COAST Student Internships Summer 2013

DFW Abalone Research Internship

Host: California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW;
The Department of Fish and Widlife (DFW) maintains native fish, wildlife, plant species and natural communities for their intrinsic and ecological value and their benefits to people. This includes habitat protection and maintenance in a sufficient amount and quality to ensure the survival of all species and natural communities. DFW is also responsible for the diversified use of fish and wildlife including recreational, commercial, scientific and educational uses.

Location: Based in Bodega Bay with travel to Mendocino, Sonoma, Humboldt counties

Internship Dates: April 1 thru September 24, 2013-Start and end dates flexible with regard to students’ academic commitments

Stipend: $3,000.00

Time Commitment: The intern must complete a minimum of 300 hours to receive the full stipend. Ideally, the intern will work 30 hours per week for 10 weeks. The intern is allowed to volunteer an additional 10 hours per week.

Position Description and Responsibilities: Up to two (2) internships are available to work with fisheries biologists collecting biological and environmental data in nearshore coastal areas along Northern California. Each intern will work side-by-side with Department biologists in the field taking biological and environmental measurements. Peak fieldwork times will be one Friday and Saturday in the three spring months April, May, and June and again in July, August and September. Interns will use their biology, statistics and fieldwork skills to work with collecting red abalone data from the recreational red abalone fishery. Interns will be based at the Bodega Marine Laboratory in Bodega Bay, California. Interns will work counting and measuring red abalone in the field, caring and maintaining red abalone in laboratory experiments as well as assisting with data analyses. Interns will be responsible for completing all tasks assigned under the direct supervision of a lead biologist to meet all scientific goals and objectives of the research study design. This may require the intern to control equipment and data logs during sampling in harsh weather conditions while accurately and legibly recording data.

Preferred Experience and Capabilities: Experience in marine research, carrying equipment up to 50 pounds, working in remote locations, working out of small boats, making invertebrate and habitat observations, and making clear and concise field notes is preferred.

Skills Gained: Interns will gain experience working directly with expert fisheries biologists and leading scientists on abalone monitoring and research to restore their populations. Specific skills include data collection in nearshore coastal areas, invertebrate and fish identification, field collection of fisheries data, data analysis, and participation in applied research.

Eligibility / Requirements: These Internships are geared toward upperclassmen (juniors/seniors) and science graduate students. Valid California State driverís license is required. Intern must be 18 years or older. Interns must have education/training in biology, ecology, statistics, and field research techniques. Travel may be required. Interns will be required to become volunteers for the Department.