Coastal Ecology Internship

Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Dauphin Island, Alabama
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We are seeking 1-2 motivated and enthusiastic interns in Dr. Ron Baker’s lab based at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab ( The positions will be full-time summer internships with possible extensions based on performance. Preferred start date is May 1, 2023 but can be flexible for the right candidate. Salary is $12.50/hr. Intern work will be primarily associated with a RESTORE-funded project which entails a comprehensive monitoring effort of living shorelines in Alabama. Project goals are to assess the efficacy of existing living shorelines, test the utility and cost-effectiveness of different monitoring methods, and provide a set of core parameters that should be consistently monitored at future living shoreline sites. Interns will be involved in sample collection and processing, and will be trained in living shoreline monitoring techniques, including fisheries surveys, mapping surveys, and processing/analyzing remote sensing imagery in GIS applications. There may also be opportunities to learn other ecological sampling and processing techniques, including maintaining acoustic receiver arrays which track fine-scale fish habitat usage, multistressor mesocosm tank experiments, and drop sampling. Field research will be mostly along the Alabama coast with some field days characterized by long days of physically demanding fieldwork and potentially arduous conditions. In addition, interns will be encouraged to attend seminars on current topics in marine science hosted at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and at the University of South Alabama.
Recent graduates (<2 years post-undergraduate science degree) with experience using GIS applications are preferred. These internships are available to U.S. citizens and residents only. Interested applicants should email materials to Dr. Baker ( by April 14th, 2023. Please use the email subject “LS intern” and include: 1) a cover letter with a description of your research interests as they relate to this project, 2) your 2-page CV including contact details for 3 references, and 3) unofficial academic transcripts. Please title all documents using the format “LastName_DocumentName”, for example “Rodriguez_CoverLetter”. Please direct questions regarding eligibility or the application process to DISL is a EOE/AA/M/F/D institution and does not discriminate based on ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status or any other applicable legally protected basis. Dr. Baker is committed to diversity and mentoring people from all backgrounds.
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