Subject: Spring 2020 Marine Mammal Stranding Internship – Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network
February – May 2020 (3-month minimum; start/end dates flexible)
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 NOAA's NMFS and USFWS to respond to dolphin, whale and manatee strandings. The primary goal of ALMMSN is to enhance reporting and response efforts for marine mammal strandings in order to ensure collection of consistent, high-quality data which are used to evaluate causes of strandings and/or death. This internship is a physically demanding position, as field response and necropsy events often occur on long days in a variety of weather conditions. Interns will gain useful skills and experience in the fields of marine biology and marine mammalogy.
Daily duties include: Field stranding response, data collection, data management, participation in necropsy events, sample handling, and equipment/lab maintenance and cleaning. Interns will also have the opportunity to participate in an independent research project based on their interests.
This position is unpaid and interns are 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 encouraged, however no visa assistance can be provided.
Qualification requirements: Student or recent graduate (up to 2 years post-grad) of a biology/marine biology, marine science, oceanography, zoology or related program; interest in marine mammal biology, physiology and anatomy; valid driver’s license and clean driving record; 18 years or older; physically fit, able to lift at least 50 lbs and strong swimmer; ability to endure unpleasant field conditions including temperatures between 30°F-100°F, rain, humidity and biting insects; knowledge of digital SLR cameras and lenses; ability to work at least 30 hrs/week including two weekends per month on call (nights and holidays may be required as necessary with fieldwork).
Interested applicants must send a cover letter, CV and dates of availability to ALMMSN (email@example.com) before January 3rd, 2020 to be considered. Preference will be given to applicants who can stay through the entire internship period. Application review will begin immediately.