[MARMAM] Spring 2021 Marine Mammal Stranding Internship – Dauphin Island Sea Lab
russell.kenzielee at gmail.com
Wed Oct 14 09:08:57 PDT 2020
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 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service and the US Fish and
Wildlife Service to respond to dolphin, whale, and manatee strandings. Our
primary goal is to enhance reporting and response efforts for marine mammal
strandings to ensure collection of consistent, high-quality data that are
used to evaluate causes of strandings and/or death. This internship is a
physically demanding position, as field response and necropsy events often
create long days in a variety of weather conditions. This intern will gain
useful knowledge, skills, and experience in the fields of marine biology
and marine mammalogy.
*Internship Dates:* 3 to 5 months starting February 2021 (3 month minimum;
may be extended based on intern performance and availability; start/end
*Daily duties include*: Field stranding response, data collection, data
management, participation in necropsy events, sample handling, and
equipment/lab maintenance/cleaning. The intern will also have the
opportunity to complete an independent research project based on their
interests, which will culminate in a presentation at the end of the
· be a student or recent graduate (0-2 years) of a biology/marine
biology, marine science, oceanography, zoology or related program;
· have interest in marine mammal biology, physiology and anatomy;
· have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record;
· be 18 years or older;
· be physically fit, able to lift at least 50 lbs, and a strong
· have the ability to endure unpleasant field conditions including
temperatures between 30°F-100°F, rain, humidity and biting insects;
· have knowledge of digital SLR cameras and lenses;
· have the ability to work at least 30 hrs/week including one
weekend day per week (nights and holidays may be required as necessary with
This position is paid. Intern is 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 accepted; however,
no visa assistance can be provided.
Interested applicants must *send a cover letter, CV and dates of
availability* to almmsn at disl.org *by Jan. 1st, 2021* 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/,
https://www.disl.edu/research/marine-mammal-research-program or by
contacting ALMMSN at almmsn at disl.org.
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