Saturday, February 21, 2015


Baby bottlenose dolphin shannonry point 2006
Baby bottlenose dolphin shannonry point 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation (SDWF) is seeking research assistants to conduct boat- and office-based bottlenose dolphin research May-September 2015 in Kilrush, Co. Clare, Ireland. For more information about the SDWF see and
The SDWF is a registered charity dedicated to the conservation and research of dolphins and wildlife in the Shannon Estuary with offices based in the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre, an interpretive centre open to the public and used to promote educational awareness of the dolphins and wildlife in the Shannon region. The SDWF was established by Dr Simon Berrow in 2000 following pilot work carried out by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) from 1993. The SDWF has a strong research background and has collaborated with a number of Irish and international research groups. Long-term monitoring of the bottlenose dolphin population in the Shannon has been carried out using photo-id since 1993 and static acoustics since 2001. The Shannon River estuary is presently the only candidate Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for bottlenose dolphins in Ireland and is home to a resident population of dolphins living year-round in the estuary.
The SDWF is seeking voluntary research assistants for the 2015 field season to carry out dolphin research and education. Research assistants will be required to conduct monitoring surveys from dolphin-watching tour boats, spend a considerable amount of time on bottlenose dolphin photo-identification and related office tasks, and assist in the management of the dolphin centre on a daily basis. Photo-id training will be provided on the boats and in the office.
Research assistants will also assist with a PhD project on bottlenose dolphin social and foraging behaviour on board the RV *Muc Mhara* when weather conditions allow for fieldwork. This research will consist of boat-based photo-ID and behavioural observations of bottlenose dolphins in the Shannon Estuary and presents an opportunity to gain experience in field techniques for small cetacean research, while contributing to a project with a strong scientific aim and a high conservation value.
There may also be opportunities for assistants to help with research conducted on board the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group’s research vessel *Celtic Mist* and to assist the IWDG with cetacean strandings should the opportunity arise.
These positions provide an excellent opportunity to develop skills in cetacean research and education and to assist with one of the longest-running bottlenose dolphin population monitoring programs in the world.
16 May 2015 â€" 19 September 2015
We are seeking skilled research assistants to commence on 16 May 2015. Research assistants are required full-time for four months, finishing 19 September 2015. Because of the training required, preference will be given to applicants who can commit to three or four months. However, those available for a shorter period of time will also be considered.
Research assistants will be based in Kilrush, Co. Clare, Ireland, a small town located in west Clare on the northern shore of the Shannon Estuary. The Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre is located less than 10 minutes’ walk from the town centre. West Clare is a beautiful place to work, but applicants are asked to be aware that it is also somewhat geographically isolated with limited facilities and variable weather patterns.
1. Conducting monitoring surveys from two dolphin-watching tour boats operating in the Shannon Estuary, collecting photo-id data and recording data on tour boat encounters with dolphin groups. Surveys involve one to four daily boat trips and are weather dependent â€" i.e. many days in a row if weather is good.

2. Photo-identification and database entry in the office, including fin identification, fin-matching, photo processing, sighting data entry and maintenance of our long-term photo-id catalogue. Research assistants should be prepared to work long days in the office entering data and analysing and

Friday, February 20, 2015

INTERNS: Field Research and Education Internship- Gloucester, MA

Humpback whale in the NOAA Stellwagen Bank Nat...
Humpback whale in the NOAA Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary with a bubble net (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The priority deadline for the Field Research and Environmental Education Internship at Cape Ann Whale Watch is quickly approaching! Applications are still being accepted.
Cape Ann Whale Watch is accepting applications for its Field Research and Environmental Education Internship. Based in Gloucester, MA and partnered with Planet Whale, our whale watch boat takes between 150 and 250 passengers a day on whale watches in and around the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. We work to educate passengers about marine life and the oceans to foster a sense of importance and personal responsibility in doing a part to contribute to the well being and conservation of the environment. This internship will allow you to gain hands-on experience in research, educational techniques, and the general workings of being on a whale watch boat.

Past interns have received degrees in biology, psychology, education, French, history, philosophy, etc. You don’t need to be a biology major to apply, and prior experience is not required- training is provided on the job! We are looking for individuals who will make the most of the amazing opportunities this internship provides. This internship is geared for college students and recent college graduates, however, anyone who is interested in helping Cape Ann Whale Watch and the educators/researchers or in learning about whales is encouraged to apply. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about whales and the ocean environment. Applicants for this position should feel comfortable with public speaking, teaching in small groups, and working with the general public. The deadline for application is March 1, however early application is strongly encouraged. Applicants will be notified by the end of March. The whale watching season begins in early May and it runs through October. During this time, we ask that people can devote at least 10 weeks to the internship.

