Internships

Seasonal Right Whale Ecology Internship

The Center for Coastal Studies (CCS)  is seeking a seasonal Right Whale Ecology Intern from January through May 2018.

This long-term project focuses on documenting the abundance, distribution and behavior of North Atlantic right whales and their food resource in Cape Cod Bay and adjacent Massachusetts waters.

The intern will be the primary vessel observer for the project and will participate in research cruises up to four days a week.

Fieldwork responsibilities include photographing critically endangered North Atlantic right whales, collecting behavioral and environmental data, recording other sightings events (species, vessels and fishing gear), and working with a habitat research team both in the field and in the lab.

Lab responsibilities include photo-analysis (downloading images, inputting sightings information, matching individuals to known animals using an online and in-house catalog, cataloging), database entry and maintenance, assisting the aerial team and maintaining vessel field equipment.

Minimum Requirements:
– A college degree, preferably in biological/ environmental sciences
– Previous marine mammal survey experience, including experience in photo-identification of large cetaceans
– Experience with digital SLR cameras, lenses, and filters
– Basic computer literacy and experience using Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Word, PowerPoint). Experience with database entry and management is preferred
– Experience working on boats, ability to withstand harsh elements, and not be prone to serious seasickness
– Must be able to live and work well in a team
– Enthusiasm and willingness to learn field and lab-based research methods
– Strong attention to detail and ability to work well under pressure

Preferred Qualifications:
– Experience using iMatch image database software
– Experience using GPS equipment
– Ability to estimate object ranges from a vessel
– Not prone to seasickness
– A valid US driver’s license

The successful applicant will be required to work a minimum of four full
days per week and will need to be flexible for research cruises due to
weather constrictions. The intern will often collect data independently in
the field, thus responsible, detail-oriented applicants are encouraged to
apply. Applicants must be available for the full field season and must be
willing to work weekends, holidays and evenings as needed. Housing will be
provided, as well as a small stipend to cover general living expenses.

CCS has a long history of conservation and research work with the North Atlantic right whale and Cape Cod Bay has been a major critical habitat for over 50% of the estimated population in recent years. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone wishing to expand their skills in marine mammal survey techniques, and will offer the successful applicant the unique chance to work with one of the world?s most endangered cetaceans. This internship will afford the successful applicant an invaluable opportunity to work within a well-established institution, with highly-qualified scientists, and to gain experience in photo-identification, matching, and data entry and analysis. Experience in oceanographic sampling can also be gained.
Details of our work can be found HERE 

How to Apply:

The application package should include the following attachment(s):
1) A cover letter describing your specific interests in marine mammal
science, internship qualifications, and how the experience would assist you
in reaching career goals
2) CV/resume
3) College transcripts (unofficial are sufficient)
4) The names and contact information of two references

Application materials must be e-mailed in PDF format to: Stephanie Richardson, srichardson@coastalstudies.org, with the following text in the subject line: 2018 RW observer internship.
Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2017


Seasonal Right Whale Ecology Internship-2

The Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) is seeking a seasonal Right Whale Ecology Program intern from March through May 2018.

This long-term project focuses on documenting the abundance, distribution and behavior of North Atlantic right whales and their food resource in Cape Cod Bay and adjacent Massachusetts waters.

The intern will assist the habitat research associate in the collection and processing of zooplankton in the field and lab.

Fieldwork responsibilities include zooplankton collection through tow and pump techniques, marine observer, and environmental data collector. Lab responsibilities include zooplankton species identification and counts, plastics analysis, archiving samples, data entry and maintenance, and maintaining field equipment.

Minimum Requirements

-A college degree, preferably in biological/ environmental sciences
– Good memorization skills and strong attention to details
– Basic computer literacy and experience using Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Word, PowerPoint). Experience with database entry and management is preferred
– Experience working on boats, ability to withstand harsh elements, and not be prone to serious seasickness
– Must be able to live and work well in a team
– Ability to work well under pressure

Preferred Qualifications:

– Plankton identification
– Microscopy and laboratory experience
– Not prone to seasickness
– FTIR Spectrometer experience
– A valid US driver’s license

The successful applicant will be required to work a minimum of four full days per week and will need to be flexible for research cruises due to weather constrictions. The intern will often process zooplankton samples independently in the lab, thus responsible, detail-oriented applicants are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be available for the full three months and must be willing to work weekends, holidays and evenings as needed. Housing will be provided, as well as a small stipend to cover general living expenses.

