[MARMAM] CZS's Sarasota Dolphin Research Program Winter Internship Application Deadline Oct 15th

Christina Toms ctoms at mote.org
Fri Sep 30 12:49:57 PDT 2022


The Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program
(CZS-SDRP) is accepting applications for our Winter 2023 Internship
Program. The application deadline is *Oct. 15th* and positions are limited.



The CZS-SDRP is based at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida, with
the primary goal of contributing to a better understanding of the structure
and dynamics of populations of small cetaceans, as well as the natural and
human-induced factors that impact them. The SDRP uses an interdisciplinary
and collaborative approach in conducting studies of bottlenose dolphins
within Sarasota Bay, Tampa Bay, Charlotte Harbor, Naples/Marco Island, and
the Gulf of Mexico coastal waters. Interns will be provided a *$3,000
stipend to help offset the cost of travel, housing and personal/incidental
expenses associated with relocating for the term of the internship*.
Interns will receive no remuneration for any duties or assignments they may
perform during the internship. The SDRP selects volunteer interns through
the Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) internship program & process.



Successful candidates will participate in the following research projects:



*Dolphin population monitoring project (year ’round)*

This study monitors the resident bottlenose dolphin community in Sarasota
Bay and vicinity. Field duties include assisting with boat-based
Photographic Identification Surveys for dolphin groups one-to-two weeks per
month. Behavioral, location, individual, and environmental data are
recorded for each dolphin group, and additional data related to
human-dolphin interactions are also collected in conjunction with this
project. While in the lab (at least two weeks per month), work will
generally involve photo-identification of dolphins, computer data entry and
verification, logging of videos into database and archives, dolphin dorsal
fin identification catalog updates, boat and field equipment maintenance,
and other duties.



*Dolphin prey and habitat use project (January-March and June-September
only)*

This study uses the Sarasota dolphin community and fish populations to
study relationships between distributions of dolphins and their prey, and
the factors that affect fish community ecology, such as red tide. While in
the field, work will involve sampling fish communities through purse
seining techniques and collection of other environmental data. Interns
typically participate in this project two-to-three days per month.



*Other projects (to be designated)*

Interns may participate in other research projects, depending on
availability and timing of grant funding. Interns may also be asked to
assist with dolphin rescues.



For a greater understanding of the types of research the SDRP undertakes,
please read “Uncovering the Secret Lives of Dolphins”:
https://sarasotadolphin.org/secret-lives/ .



*Participation and Projects*

All internships must be a minimum of 10 weeks of participation, but ideally
will run for 12-16 weeks. Please note that we typically only seek two to
four interns for each session and that we receive many more applications
than we have openings for — the selection process is very competitive.
Interns should expect to spend about 20% of their time in the field, and
about 80% of their time in the lab working with data or performing
equipment maintenance. There is no financial compensation for these
internship positions, and successful applicants will be responsible for
their own living and transportation expenses. However, a $3,000 stipend is
available to help offset the cost of travel, housing, and
personal/incidental expenses associated with relocating for the term of the
internship. Shared housing opportunities near Mote Marine Laboratory may be
available.



*Please note that CZS requires all interns to be fully COVID-vaccinated and
boosted.*



*Qualifications*

·       Minimum of 18 years of age and engaged in, or recently completed,
undergraduate or graduate studies;

·       A background or degree in marine biology, biology, ecology,
zoology, wildlife, fisheries, or a related field;

·       Basic computer proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (especially
Excel and Access);

·       Excellent verbal communication skills, fluent in English;

·       Must be physically fit and able to swim;

·       Must be able to work effectively as part of a team;

·       Some prior field research experience preferred but not required;

·       Enthusiasm and desire to learn a variety of field and lab-based
research methods;

·       A willingness to spend a minimum of 10-12 weeks working full time
as a volunteer with our program.



*Application Process*

·       Fill out an application form on the Chicago Zoological Society’s
internship website: https://www.czs.org/SDRPinternships.

·       Complete and provide to CZS all required application materials
including: a statement of interest, resume or CV, two letters of
recommendation, and a current college transcript. Materials should be
submitted via links within the “Application Steps” section of this page:
https://www.czs.org/internappdetails. *Important to note*: *Incomplete
applications will not be considered.*

·       Send an email to SDRP Intern Coordinator Dr. Katie McHugh,
kmchugh at mote.org, stating your name, contact information, exact dates and
duration of availability, how you learned about the internship opportunity
(e.g. Mote, SDRP, Chicago Zoological Society, MARMAM, etc.), and that you
have provided all application materials to CZS as detailed above.

·       All applications completed by the deadline will be reviewed.
Applicants may contact Dr. Katie McHugh at kmchugh at mote.org with questions.



*Internship applicants applying because of an interest in engaging in
graduate studies with the SDRP should discuss their interests with Program
Director Dr. Randall Wells upon acceptance into the Internship program.
Please note that there is no assurance that participation as an intern with
the SDRP will lead to graduate research program opportunities.*
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