Sunday, November 04, 2018


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Saturday, November 03, 2018

JOBS: National Aquarium Position Announcement: Rehabilitation Biologist

The National Aquarium is seeking a Rehabilitation Biologist to provide excellent day-to-day husbandry and medical care of marine turtles and marine mammals undergoing rehabilitation for the purpose of release back to the natural environment. The Rehabilitation Biologist will keep rehabilitation pools, equipment, and workspaces well maintained to National Aquarium and NOAA Fisheries Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service standards. The person in this role is fully accountable for the patients and systems under their care. They will participate in planning and implementation of special projects (renovations, enrichment, animal transports & releases) as assigned. They will also train and mentor volunteers and interns. This position is grant funded for 1-year with possibility of extension dependent on available funding.
Rehabilitation Biologist

Essential Functions:

  • Organizes the day to day husbandry and feeding of sea turtles and marine mammals in rehabilitation.
    • Completes inspection rounds of patients, life support systems, and enclosures daily to check status and identify and report any potential problems. Resolves problems independently where

Thursday, November 01, 2018

GRAD STUDENTS: Georgetown University Biology Graduate Student Applicants Wanted

Professor Janet Mann https://gufaculty360.georgetown.edu/s/contact/00336000014RY0bAAG/janet-mann (GU) and Dr. Céline Frère https://www.celinefrerelab.com/ (USC) are seeking graduate student (PhD) applicants to Georgetown University to work on a study of maternal effects in wild bottlenose dolphins, funded by the National Science Foundation. Competitive applicants should have a strong quantitative and theoretical background in genetics and behavioral ecology. Refer to https://biology.georgetown.edu/graduate/applicants for details. Email Janet Mann mannj2@georgetown.edu for additional information. Deadline is December 1.

General Project Description: While several studies link sociality to fitness in long-lived mammals, maternal influence on inter- and intra-individual variation in sociality (e.g. dynamic social patterns) and fitness outcomes is relatively unexplored. Recent computational advances allow this project to incorporate multi-level, dynamic variation to advance understanding of how sociality evolved, i.e., transmission pathways. This study system, a 35-year longitudinal study of wild bottlenose dolphins, provides a unique opportunity to address these questions because of species characteristics, and the size, detail, and long-term nature of the dataset. This project will use: (1) novel quantitative genetics methodologies to unravel the importance of maternal effects on social behavior while accounting for both additive genetic variation and the mothers' social environment; (2) next-generation sequencing combined with demographic data to construct accurate pedigree information from high- density single nucleotide polymorphisms; (3) dynamic social network modeling (social association/interaction matrices) to account for changing social attributes of individuals rather than just static traits. As such, this study will be a comprehensive exploration of how maternal effects impact social traits over the lifespan and across more than one generation within an evolutionary framework. In addition, this is the first study to do so in wild long-lived mammal with extensive maternal social transmission, while accounting for additive genetic variation. The results will provide significant advances by extending our study of the genetic and non-genetic mechanisms of inheritance, which play critical roles in evolution and responses to environmental change.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

INTERNS: FWC manatee internship availability

The Southeast manatee field station is currently seeking a candidate for the Winter 2019 internship!  Application deadline is Sunday, November 11th.

Interns will assist with manatee rescue, carcass salvage, and research in South Florida.

The Southeast Field lab is offering one internship: a 6 month term for the winter 2019 session. The expected start date for the Winter 2019 internship will be around January 2nd, 2019. Start and end dates will be flexible. Working hours are typically five days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with some nights and weekends required. The position is located in Tequesta (east coast of Florida, just north of Palm Beach). The intern's duties include assisting with manatee rescue, carcass salvage, and research in South Florida. Interns will assist with manatee and cetacean field necropsies, temperature monitoring research, and conduct manatee photo ID. Interns will also complete mortality and rescue reports and assist with other office and public outreach work as needed. To perform the duties of the position, interns will operate trucks, trailers, and boats up to 22' in length. The intern is required to complete a project and present a 10-15 minute presentation at the end of their internship.

Junior or senior college students and recent graduates are eligible. Applicants should have some

Sunday, October 28, 2018

JOBS: Associate Scientist, Aerial Observer - New England Aquarium

We are looking to hire an experienced aerial observer to participate in aerial surveys for whales, dolphins and sea turtles in outer continental shelf federal waters off Massachusetts and Rhode Island, an area proposed for offshore alternative energy development. Duties will include serving as an observer on all aerial surveys; quality checking data; coordination with the chief scientist and flight crew; and analysis of vertical photographs for the detection and identification of marine mammal and turtle species.  The majority of fieldwork will be aerial, although there may be opportunities to get involved in shipboard surveys with collaborators depending on contract opportunities. This is a grant funded staff position with at least 10 months of staffing provided. Additional service may be afforded only if additional grant funding is secured.

Office schedule will be Monday -- Friday, 9:00 AM -- 5:00 PM. Flight days will require irregular hours and some long days. Occasional weekends and holidays will be required. This is a temporary position with a 10 month time frame.

