[MARMAM] IMMS Bottlenose Dolphin Photo-ID Program Fall Internship

John Baker jbaker at imms.org
Wed Jul 20 08:17:02 PDT 2022

Dear Marman Members,

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies is currently conducting interviews for our Research Internship Program this Fall. Below is a description of the position. Please pass along this information. Thank you for your help.

Best Regards,

John Baker, Ph.D.
Research Program Director
Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

Bottlenose Dolphin Photo-ID Program Fall Internship
Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS)
Gulfport, Mississippi

Job Description
IMMS' Research Internship Program is designed to provide exceptional research and learning experiences in a real-world setting to early career scientists in the fields of marine biology and ecology, marine mammal population ecology and behavior, veterinary sciences and conservation. In this position, interns will primarily assist the institute's Bottlenose Dolphin Photo-ID Program in collecting and processing photographs of bottlenose dolphins in the Mississippi Sound. Other research efforts may include conducting literature reviews, collecting and managing fisheries, habitat and environmental data, and investigating ecological factors and relationships. Interns will also gain diverse experience working in other program areas including marine mammal and sea turtle stranding response, sea turtle surveys, veterinary research, aquaria maintenance and animal care (bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, rays, starfish, birds, reptiles, etc.), and marine education and conservation.
As part of a research team, primary duties include:
Conduct boat-based bottlenose dolphin photo-ID surveys up to 7 days per month in estuarine and nearshore marine Gulf Coast waters. Dolphin surveys generally take at least 7 hours and often occur in challenging weather and coastal conditions.
Photograph dolphins and collect survey data during boat-based field surveys
Sort and process photographs of bottlenose dolphins
Collect photograph-based data and enter it into Microsoft Excel
Match dolphin photographs to our catalog of known individuals using finFindR
Enter collected bottlenose dolphin and environmental data in FinBase/Microsoft Access
Assist in diverse research efforts related to bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, and estuarine and near-shore marine ecology
Manage spatial data in ArcGIS

When needs arrive, assist other program areas including stranding response, sea turtle surveys, veterinary research, animal care and marine education.

Internship Research Projects and Presentations
As part of the research internship, interns will be assigned an independent research project. Research projects are designed to help expand the science of dolphins and sea turtles, contribute to IMMS' Research Program, and provide interns with real-world research experience. Assigned research project topics will vary depending on the current needs of IMMS' Research Department. Interns will be given time at work to work on their research projects. Interns are also expected to conduct at least 3 hours per week of research outside of work. Interns will present the findings or their research with a 15 to 20-minute PowerPoint presentation in the last week of their internship.

Internship Requirements
Applicants must be 18 years or older. Applicants should be actively pursuing a college degree or be a recent graduate in marine science, marine biology, marine and estuarine ecology, oceanography or a related field. Previous research experience is a plus. Applicants must be able and willing to fulfill all of the duties described in this internship position.
Internship positions are 40 hours per week (generally Mon-Fri/8 am-4 pm depending on current projects and needs) and a minimum of 12 weeks in length. As needs arrive, responding to strandings, for instance, interns may need to shift their schedules and work on weekends.
Additional Information
Research internships are unpaid positions. IMMS provides a $30 reimbursement per week for groceries. Interns are responsible for their own housing and transportation. Once accepted, IMMS staff will assist interns in finding rooms available to rent.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. For application and full details on how to apply please visit our website at http://imms.org/internship/. Please send any Research Internship questions or correspondence to researchintern at imms.org<mailto:researchintern at imms.org>. Please check the FAQs, as they might answer questions you may have.
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