Interns are the core of the education program at Cape Ann Whale Watch. They work collaboratively with the naturalist to help accomplish our goal of educating people about whales and fostering a stronger appreciation and respect for whales and the ocean environment. Educators circulate the boat with hands-on teaching tools to educate the public about whales and their environment. Once the actual whale watching begins, the naturalist provides educational interpretive commentary while the interns collect data on whale behavior and identification for our research.
Interns work 1-2 whale watch trips per day, four to five days per week. In addition to using teaching tools (such as a sample of whale baleen or a 3-D model of Stellwagen Bank), interns are available to answer passengers’ questions on a wide variety of topics- everything from whale behavior to ocean conservation. Interns are also expected to help with the general functioning of the whale watch vessel and provide a harbor tour to passengers at the beginning of each trip. In addition to responsibilities during whale watch trips, interns are expected to attend and participate in weekly meetings, which cover topics of interest and relevance, and also provide opportunity for reflection and development among the group of educators. Finally, interns are expected to complete a project of their choice- past examples include creating a new teaching tool or developing a slide show for passengers to view while on board.
This is an unpaid internship, and housing is not provided, but we will work with all the interns to find something suitable. It is your responsibility to arrange for college credit if you choose to do so.
If you are interested please send a resume, cover letter, two written letters of recommendation, and an unofficial transcript to:
Cape Ann Whale Watch
PO BOX 345
Gloucester, Ma 01930
Attn: Laura
Laura Lilly
(978) 302-5802


English: Shark Bay, Necker Island (Mokumanamana), Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center/Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program (HMSRP) has been exploring new directions to staff field research camps in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI). We're seeking 4-5 volunteers to assist experienced staff with monk seal research and recovery activities for the 2015 field season. While volunteer positions do not require as much experience as paid field staff positions, ideal applicants should have the right personality and basic capabilities to live on a remote, isolated atoll for ~4.5 months.

These volunteer positions require about 2-3 weeks of training and packing at the Inouye Regional Center located at Ford Island, Honolulu before field deployment to the NWHI. Once the field season is over, there will be an additional week at the end of the season in Honolulu to clean up gear and equipment. Dates are subject to change, but the positions are tentatively scheduled to begin mid to late April with a field deployment date in mid to late May. Field staff will be deployed approximately 4.5 months with a tentative return date in late September. The position end date is tentatively scheduled for some time in early October. Travel to and from Honolulu and food, lodging, and transportation in Honolulu before deployment are not provided. Transportation between Honolulu and field sites and food and lodging in the field will be provided. Due to unforeseen circumstances, departure delays could result in longer periods in Honolulu that may result in additional uncompensated living expenses. All other qualifications being equal, preference will be given to applicants currently living on Oahu so they can be incorporated into our program before official field training begins to gain as much useful experience ahead of time as possible.

Volunteers may be working in groups of 2-4 people per camp with rustic living conditions (most often living in tents, bathing in the ocean, with no internet, no cell phone coverage, and limited communication with the outside world). Deployment to a remote field site is a serious undertaking. There are logistical constraints to working at such sites which could result in delays in pick-up and drop-off and delays in emergency responses (including evacuation) due to the nature of working in the remote NWHI where it can take days for ships to arrive, and ships are sometimes at the mercy of the weather, subject to mechanical failures, and fuel constraints.Â

Please see the volunteer position description below for more details. Applicants must be able to meet both the U.S. Department of Commerce and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) security requirements to access the work location, and also the health requirements to board a NOAA vessel.

To apply:

Please send a cover letter (clearly stating why you are interested in the position and clearly addressing all qualifications) and a resume that includes 3 supervisory references to both Lizabeth Kashinsky and Thea Johanos ( and Positions will be open until filled. However, we strongly encourage applicants to apply by February 13, 2015.


