills to transmit information to staff, visitors and whale watch participants in a clear and thorough manner
Ability to manage multiple tasks
Must be able to lift and carry 50 lbs on stairs, boats, docks, etc.
Prior experience with DSLR cameras or photo software is preferred but not required

Must complete general orientation session
Research project completed during internship period (to be determined by student in collaboration with program coordinator)

Go to  http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/volunteer/college_internships/marine_mammal_photo_id_internship to apply

James Stewart
Education Coordinator of Boat Programs
Aquarium of the Pacific

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