Wednesday, September 11, 2019

VOLUNTEER: Chesapeake DolphinWatch seeks part-time volunteer in Maryland, USA

We are currently searching for a Volunteer Research Assistant to assist with a citizen scientist project called Chesapeake DolphinWatch (www.umces.edu/dolphinwatch) at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL) in Solomons, Maryland, U.S.A. This position is for approximately 20 hours per week for 3 months with the possibility of extension. Duties will include dolphin data verification, data analysis, managing app software, hydrophone retrievals and deployments, and interacting with citizen scientists via email and social media. The project involves the use of C-POD click detectors therefore experience with these devices, or similar types, will be preferable. Applicants should be familiar with Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience with working with citizen scientists, marine mammals, and sound analysis is desirable. The ability to format and analyze data in Excel or the R software package and perform GIS mapping is also preferable. For more details, please contact the project coordinator, Jamie Testa (jctesta@umces.edu). Minimum requirement is a B.S. degree with at least 3 months research experience. This volunteer position is unpaid. Anticipated start date is 20 September 2019. Applications should include a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of three references (including email and phone) to be received by 7 September 2019 by email to dolphinwatchcb@umces.edu with CDW-VOL in the subject line.
Jamie C. Testa
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Monday, September 09, 2019


BACKGROUND: The Marine Environment Research Association - AIMM, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization focused on the research and conservation of marine species, running an ongoing study of cetaceans in southern Portugal (Algarve). This project aims to obtain baseline information on species occurrence, behavior, and social structure of the local cetacean populations in order to obtain scientific data to support conservation measures and inform marine management policies.
The main species observed are Short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus delphis), Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), and Harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena), although other species such as Minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) and Fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) can also be sighted.
AIMM Interns are young, hard-working individuals who are willing to contribute to the association and support on-going activities, while experiencing fieldwork at sea, learning data collection and processing methodologies, and being a part of AIMM's team of researchers and marine biologists for a period of time. All team members and participants share accommodation, house tasks, knowledge and experience in an environmental friendly and multicultural environment. 
Interns have the additional option to enrich their time with AIMM by beginning or improving their SCUBA skills with a PADI-certified instructor. 

WHERE: Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

WHEN: The field season lasts from 1st of May to 31st October 2019. The minimum internship attendance is 7 days, preferably starting on a Monday. 

FIELDWORK: The field trips are conducted in AIMM's research vessel, Ketos, or in opportunistic platforms (commercial dolphin-watching boats). Fieldwork is dependent on weather conditions and seat availability in

Thursday, September 05, 2019

INTERNS: Mote Marine Laboratory, Manatee Research Program Internships

Program Description
The Manatee Research Program studies several aspects of the biology of manatees inhabiting the waters of southwestern Florida, including population dynamics, population genetics, habitat use, distributional patterns and social behavior. Field data and samples are collected using photo-identification, aerial surveys, and non-invasive genetic sampling. From spring through early fall, photo-identification, genetic, and behavioral sampling are conducted primarily in Sarasota and Manatee counties.  During the winter, field work is conducted primarily in Charlotte Harbor and the Ft. Myers area.  Aerial surveys are conducted twice per month (during the non-winter) in Sarasota County to assess relative abundance and distribution of manatees in those waters.  The long-term database of the program contributes to management and conservation measurements for Florida manatees. Additionally, the program collaborates with manatee researchers throughout the state of Florida and the Caribbean.  For more information about, please visit: https://mote.org/research/program/manatee-research.


Internship Description
Internships are available during all four seasons and must be a MINIMUM of 12 weeks.  Hours are

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

JOBS: Section 7 Information Consultation Services - Offsite telework

Saltwater Inc is seeking a Section 7 Information Consultant to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Southeast Regional Office (SERO), Protected Resources Division (PRD).                   

The NMFS SERO is responsible for the management, conservation, and protection of living marine, estuarine, and anadromous species and their habitats found in the eight coastal states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, as well as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. SERO PRD administers the Region's responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). There are 32 ESA-listed species in the

Sunday, September 01, 2019

INTERNS: Winter Internship - Virginia Aquarium's Stranding Response Program

The Virginia Aquarium's Research & Conservation Division is now accepting Stranding Response Intern applications for Winter 2020. The application deadline is October 13, 2019. Internship duration is January 7, 2020 – May 29, 2020. Please note that all positions are non-compensatory and housing is not provided by the Virginia Aquarium. Interns are fully responsible for fulfilling all requirements of their home institutions to receive academic credit.
Position Overview
Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program (VAQS) interns promote the conservation of marine animal species through research, rescue, rehabilitation, and education. Once accepted, interns will be assigned to a focus area of either necropsy or rehabilitation. Interns will be cross-trained in all aspects of stranding response, however, daily tasks will be assigned to interns according to focus area. Stranding work is unpredictable, therefore experiences will vary by internship session. VAQS staff will provide as many learning opportunities as possible during each session.
  • Respond to live and dead marine mammals and sea turtles in the field.
  • Participate in all aspects of post-mortem examinations: cutting and sampling, data collection, photographing, carcass removal, and cleaning.
  • Perform daily husbandry tasks, including food preparation, feeding, and cleaning the rehab area, kitchen and associated supplies.
  • Assist staff with new admits and daily treatments of patients. Restrain animals for exams, collect vitals (heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature) and morphometrics, take photographs,

