[MARMAM] IMMS Bottlenose Dolphin Photo-ID Program Fall/Winter Intership

Kailey Pamperin kailey.pamperin at gmail.com
Thu Oct 6 13:53:00 PDT 2022

Kailey Pamperin (Kailey.pamperin at gmail.com)

Research Program

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 about 6 hours and sometimes 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

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 of their
research with a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation in the last week of their

*Internship Requirements *

Applicants must be 18 years or older. Applicants should be actively
pursuing a college degree or be a recent graduate in biology, 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

Internship positions are 40 hours per week (generally Mon-Fri/8 am-4 pm). As
needs arrive, responding to stranded dolphins and sea turtles, for
instance, interns may need to shift their schedules to assist our Stranding
Department in these efforts. Internship start and end dates for this Fall
are flexible. We do require a minimum of a 12-week commitment for this
internship position.

*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.

To apply, please send a resume (with 3 references), a copy of your college
transcripts, and a one-page statement of interest to jbaker at imms.org. For
information about the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, please visit our
website https://imms.org/.
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