Spring 2021 Marine Mammal Stranding Internship – Dauphin Island Sea Lab – Alabama

Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Dauphin Island, Alabama, USA
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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. This internship is a physically demanding position, as field response and necropsy events often create long days in a variety of weather conditions. This intern will gain useful knowledge, skills, and experience in the fields of marine biology and marine mammalogy. Internship Dates: 3 to 5 months starting February 2021 (3 month minimum; may be extended based on intern performance and availability; start/end dates flexible) Daily duties include: Field stranding response, data collection, data management, participation in necropsy events, sample handling, and equipment/lab maintenance/cleaning. The intern will also have the opportunity to complete an independent research project based on their interests, which will culminate in a presentation at the end of the internship.
Qualification requirements: • be a student or recent graduate (0-2 years) of a biology/marine biology, marine science, oceanography, zoology or related program; • have interest in marine mammal biology, physiology and anatomy; • have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record; • be 18 years or older; • be physically fit, able to lift at least 50 lbs, and a strong swimmer; • have the ability to endure unpleasant field conditions including temperatures between 30°F-100°F, rain, humidity and biting insects; • have knowledge of digital SLR cameras and lenses; • have the ability to work at least 30 hrs/week including one weekend day per week (nights and holidays may be required as necessary with fieldwork). This position is paid. 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@disl.org by Jan. 1st, 2021 to be considered. Preference will be given to applicants who can stay through the entire internship period. Application review will begin immediately. More information about ALMMSN and the Marine Ecosystem Response Laboratory can be found at http://almmsn.disl.org/, https://www.disl.edu/research/marine-mammal-research-program or by contacting ALMMSN at almmsn@disl.org.
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