Win-Spr or Summer 2011 Marine Mammal Internship

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The Whale Center of New England, located in Gloucester, MA, is a non-profit research organization involved with the study of the behavior, ecology, and natural history of the whales and dolphins found in the waters off of Massachusetts. The Whale Center is also heavily involved with habitat conservation and public education. The center is currently looking to fill a research internship position for the Spring (January 31 – May 27) semester of 2011.

The Whale Center of New England internship provides the experience needed to further pursue fields in marine biology and animal behavior. The goal of the program is to provide college students and recent graduates with the opportunity to collect valuable information important to the marine mammal field and to see how this information is used in management and conservation efforts in this area.

The Spring internship session offers a variety of experiences in marine mammal studies. Typical duties may include, but are not limited to: extensive photo-identification and computer work (training provided), field data collection aboard commercial whale watching vessels and our 42′ research vessel The Mysticete, attendance at necropsies (whale autopsies), marine mammal stranding response, seal surveys, and attendance at conferences and meetings.

The internship fee is $1250, and in return, interns will receive housing in Gloucester within walking distance to the office and boats. A common apartment is used, where interns live together and share cooking and cleaning duties. Rooms are shared with one other person. A living arrangement such as this is conducive to open discussion and interaction between peers, and home life is often a continuation of the day in the field. Also, college credit may be arranged by students through their department or as an independent research program at their college or university. The Whale Center of New England encourages this, and will take whatever steps are required to facilitate such efforts.

Internship applicants should have the following:

* A background in biology, zoology, or related field

* Some knowledge of research methods and design

* An ability to work, live and communicate well with others

* Enthusiasm and dedication to work long days (sometimes 12 hours or more) in the field or office

* Completed their freshmen year at the time of application

Summer and Autumn Internships also available.