[MARMAM] Research Intern Spring 2023- Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network

Mackenzie Russell russell.kenzielee at gmail.com
Thu Sep 29 12:05:41 PDT 2022

Marine Mammal Surveillance Research Project Internship Position 2023

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 a short-term marine mammal stranding
surveillance research project and marine mammal stranding response in
coastal Alabama waters. 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. The DISL’s mission is
to become a center for transformative U.S. oceanic and coastal research and
education. This intern will gain useful knowledge, skills, and experience
in the fields of marine biology, marine mammalogy, unoccupied aerial
systems (UAS), and marine mammal stranding response.

*Internship Dates:* Min. 5 months (option to extend depending on funds and
performance); start early January 2023

*Description:* This intern will work closely with an ALMMSN Stranding
Technician on a research project using decoy stranded dolphins to better
understand the success of marine mammal stranding surveillance in Alabama,
including the use of kayaks, boats, utility vehicles, and UASs. The intern
will also assist in field stranding response and participate in necropsy
events as available. Daily duties will include project deployment, field
surveys, data collection, data management, UAS maintenance and data
analysis, field stranding response, participation in necropsy events,
sample handling, and equipment/lab maintenance/cleaning.


--Student or recent graduate (0-2 years) of a biology/marine biology,
marine science, oceanography, zoology or related program;

--Interest in marine mammal biology, physiology and anatomy;

--Interest in research;

--Valid driver’s license and clean driving record;

--18 years or older;

--Physically fit, able to lift at least 50 lbs, drag at least 100 lbs, and
a strong swimmer;

--Ability to endure unpleasant field conditions including temperatures
between 30°F-100°F, rain, humidity and biting insects;

--Ability to work 35 hours per week, including weekends, nights and
holidays as needed);

--Experience with scientific writing is a plus;

--Knowledge of UASs and digital SLR cameras and lenses is a plus.

This internship is a paid position expected to work 35 hrs/week (including
nights and holidays as necessary for fieldwork). This is a physically
demanding position that may involve long days in a variety of weather
conditions. Intern is responsible for providing their own housing and
transport to DISL. Assistance finding housing can be provided. Applicant
must be eligible to legally reside in the U.S. for the duration of the
internship period. International applicants are accepted; however, no visa
assistance can be provided. Interested applicants must send a cover letter,
CV, and dates of availability to almmsn at disl.org by *15 October 2022* to be
considered. Resources for the construction of such documents are available
online and at most institutions’ Career Services departments, such as
https://www.southalabama.edu/departments/careerservices/job.html and
https://pathwaystoscience.org/Grad.aspx.  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
https://almmsn.disl.org <http://almmsn.disl.org/>,
https://www.disl.edu/research/marine-mammal-research-program or by
contacting ALMMSN at almmsn at disl.org.

Mackenzie Russell, M.S.

Stranding Coordinator

Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network

Dauphin Island Sea Lab
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