Sunday, January 18, 2015
JOBS: Research assistants needed for Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin study (photo-id + genetic sampling) in Perth, Western Australia, from March 2015
- Assisting with boat-based photo-identification surveys of bottlenose dolphins, including operating small vessel during surveys, collecting environmental, location, and behavioural data for dolphin groups. Expect early starts, hot weather, up to 11 hours on the water for multiple consecutive days, and up to a week between days off;
- Enthusiasm for field work on a boat is essential (long hours and natural environment conditions);
- Experience of working on and driving a small boat (essential);
Expenses: This is an unpaid position. Travel to/from, accommodation, and food for applicants will be at their own charges.
Friday, January 16, 2015
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 wellbeing 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.
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 passengersâ 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.
Past interns have received degrees in biology, psychology, education, French, history, philosophy, etc. You donât 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 application deadline 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.
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:
For any further questions, contact Laura at the email address provided.
We are now accepting application for summer internships with New England Aquarium! Our priority deadline is January 31st! We are accepting applications for positions throughout the Aquarium including the following:
Sunday, January 11, 2015
STUDY ABROAD BIMINI, THE BAHAMAS
PS 299 – Special Topics in Psychology (3 Credits) - or - BI 199/299 – Special Topics in Biology for Non-Majors/Majors(3 Credits)
Summer 2015: May 26 - June 8, 2015
*** Deadline Extended until February 15, 2015!
Led by Dr. Deirdre Yeater in the Sacred Heart University Psychology department in collaboration with Dolphin Communication Project, this course will examine the behavioral and social ecology of coastal cetaceans, particularly Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins. You will enjoy a hands-on learning experience with wild dolphins, in the beautiful waters surrounding the island of Bimini in the Bahamas. On the program, you will earn three credits while learning to record and analyze dolphin behaviors. You will also learn about ecotourism and human impacts on the marine environment. The field work at Bimini will consist of 4 to 5 hour boat surveys. If the group is able to make underwater observations, you will be assisting in the use of underwater slates, video cameras, and digital still cameras. The number of students accepted will be limited by the size of the research vessel. Therefore, you should apply as soon as possible. You MUST be able to swim and snorkel as part of the program.
Application Deadline February 15!
For more information, contact:
Sacred Heart University
Office of Global Affairs
Dolphin Communication Project
Dolphins are long-lived and social! Yet, we know little about their social relationships. Study dolphins in their natural habitat.
Bimini, The Bahamas
Less than 7 mile long and only a few hundred yards wide, Bimini is known for big game fishing, SCUBA diving, mangroves, and of course, wild dolphins.
Students majoring/minoring in Psychology, Biology, or a related discipline
Minimum GPA of 3.0
Visiting students accepted
Deirdre Yeater, Ph.D
Sacred Heart University
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825