Saturday, August 31, 2019

VOLUNTEERS: Volunteer positions available in Cape Town - Sep-Nov 2019 - Sea Search

Sea Search Research & Conservation is a research focused NPO based in Cape Town, South Africa.    Which also run the Namibian Dolphin Project based in Walvis Bay, Namibia

We currently have openings for 2 long-term volunteers for the period 01 Sep to 30 Nov 2019 to assist with data processing, outreach activities and ad hoc field work focusing on humpback whales and humpback dolphins.

As an integral part of a small team working with the project directors and post graduate students - this is a great way to get a wide range of research experience. Volunteers will be directly involved in all day to day activities including data input, photo ID and/or acoustic data processing, public outreach and equipment maintenance but will mainly work on a dedicated data set or project.

We welcome participants who might be interested in working on a specific project with the possibility of continuing this as part of their own studies. Placement may be undertaken as credit towards your under- or post-graduate degree (course dependent).

Please note, there is an associated fee which covers supervision, training and a contribution to the project for the period.

Additionally - volunteers maybe interested in joining the marine mammal research techniques course being run in Nov (see website for details)

Please contact info@seasearch.co.za with a CV and brief motivation by email. 

More information about our group is available on our website here:  www.seasearch.co.za or facebook/seasearch

Kind regards
Dr Simon Elwen
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Simon Elwen Ph.D. NRF Research Fellow at the Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria

Based at Sea Search Africa - 4 Bath Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town.
Phone: +27 21 788 1206 (Office SA),      +27 71 139 5951 (Mob SA)

Friday, August 30, 2019

INTERNS: Dolphin Research Internship in Savannah, Georgia

Savannah State University Dolphin Sciences Laboratory (SSUDS lab) internships

The SSUDS lab is located adjacent to the marsh on the campus of Savannah State University in coastal Georgia and is led by Dr. Tara Cox.  The SSUDS lab studies spatial ecology, conservation biology of long-lived marine vertebrates, marine and coastal policy and management, and human interactions with marine mammals.  Current projects include: Human-interaction behaviors (particularly begging), stock structure and abundance estimates, catalog matching to other study areas in the SE USA, contaminant loads, and genetics of common bottlenose dolphins.

The SSUDS Lab selects volunteer interns during three seasons each year: 
•     Winter/Spring (positions January to May, applications due by October 1st);
•     Summer (positions May to August, applications due by March 1st);
•     Fall (positions August to December, applications due by June 1st).

Interns will support graduate research on common bottlenose dolphins living in the local waterways.  There may be additional opportunities to help other marine science graduate students with diverse fieldwork. 

The SSUDS lab is currently accepting applications for Spring 2020 interns.
There are 2 positions available.  Application deadline is October 1st.

Dates: Jan 6 – May 29 (Start and end dates are flexible)
Location: Savannah State University in Savannah, Georgia
Time: Interns are expected to commit to ~30 hours per week, and time will be split between lab and field work.  Dolphin surveys will be conducted 2 days per month, with additional surveys in May. 
Lab duties: photo-identification, data entry and double checking
Field duties: assisting with small boat-based photo-identification surveys including sighting dolphins, recording data, photographing dorsal fins, and measuring environmental variables
Stranding response: although strandings are rare and unpredictable, you may be asked to help with data collection and necropsies
Class: Interns are welcome to sit in on the GIS course taught by Dr. Cox in the spring. Please note that hours spent in class do not count towards lab hours.

Extra Opportunities:
Local Volunteer Opportunities: Previous interns have taken advantage of their spare time to get involved with our network of marine science researchers in Georgia
1)      Other SSU Marine Science Program Labs (field and lab research on shrimp, flatfish, oyster restoration, marine chemistry, etc.)
2)      Tybee Island Marine Science Center (environmental education)
3)      Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
4)      GA DNR Non-game Division (cetacean, manatee, and sea turtle research)

·         Minimum age of 18 years old
·         Currently or recently enrolled in a college-level program in marine biology, biology, zoology, or related field
·         Strong interest in marine mammals, the environment, and conservation
·         Computer proficiency, especially MS Office; MS Access and ArcGIS experience a plus
·         Excellent verbal communication skills, fluent in English
·         Enthusiastic and dedicated, with strong interpersonal skills and ability to maintain a professional appearance and demeanor
·         Strong sense of responsibility, work ethic, and attention to detail
·         Works well in a team environment as well as individually
·         Ability to work long days in the sun/heat/cold on a small boat

To apply please submit the following via email with the subject "SSUDS Internship" to perrtreer@savannahstate.edu. All attached files must be named starting with your last name (e.g. Lastname-SSUDS_application_spring_2020.doc, Lastname-transcript). Please combine your application materials into 1-2 files. 

