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

Stephanie Richardson srichardson at coastalstudies.org
Thu Sep 5 11:43:03 PDT 2019

Right Whale Ecology Program - Observer Internship

Center for Coastal Studies (CCS), Provincetown MA USA

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 2
January – 31 May 2019. 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 be the primary vessel observer for the project and will
participate in research cruises up to four days a week. Fieldwork
responsibilities include photographing critically endangered North Atlantic
right whales, collecting behavioral and environmental data, recording other
sightings events (species, vessels and fishing gear), and working with a
habitat research team both in the field and office. Office responsibilities
include photo-analysis (downloading images, inputting sightings
information, matching individuals to known animals using an online and
in-house catalog, cataloging), database entry and maintenance, assisting
the aerial team and maintaining vessel field equipment.

Minimum Requirements:

·       A college degree, preferably in biological/ environmental sciences

·       Previous marine mammal survey experience, including experience in
photo-identification of large cetaceans

·       Experience with digital SLR cameras, lenses, and filters

·       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:

·       Experience using iMatch image database software

·       Experience using GPS equipment

·       Ability to estimate object ranges from a vessel

·       Not prone to seasickness

·       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 collect data independently in
the field, thus responsible, detail-oriented applicants are encouraged to
apply. Applicants must be available for the full field season 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.
applicants must secure their own visas or other required documentation.

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 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 photo-identification, matching, and
data entry and analysis. Experience in oceanographic sampling can also be
gained. Details of our work can be found on our website:

How to Apply:

The application package should include the following attachment(s):

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 email application materials to Stephanie Richardson,
srichardson at coastalstudies.org  with the following text in the subject
line: 2019 RW Observer Internship.

*Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2019.*

Stephanie Richardson
Human Resource Manager
Center for Coastal Studies
5 Holway Avenue
Provincetown, MA 02657
t. (508) 487-3622 Ext. 113
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