[MARMAM] Spring 2022 Marine Mammal Stranding Internship - Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Mackenzie Russell russell.kenzielee at gmail.com
Mon Nov 1 08:43:58 PDT 2021

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. 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 as early as January 2022 (3
month minimum; may be extended based on intern performance and
availability; start/end dates flexible)

*Daily duties include*: Field stranding response, data collection, data
management, participation in necropsy events, sample handling, and
equipment/lab maintenance/cleaning. Interns will also have the opportunity
to complete an independent research project based on relevant interests,
culminating in a presentation.

*Qualification requirements*:

   - be a student or recent graduate (within 0-2 years) of a biology/marine
   biology, marine science, oceanography, zoology, or related program
   (non-traditional students encouraged to apply);
   - 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 and a confident swimmer;
   - be able to lift at least 50 lbs and drag at least 100 lbs;
   - have the ability to endure unpleasant field conditions including
   temperatures between 30°F-100°F, rain, humidity and biting insects;
   - have the ability to work at least 30 hrs/week (no more than 35)
   including one weekend day per week (nights and holidays may be required as
   necessary with fieldwork);
   - show proof of fully vaccinated status against COVID-19 before start
   - having knowledge of digital SLR cameras and lenses is a plus.

This position is paid ($10-12 per hour). Intern is responsible for
providing their own housing and transport to DISL. Assistance finding
housing can be provided. Applicant must be eligible to legally work in the
U.S. for the duration of the internship period; no visa assistance can be
provided. Interested applicants must *send a cover letter, CV, and dates of
availability* to almmsn at disl.org *by November 15th, 2021* to be considered.
Resources for the construction of such documents are available online and
at most institutions’ Career Services departments, such as
Preference will be given to applicants who can stay through the entire
internship period. Application review will begin immediately.

DISL is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from a
diverse pool of prospective interns without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression,
national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic or
any other identity information. DISL and ALMMSN recognize that a diversity
of perspectives, lived experiences, ideas, and passions allows us to better
meet our goal of ocean-literate communities in Alabama and that equity,
diversity, and inclusion are fundamental to achieving our mission. It is
the intent of the ALMMSN to be fair and impartial in all of its relations
and to recognize and respect the individual.

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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