         A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position, how the experience will help you meet your long-term goals, and your dates of availability.
         A resume (or curriculum vitae) describing your relevant training and experience.
         Current academic transcripts (unofficial are sufficient).
         Names and contact information for two references.

International applicants will be considered, but it is the responsibility of the applicant to acquire necessary visas and documentation

This position is unpaid, and interns are responsible for providing their own housing and transport to Savannah, GA.  If accepted, we can provide contact information for possible shared housing opportunities with SSU students or other interns. 

This is a great opportunity to work with scientists and graduate students in the field and lab while gaining experience with photo-identification and boat-based marine mammal surveys.  Savannah State University offers a Master of Science in Marine Sciences; thus, successful interns may have future opportunities for graduate study in the SSUDS lab or other labs in the Marine Sciences Program.  For more information about Marine Sciences at SSU please visit: https://www.savannahstate.edu/cost/mar-env-science/marine-science/index.shtml

Robin Perrtree
SSUDS Lab Manager
Marine Sciences Technician
Savannah State University
Marine Science Research Center room 111

Thursday, August 29, 2019

INTERNS: Monterey Bay Aquarium Sea Otter Program Intern applications now open

The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sea Otter Program is seeking enthusiastic and motivated individuals for two internship programs, 1) Sea Otter Research and 2) Sea Otter Care for January -June 2020.
Research internship responsibilities include, but are not limited to, data collection from shore using radio telemetry equipment and making visual observations with spotting scopes. Interns will record daily re-sights, forage observations, and activity budget data on marked wild sea otters.
Animal care internship responsibilities include, but are not limited to, daily care and feeding of ill, injured or orphaned sea otters, maintenance and cleaning of animal tanks and enclosures, and computer data entry. Interns may also assist with rescues of live-stranded otters, tracking of released otters, and administration of medication to sick otters.
Qualified applicants must be able to work in a team environment, as well as independently without direct supervision, and must have good communication skills.
All internship opportunities are unpaid or STEM Internships (STEM may include funding provided through your educational institution). College credit may also be available. Please refer to your College/University's student services division.
Early submission of applications is encouraged.
Deadline to apply September 30, 2019.
For more information and to apply, go to:

Jessica Fujii
SORAC Senior Research Biologist
P 831-648-4930

Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940
Our mission is to inspire conservation of the ocean.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

INTERNS: Blue Ocean Society- Summer Internships Available

Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation is accepting applications for Summer 2019 Interns. 

Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation is a nonprofit organization based in Portsmouth, NH, USA with a mission to protect marine life in the Gulf of Maine through research, education and inspiring action. We achieve our goals primarily through our core programs which involve studying whales from commercial whale watch boats, collecting data on debris found during beach cleanups and offshore, and interacting with thousands of people each year during programs and events.

Blue Ocean Society's Internship Program is structured and designed to provide undergraduates and recent post-grads with hands-on experience in the field of whale research, education and marine conservation.  Interns will be directly involved in a variety of programs, including contributing to our long-term studies of several wild cetacean species (humpback, fin, minke whales, etc.) in the Gulf of Maine while working aboard commercial whale watching vessels departing from NH and northern

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

INTERNS: Internship with Elding Whale Watching in Reykjavík, Iceland

our company, Elding Whale Watching, based in Reykjavík, Iceland, will be offering 3 students (Bachelor's or Master's) the opportunity to join us for a 5-month internship to learn the basic skills of cetacean behaviour, cetacean data collection, data preparation and photo-identification. This is a great way to get your marine biology career started!

Interns are expected to work 5 days a week and will either be on our boats to collect behavioural and photographic data or in the office to process data on a computer.

Requirements: Enrollment in a biology degree, some knowledge and experience with photography and use of DSLR cameras, basics in Excel. A personal laptop would be beneficial. Good English is necessary and the love for outdoors and marine mammals. Weather in Iceland can be harsh and data may still be collected despite rain, snow and strong winds.

Living: Accommodation and food are not covered and are of the interns own responsibility. However, on working days lunch will be provided. Also we will do our best to aid in the search of accommodation. Successful applicants will receive a pdf file with further useful information about the internship as well as living in Iceland.

Beginning of the internship is from 01.05.2019 with a preferred duration of 3 months or more.

I encourage students who are seeking to gain experience in this field of biology to send a cv, a short motivation letter and period of availability to sabri.voswinkel@gmail.com

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