  1. Participates in all aerial survey activities, including observer logistics, scientific data collection, monthly reporting, photographic and data analysis.
  2. Assists with monthly reports and final annual report writing.
  3. Survey safety equipment and camera maintenance, preparation and in-flight troubleshooting.
  4. Follow safe operational requirements for every survey area, maintains flight and data logs, assists data quality checking and assurance, assists summarizing data and reports.
  5. Photo-analysis of digital imagery for species detection and identifications, data processing and

INTERNS: Aquarium of the Pacific Internship opportunity

The purpose of the photo ID intern position is to give candidates experience in the process of collecting sighting photos and data in the field and preparing that material for later research. Photo ID interns will be collecting data on various cetaceans (dolphins, blue whales, humpbacks, fin whales, gray whales, etc.) while on whale watches. Primary responsibilities of the position include but are not limited, to handling photography equipment, participating in whale watches in various weather conditions, uploading photos and data to our database, and processing photos and sighting data for further utilization.

Commitment: 240 hours total, average 15-20 hours per week for 12-15 weeks
-Interns will receive training and experience in the following
-Learning the methods of wildlife observation and data collection in the field

Monday, October 08, 2018

JOB: Assistant Professor of Animal Studies (tenure-track)

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Job Posting: Assistant Professor of Animal Studies (tenure-track)

Assistant Professor of Animal Studies, tenure-track position, to start in September, 2019. Ph.D. in Animal Studies, Psychology, Biology, or related-field required. Teach seven courses per academic year, including Introduction to Animal Studies, Animal Behavior, Internship in Animal Studies, Senior Capstone, and an elective in area of specialty. To contribute courses to a newly developed program in Animal Studies. 
Participation in an interdisciplinary, values-oriented general education program is required, including a regular rotation in the two-semester first-year program. Eckerd College, the only independent national liberal arts college in Florida, has a tradition of innovative education and teaching/mentoring excellence. Submit a letter of application, vita, teaching evaluations, statement of teaching philosophy, graduate transcripts, and contact information for three references so that letters of recommendation can be requested, via https://eckerd.hirecentric.com/jobs/. Applications must be complete by November 1, 2018. Inquiries may be sent to Dr. Lauren Highfill, highfile@eckerd.edu. EOE. Applications from women/minorities encouraged.

Lauren Highfill, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

Eckerd College
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711

Friday, October 05, 2018

FELLOWSHIP: Alaska SeaLife Center fellowship

Alaska SeaLife Center Fellowship in Seward, AK
Remote Video Monitoring and Scat Collection Studies of Steller Sea Lions Fellow

Start date 1/2/19, end date 4/30/19

Position requirements: 75% of time per week will be spent in this department and 25% of time per week supporting the Interpretation department.

The fellow will assist with the day to day support of animal-related research activities involving Steller sea lions.  Applicants should exhibit a strong interest in field-based and animal-related research work and associated support.  Candidates with animal photo identification and behavioral study experience are preferred.  Familiarity with Excell, MS Access and video recording equipment are also preferred.   Applicants should possess the ability to lift and carry 50+ lbs over uneven terrain while working in freezing temperatures in a remote marine environment.  Under the guidance of Chiswell staff, the fellow will be trained and expected to perform the following duties: 
  • operate remotely controlled cameras from a desktop computer, 
  • assist with behavioral observations, video recording, data entry and management,
  • assist with field work including scat collection and remote monitoring equipment installation/maintenance, 
  • work in a laboratory sub-sampling, cleaning, and sifting scat samples, and 
  • be prompt with daily data collection, stay focused on the task at hand for extended periods of

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) Research and 2) Animal Care for January-June 2019

Research Intern project  responsibilities include, but are not limited to, data collection in the field from shore and occasionally on a small boat using radio telemetry equipment and making visual observations with spotting scopes. Interns will record daily re-sights, movement patterns and forage observations, and activity budget data on marked individual wild sea otters.

Animal care intern project responsibilities include, but are not limited to, daily care and feeding of ill, injured and 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, administration of medication to sick otters, and managing otter in research projects.

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 be available. Please refer to your

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

INTERNS, FELLOWSHIP: Mystic Aquarium Intern & Fellowship Opportunities

Mystic Aquarium Research Internships
Gain hands-on experience in a dynamic environment with guidance from a mentor who is a member of our Research staff.
Our Research team conducts research in many aspects of marine animal health, husbandry, and ecology. This is accomplished through detailed analysis of behavior, specimens, data records and a combination of field, in-house, and laboratory-based research projects that focus on animal behavior, ecology, infectious disease, neuro-immunology, and physiology.
The internship program reflects our mission, "to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through education, research and conservation."  Internships are available for the fall, spring and summer.
Interns have the opportunity to attend weekly educational seminars, receive feedback from supervisors, and work on independent projects to enhance their knowledge and resumes.
Application deadlines are as follows:
Spring internships (Jan-May): September 30
Summer internships (May-Aug): January 31
Fall internships (Sept-Dec): May 31
Please see the Mystic Aquarium website for more information on the internship program and