The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies’ Dolphin Ecology Research Program is currently looking for interns to help advance research efforts and the conservation of bottlenose dolphins in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. IMMS’ Research Internship Program is designed to provide exceptional research and learning experiences to early career scientists in the fields of marine biology and ecology, marine mammal population ecology and behavior, veterinary sciences and conservation. In this position, interns will primarily assist the institute’s Bottlenose Dolphin Photo-ID Program in collecting and processing photographs of bottlenose dolphins in the Mississippi Sound. Other research efforts may include conducting literature reviews, collecting and managing fisheries, habitat and environmental data, and investigating ecological factors and relationships. Interns will also gain diverse experience working in other program areas including marine mammal and sea turtle stranding response, sea turtle surveys, veterinary research, aquaria maintenance and animal care (bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, rays, starfish, birds, reptiles, etc.), and marine education and conservation.
As part of a research team, primary duties include:
- Conduct boat-based bottlenose dolphin photo-ID surveys in estuarine and nearshore marine Gulf Coast waters. Dolphin surveys generally take at least 8 hours and often occur in challenging weather and coastal conditions.
Process and manage collected photographs in image analysis programs such as Darwin
Enter and manage collected bottlenose dolphin and environmental data in - - - FinBase/Microsoft Access
Assist in diverse research efforts related to bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles and marine ecology
Manage spatial data in ArcGIS
IMMS is looking for detail-oriented, hard-working early career scientists that are actively pursuing a college degree or are a recent graduate in marine science, marine biology, marine and estuarine ecology, oceanography or a related field. Previous research experience is a plus.
Internship positions are 40 hours per week (Mon-Fri) and a minimum of 12 weeks in length. As needs arrive, responding to strandings, for instance, interns may need to shift their schedules and work on weekends.
Research internships are unpaid positions. Interns are responsible for their own housing and transportation. Once accepted, IMMS staff will assist interns in finding rooms available to rent, usually with other staff members.
We are currently looking for interns for the winter session (1/7/2022-3/29/2022) and spring session (3/4/2022-5/24/2022). Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. For application and full details on how to apply please visit our website at http://imms.org/internship/.