[MARMAM] Mote Marine Laboratory, Manatee Research Program Internship

Christina Nau cnau at mote.org
Tue Jun 22 13:48:51 PDT 2021

Mote Marine Laboratory

Manatee Research Program Internships

Program Description

The Manatee Research Program studies several aspects of the biology of manatees inhabiting the waters of southwestern Florida, including population dynamics, population genetics, habitat use, distributional patterns and social behavior. Field data and samples are collected using photo-identification, aerial surveys, and non-invasive genetic sampling. From spring through early fall, photo-identification, genetic, and behavioral sampling are conducted primarily in Sarasota and Manatee counties.  During the winter, field work is conducted primarily in Charlotte Harbor and the Ft. Myers area.  Aerial surveys are conducted twice per month (during the non-winter) in Sarasota County to assess relative abundance and distribution of manatees in those waters.  The long-term database of the program contributes to management and conservation measurements for Florida manatees. Additionally, the program collaborates with manatee researchers throughout the state of Florida and the Caribbean.  For more information about, please visit: https://mote.org/research/program/manatee-research.


Internship Description

Internships are available during all four seasons and must be a MINIMUM of 12 weeks.  Hours are typically Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, although some longer days may be required for field work (especially during the winter season).

Interns should expect to spend about 20% of their time in the field and about 80% of their time in the office/lab.  Field work duties include assisting with data collection, boat handling, and equipment use and maintenance.  Field work requires spending long hours in the field, sometimes in uncomfortable weather conditions.  Office/Lab duties include data entry, processing, matching images to known animals, equipment maintenance, and miscellaneous tasks and errands.

There is no financial compensation for these internship positions, and successful applicants will be responsible for their own living and transportation expenses. Shared housing opportunities near Mote Marine Laboratory may be available. A few scholarships may be available from Mote Marine Laboratory through a competitive application process (US citizens only).

Required Qualifications

Minimum of 18 years of age and engaged in or recently completed undergraduate studies
A background or degree in Biology, Marine Biology, Ecology, Zoology, or a related field is preferred
Basic computer proficiency in Microsoft Office (especially Excel and Access); previous experience using ArcMap GIS is a plus but not required
Excellent communication skills; fluent in English
Must be physically able to stand for long periods of time and lift heavy objects
Knowledge of photography/SLR camera use and/or drawing skills are a plus
Desire and willingness to acquire knowledge and skills related to marine mammal field work and capable of working well as a team
To apply for a Manatee Research Program internship:

Fill out an application form at Mote Marine Laboratory’s website (https://mote.org/research/internships/college-internship-program-overview) and be sure to select “Manatee Research Program” as your first choice
Complete and provide to Mote’s intern office all other application materials including: a statement of interest, current college transcript, letter of recommendation, and curriculum vitae (incomplete applications will not be considered)
Applicants may contact the Manatee Research Program’s intern coordinator, Christina Nau, (cnau at mote.org) with questions regarding the internship.

Christina Nau
Manatee Research Program
Mote Marine Laboratory
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota FL 34236
Phone: (941) 388-4441 ext. 471
cnau at mote.org
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