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Wednesday, August 01, 2018

INTERNS: FWC Marine Mammal Internship in Port Charlotte, FL

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Marine Mammals section at the Charlotte Harbor Field Lab in Port Charlotte, FL is still accepting applications for fall interns. We have one more spot to fill.

The Southwest Field Lab is offering one internship to a driven, self-motivated individual for the Fall 2018 season. The expected start date for the fall internship is late August-early September, however, start dates will be flexible.  Working hours are typically four to five days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some additional night and weekend hours may be required. The position is located in Port Charlotte on the west coast of Florida, just north of Fort Myers. The intern's duties would include assisting with manatee and cetacean carcass salvage, necropsies, research projects (temperature monitoring, Photo ID, etc.), public outreach, and occasional rescues. The intern will also assist with
office duties including mortality reports, upkeep of databases, and other office work as needed. To perform the tasks mentioned, interns will operate FWC trucks and dependent upon experience, trailers and boats up to 22' in length. At the end of the internship, interns are required to complete a project and a 10-15 minute presentation on a marine mammal topic of their choosing.

Qualifications:
•             College juniors, seniors, and recent graduates are eligible
•             Interns must have some research field experience
•             Interns must be comfortable operating large trucks and speaking to the public
•             Familiarity with digital cameras, telephoto lenses, and filters is preferred, but can be trained
•             Computer literacy
•             Previous animal handling experience is desirable but not necessary
•             Ability to trailer and operate watercrafts up to 22' in length and experience with radio telemetry tracking gear is desirable, but not necessary
•             Interns must be able to lift 50 lbs., swim, and possess a valid driver's license
•             Interns should understand that this job will require them to be wet, dirty and outdoors in all weather conditions for long periods of time
Application Process:
If you are interested in applying for an internship with the FWRI, please provide the following information:

•             A cover letter describing area(s) of interest and the dates, days, and hours of availability
•             A resume describing training and experience
•             Names and contact information for at least three references
•             An unofficial copy of your academic transcript

Please send these items as e-mail attachments to:

If electronic submission is not possible, hard copies can be mailed to:

Internship Coordinator
585 Prineville Street
Port Charlotte, FL 33954


Molly R. Schubert
Marine Mammal Biologist
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Southwest Field Lab
585 Prineville St
Port Charlotte, FL 33954
Office:(941)613-0946 ext 115
Fax:(941)613-0948
Molly.Schubert@myfwc.com
Manatee Hotline:1-888-404-3922

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