JIMAR Hawaiian Monk Seal Field Camp Volunteer, located at the National Marine Fisheries (NMFS), Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) in Honolulu, Hawaii. DUTIES:  Under guidance of field camp leader, field camp assistant, and/or NMFS personnel, assists in camp preparation, collection, entry and editing of data. Maintains a safe working environment for field personnel. Collects census and life history data on Hawaiian monk seals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands or on remote shorelines in the Main Hawaiian Islands; enters data into computer databases; collects, inventories, and removes debris capable of entangling seals and turtles; assists with collection of tissue samples for DNA analysis; assists with tagging and measuring weaned pups under the guidance of field camp leader/assistant; may assist with the disentanglement of seals and other recovery actions which may include mitigation and deterrence of shark predation by assisting the leader/field camp assistant while translocating weaned pups from areas of high shark predation to areas of lower shark predation risk. This may also involve assisting the Field Camp Leader during fishing procedures by photographing, recording data, handing equipment and supplies to the leader, and holding the line taut, all while standing at a safe distance away. Also, assists with preparation of equipment and supplies for field camps; packs equipment and supplies for shipment to Northwestern Hawaiian Islands; loads and unloads gear from transport vessel; assists with establishing field camp at remote site. At the field site, again under guidance of field camp leader, field camp assistant, and/or NMFS personnel may assist with necropsies; collects and assists processing of scats and spews for food habits analysis. Participates in daily maintenance and operation of field camp. Assists with return, repair, and clean-up of field equipment and supplies. May participate in boating operations under the direction, and at the discretion of, the field camp leader.  Performs other duties as assigned.  PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS:  EDUCATION:  High School Diploma or equivalent.  EXPERIENCE: Some field or wilderness experience, including working in small groups. Some previous experience collecting or working with data. ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Good communication and team skills. Ability to perform accurate data entry. Ability to follow directions and abide by the restrictions of living and working in a fragile (and federally protected) ecosystem. Capable of maintaining a positive attitude in challenging field conditions and succeed and thrive in an isolated environment with minimal contact with current events and family/friends during the extent of deployment. Demonstrated ability to be a good team player. Working knowledge of personal computers including use of word processing, spreadsheets, and databases. PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Ability to swim. Ability to work in remote locations for extended periods of time. Must be able to work long hours in the sun. Must be able to walk long distances (up to 7 miles) in the sand carrying 25-35 pounds of field gear. Must be able to manually restrain immature seals (up to 200 pounds). Must be able to obtain medical clearance for embarking/working on NOAA research vessels or other appropriate vessels which includes providing proof of required immunizations and/or obtaining the necessary immunizations as required by NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations.  SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS:  Prior field experience, including experience working within small groups in remote settings. Experience with handling wildlife. Prior monk seal experience in the main Hawaiian Islands or in a Hawaiian monk seal field camp. Previous experience in field or laboratory studies of marine mammals, previous experience handling marine mammals, previous data entry experience. Prefer applicants interested in pursuing career in marine mammology or related field. For positions requiring travel between multiple-island atolls, possess prior experience with small boats and/or the ability to conduct routine maintenance on small boats. Possess NOAA certification for small boat operations (having completed Motorboat Operators Certification Course (MOCC) and NOAA small boat component training) to work at multiple-island atolls.  INQUIRIES: Lizabeth Kashinsky

Lizabeth Kashinsky
JIMAR/Veterinary Program Senior Supervisor
Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program
1845 WASP Blvd., Building 176
Honolulu, HI 96818Â
Ph:Â (808) 725-5719

Fax:Â (808) 725-5567

Thursday, February 19, 2015

INTERNS: Marine Education Internship - Provincetown, MA USA

Cape Cod and Cape Cod Bay from space. "Pr...
Cape Cod and Cape Cod Bay from space. "Provincetown Spit, Cape Cod, Massachusetts". NASA Earth Observatory . . Retrieved 2006-05-02 . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Summer 2015

Marine Education Internship

The Center for Coastal Studies is a non-profit organization dedicated to conducting scientific research with emphasis on marine mammals of the western North Atlantic and on the coastal and marine habitats and resources of the Gulf of Maine.  CCS has been conducting research and marine and coastal educational programs on Cape Cod for over 37 years.

Education Responsibilities-Intern will assist with environmental education programs, including on-site programs, off-site programs, and festivals, including CCS’s signature summer week of events: Whale Week:  A Celebration of the Sea.  Interns will assist in the staffing of the Center’s informational and sales kiosk on MacMillian Pier, and our new exhibit space near Commercial St; designing and delivering presentations, answering questions about CCS, marine mammals and ocean conservation issues, and other general duties.  Intern may assist with boat based harbor exploration cruises and educational advertising.

