[MARMAM] FWC Southwest Field Lab Marine Mammal Internship

Schubert, Molly Molly.Schubert at MyFWC.com
Sat Oct 22 10:59:33 PDT 2022

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Marine Mammals section at the Charlotte Harbor Field Lab in Port Charlotte, FL is accepting applications for an intern to start in January 2023.

The Southwest Field Lab is offering two internships to driven, self-motivated individuals for the Winter 2023 season. The expected start date for the internship is the beginning of January, however, start dates will be flexible. Working hours are typically four to five days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some additional night and weekend hours may be required. The position is located in Port Charlotte on the west coast of Florida, just north of Fort Myers. The intern's duties would include assisting with manatee and cetacean carcass salvage, necropsies, research projects (temperature monitoring, Photo ID, etc.), public outreach, and occasional rescues. The intern will also assist with office duties including mortality reports, upkeep of databases, and other office work as needed. To perform the tasks mentioned, interns will operate FWC trucks and dependent upon experience, trailers and boats up to 22' in length. At the end of the internship, interns are required to complete a project and a 10-15 minute presentation on a marine mammal topic of their choosing.

*             College juniors, seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students are eligible
*             Interns must have some research field experience
*             Interns must be comfortable operating large trucks and speaking to the public
*             Familiarity with digital cameras, telephoto lenses, and filters is preferred, but can be trained
*             Computer literacy
*             Previous animal handling experience is desirable but not necessary
*             Ability to trailer and operate watercrafts up to 22' in length and experience with radio telemetry tracking gear is desirable, but not necessary
*             Interns must be able to lift 50 lbs., swim, and possess a valid US driver's license
*             Interns should understand that this job will require them to be wet, dirty and outdoors in all weather conditions for long periods of time

Application Process:
If you are interested in applying for an internship with FWRI, please provide the following information:

*             A cover letter describing area(s) of interest and the dates, days, and hours of availability
*             A resume describing training and experience
*             Names and contact information for at least three references
*             An unofficial copy of your academic transcript

Please send these items as e-mail attachments to:
Interns at MyFWC.com
If electronic submission is not possible, hard copies can be mailed to:

Internship Coordinator
585 Prineville Street
Port Charlotte, FL 33954

Molly R. Schubert
Marine Mammal Biologist
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Southwest Field Lab
585 Prineville St
Port Charlotte, FL 33954
Office: (941) 249-6559
Molly.Schubert at myFWC.com
Manatee Hotline: 1-888-404-3922

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