[MARMAM] Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network Spring 2024 Internship

Mackenzie Russell russell.kenzielee at gmail.com
Fri Nov 3 12:09:53 PDT 2023


Dear MarMam Users,

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 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, and marine mammal
stranding response.

*Internship Dates:* 3 months (option to extend depending on funds and
performance); flexible start January 2024

*Daily Duties Include:* Field stranding response, data collection, data
management, participation in necropsy events, sample handling, report
writing, and equipment/lab maintenance/cleaning. Intern will also have the
opportunity to complete an independent research project based on relevant
interests, culminating in a presentation.

*Qualifications*:

-- 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 digital SLR cameras and lenses is a plus.

This internship is a paid position ($10-$12/hour) 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 welcome to apply,
however, we are unable to sponsor or take over the sponsorship of an
employment VISA. All applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S.
Interested applicants must send a cover letter, CV, and dates of
availability to almmsn at disl.org by *17 November 2023* 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 DISL Marine Mammal Research Program can be found at
https://www.disl.edu/research/marine-mammal-research-program or by
contacting ALMMSN at almmsn at disl.org.
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