Other Responsibilities- Each intern will take on a project which they will work on for the duration of their internship. 

Interns must have their own transportation, and housing is not provided. A small stipend is provided.


  • The internship is open to students who are currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from an accredited college or university.  High school students may also be considered.
  • Preference will be given to students or recent graduates working towards environmental studies, education, marine science, biology or other related fields.
  • Intern should demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Intern should be a self-starter able to take responsibility for completing projects.
  • Students that are adaptable, responsible, hard working, willing to learn, and have attention to detail are encouraged to apply.
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Must be comfortable working with all ages.
  • Must be comfortable working outside in all conditions.
  • Must be comfortable working with and handling marine species.
  • Interns must be able to commit to at least two-three months; preferred start date-end date beginning June to mid August, but dates are flexible based on school schedules.
  • Interns must work a minimum of 20 hours per week.
  • Schedule is flexible but intern may have to work some weekends and evenings.
  • Preference will be given to students with secured housing on Cape Cod.

To Apply- Send your resume, cover letter, and one letter of reference to Stephanie Richardson at or 115 Bradford St, Provincetown, Massachusetts 02567. Applications must be received by April 3rd, 2015.
Stephanie Richardson
Human Resource Manager
Center for Coastal Studies
115 Bradford Street
Provincetown, MA 02657
t. (508) 487-3622 Ext. 113
f. (508) 487-4495

JOBS: Job Posting: Environmental Scientist/ Planner - HDR Alaska

Taken at the end of April 2008 in Anchorage, A...
Taken at the end of April 2008 in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
HDR Alaska currently has an opening for an Environmental Scientist/ Planner to join our team in Anchorage.  The primary duties of the Environmental Scientist/Planner entail research and preparation of documents relevant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and other permitting and compliance documents for infrastructure development projects in Alaska. Projects primarily include planning, environmental permitting, and compliance for oil and gas, transportation, mining, and public projects. The Environmental Scientist/Planner's responsibilities will include preparation, planning, and analysis/review of technical studies and publications for the preparation of MMPA Incidental Take Authorization (ITA) permit applications, ESA biological assessments (BA), NEPA documents, federal permit applications and related documents, mitigation and monitoring plans, and deliverables related to the MMPA and ESA. Additional duties may include data interpretation and analysis, and the ability to plan, direct, or monitor projects with a high degree of technical complexity. Work will be conducted independently as well as on teams, with local and national technical oversight. The candidate will be involved in agency coordination and direct interaction with clients and project managers. The candidate may be responsible for project management including developing and managing budgets schedules and quality of products. This is a full-time regular position.  Keyword(s): Environmental Planner, Environmental Scientist, BS, MS, environmental science, planning, compliance, MMPA, ESA, NEPA.


Bachelor's or Master's degree in Biology, Marine Sciences, Environmental Science/Planning/Engineering, or related field. 

8+ years of experience in complex environmental permitting/ planning/ compliance projects is preferred. Demonstrated knowledge of MMPA, ESA, permitting, and NEPA process. Experience preparing IHA applications, BAs, and agency consultation and coordination. Strong technical and scientific writing skills. Technical expertise in the design, implementation, interpretation, and presentation of data for environmental studies and investigations.

Proficient with MS Office. Self-starter with excellent writing and communication skills. Strong conceptual organizational problem solving and research abilities. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Staff management experience beneficial.

In-order to apply for this position, please click on the web-link below.  Or you can go to the Career Section on our website and reference Job Number 137866.

Michael Bryan
West Region Director of Employment

8404 Indian Hills Drive
Omaha, NE 68114
D (402)399-4872 M (402)689-3412

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

INTERNS: Mystic Aquarium Special Project Internship

Feeding various sea animals at the Mystic Aqua...
Feeding various sea animals at the Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Special Project Internship: Aquatic Research Website Update

The intern would be responsible for interviewing our research scientists to update their biographies, updating the information for our ongoing research projects, and outlining future research and conservation goals; integrating this with Mystic Aquarium's new mission statement and strategic plan; and working with our Media and Public Relations team to revise the website. 

Special application packet deadline: March 31, 2015

Complete Instructions may be found on our website,

Please review the "Internship Requirements" and "Instructions for Applicants"  to complete your Application Packet.

Kathy Freeman
Internship Coordinator
Human Resources Department
Phone | 860-572-5955 Ext 306