CCS has a long history of conservation and research work with the North Atlantic right whale and Cape Cod Bay has been a major critical habitat for over 50% of the estimated population in recent years. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone wishing to expand their skills in marine mammal survey techniques and zooplankton analysis; and will offer the successful applicant the unique chance to work with one of the world’s most endangered cetaceans. This internship will afford the successful applicant an invaluable opportunity to work within a well-established institution, with highly-qualified scientists, and to gain experience in boat-based research, zooplankton and environmental collections, plankton identification, plastic analysis, and data entry and analysis. Details of our work can be found on our website: http://coastalstudies.org/right-whale-research/

How to Apply:

The application package should include the following attachment(s) in PDF format:

1. A cover letter describing your specific interests in marine mammal science, internship qualifications, and how the experience would assist you in reaching career goals
2. CV/resume
3. College transcripts (unofficial are sufficient)
4. The names and contact information of two references

Please e-mail application materials to: Stephanie Richardson, Human Resource Manager, srichardson@coastalstudies.org. Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2017


Humpback Whale Research Internships  

The Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) expects to have summer research internship openings in its Humpback Whale Studies Program.  CCS is a nonprofit institution dedicated to understanding and conserving coastal and marine resources. Our longitudinal studies of whale populations have advanced science, improved understanding of human impacts and aided in the protection of critical habitats. Many CCS research interns have gone on to productive careers in science or conservation.

We are seeking highly motivated, independent individuals with a career interest in marine mammal science.  Applicants must have completed at least their sophomore year in college with a major in a relevant scientific discipline. Post-grads and graduate students are welcome to apply.  Summer interns must make a full-time commitment from June 1 through August 31, but we will consider starting dates as early as May and ending dates as late as November.

Interns would participate in humpback whale field research in the near- and offshore waters of the Gulf of Maine, including a multiple-week survey of US and Canadian waters. They would gain exposure to a range of field research techniques, such as photo-identification, biopsy sampling and tagging.  In the office, interns would learn data management and analysis skills and undertake tasks such as data entry, photographic matching and cataloging. They would also perform assigned scientific readings and assist with project analyses. An independent project may also be undertaken, depending on the length of the internship.

Candidates must be able to live and work well in close quarters, be able to swim and not be prone to serious seasickness. They should be prepared to work long days in the field, including weekends and holidays as needed.  Interns will be required to provide evidence of health coverage during the internship period.

This is an unpaid internship based in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Interns must arrange for their own housing, transportation and living expenses.  Applicants are advised that the cost of living on Cape Cod is high, particularly during the summer.  We do not offer college credit but will assist qualified interns in applying for credit from their home institution.

International applicants must secure their own Visas or other required documentation.

How to Apply:

Application materials must be e-mailed to internships@coastalstudies.org with the following text in the subject line: 2018 HW RESEARCH INTERNSHIP.  The application package should include the following:

1) A letter of interest (500 words or less) describing your specific interests in marine mammal science, what qualifies you for this internship and how it would advance your career. Please provide this as an attachment and not in the body of the e-mail.

2) A 1-2 page curriculum vitae emphasizing relevant experience and coursework, including grades and overall GPA (note that a transcript may later be requested).

3) The names and contact information of two references (professors or supervisors).

Application materials should be submitted no later than March 31, 2018.

For more information, please visit us at http://coastalstudies.org/


Capacity for Conservation Internship/Apprenticeship

The Center for Coastal Studies and the Dolphin Fleet offer training and collaborative research opportunities to students and professionals from the Dominican Republic and the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR).

Training is provided on large whale research techniques, as well as data collection and education from whale watching platforms. The program also provides cross-training for scientists and managers and encourages research collaborations. The program focuses on the Gulf of Maine humpback whale population, which summers off New England and winters in the Caribbean. It provides particular support for the Sister Sanctuary relationship between the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (SBNMS) off Massachusetts, and the Santuario de Mamíferos Marinos de la República Dominicana (SMMRD) off the Dominican Republic.

Each year, one or two positions may be available to qualified applicants from the Dominican Republic and the WCR. They will focus on some or all of the following, depending on the interests and background of the applicant:

Scientific research (Center for Coastal Studies, Dr. Jooke Robbins): Humpback whale photo-identification and cataloguing; scientific data collection in the SBNMS and greater Gulf of Maine; data processing, data management skills and analytical techniques; research projects based on data from the SBNMS/GOM and/or the SMMRD/WCR; exposure to human impact studies, response and mitigation

Education and Outreach (DolphinFleet, Provincetown): whale watch naturalist training; development of whale watch educational materials; outreach to local schools and the general public; experience collecting data from platforms of opportunity.

Primary program partners include the Fundacian Dominicana de Estudios Marinos, Inc. (FUNDEMAR), the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (SBNMS/NOAA) and the Universidad Instituto Technologico de Santo Domingo (INTEC). Past support for this program has been generously provided by the Cetacean Society International, the Wendy Joan Shadwell Fund for Whale Watch Naturalist Training and Education, CCS and the DF.

This internship has no specific deadlines at this time.To inquire, please contact us at internships@coastalstudies.org.  Note that you must be from the Wider Caribbean Region to be eligible for this internship.