[MARMAM] Research Internship at Dolphin Research Center

Christina McMullen christina.McMullen at dolphins.org
Tue Oct 29 06:07:49 PDT 2019

Dolphin Research Center - Research Internship

Dolphin Research Center (DRC) is currently accepting applications for
Research Interns for the Winter 2020 term (Jan-May). DRC is a
not-for-profit education and research facility, providing sanctuary and a
forever home to a family of dolphins and sea lions.  DRC is located on
Grassy Key, in the heart of the Florida Keys.

Internships at DRC are an exciting way to develop career skills as well as
an opportunity to see how a marine mammal facility operates. Research
interns participate in DRC's ongoing behavioral, cognitive, and field
research projects, giving them broad exposure to a variety of research
methodologies. Interns receive extensive on-the-job training in observing
marine mammal behavior, collecting observational data, working with
research equipment, and assisting with experimental research sessions.  Note:
conducting your own research projects is not part of this position.

Specific job duties include:

·         Collecting observational behavioral data

·         Preparing stimuli for cognitive research sessions

·         Assisting in setting up and breaking down equipment for cognitive
and acoustic research sessions

·         Operating video equipment

·         Entering or scanning data into the computer for analysis

·         General support of the facility through participation in the
volunteer resource pool (facility maintenance, bird care, assisting with
public programs, guest interactions, etc.)

Internships require a minimum of a 16-week commitment, 40 hours per week.
The internship is unpaid, and interns are responsible for providing their
own housing. DRC will provide assistance in locating housing and/or
matching up interns and volunteers desiring roommates. Successful
candidates will be ready and willing to learn, self-motivated, and
flexible. Prior research experience is recommended but not required.

The deadline to apply is November 15th, 2019.  To apply, you must complete
the application available at www.dolphins.org.  Click "Careers", and then
"Internships”. It is mandatory that you please provide the following

- A completed Application Form (including your Internship Preferences in
order of choice)

- A current Resume

- Transcript (may be unofficial unless you are seeking a credit for your

- Two Letters of Recommendation with an original signature.  (If currently
enrolled in college, one letter must be from your Faculty Advisor)

Application may be submitted online or in physical form. Please send your
application, supporting documentation and any additional information you
wish that you feel would be beneficial to us in processing your application
by email to drc-vr at dolphins.org, by fax to the attention of Volunteer
Resource at (305) 743-7627, or by regular mail:

Dolphin Research Center

Attn: Volunteer Resources Department

58901 Overseas Highway

Grassy Key, FL 33050


Select publications:

Jaakkola, K., Guarino, E., Donegan, K., & King, S.L. (2018). Bottlenose
dolphins can

understand their partner’s role in a cooperative task. Proceedings of the
Royal Society of

London B: Biological Sciences, 20180948. (

King, S.L., Guarino, E., Keaton, L., Erb, L., & Jaakkola, K. (2016).
Maternal signature whistle use aids mother-calf reunions in a bottlenose
dolphin,Tursiops truncatus. Behavioural Processes, 126, 64-70.

King, S. L., Guarino, E., Donegan, K., Hecksher, J., & Jaakkola, K (in
press). Further insights into postpatrum signature whistle use in
bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Marine Mammal Science.

Jaakkola, K. (2014). Do animals understand invisible displacement? A
critical review. Journal of Comparative Psychology, Vol. 128, No. 3,

Jaakkola, K., Guarino, E., Rodriguez, M., & Hecksher, J. (2013). Switching
strategies: A dolphin's use of passive and active acoustics to imitate
motor actions. Animal Cognition, 16, 701-709.

Jaakkola, K. (2012). Cetacean cognitive specializations. In J. Vonk & T.
Shackleford (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Evolutionary
Psychology (pp. 144–165). New York: Oxford University Press.

Jaakkola, K., Guarino, E., & Rodriguez, M. (2010).  Blindfolded imitation
in a bottlenose dolphin   (Tursiops truncatus).  International Journal of
Comparative Psychology, 23, 671-688.

Jaakkola, K., Guarino, E., Rodriguez, M., Erb, L., & Trone, M. (2010). What
do dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) understand about hidden objects?  Animal
Cognition, 13, 103-120.
Jaakkola, K., Fellner, W., Erb, L., Rodriguez, A. M., & Guarino, E.
(2005).  Understanding the concept of numerically “less” by bottlenose
dolphins (Tursiops truncatus).  Journal of Comparative Psychology.
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