COAST Student Internships Summer 2013

DFW Fort Bragg Fisheries Data Internship

Host: California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW;
The Department of Fish and Wildlife (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: Fort Bragg (Mendocino County)

Internship Dates: June 1 thru August 31, 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: One (1) internship is available to work with fisheries biologists collecting and processing biological and environmental data related to the northern California recreational red abalone fishery and commercial red sea urchin fishery. Each intern will work side-by-side with Department biologists undertaking data entry, data quality control, data transfer, mail processing, and addressing public requests, and assisting with data analysis. Interns will be based at the DFW field office in Fort Bragg, California. Interns will be responsible for completing all tasks assigned under the direct supervision of a Department fisheries biologist to meet all scientific goals and objectives of the program. This may require the intern to make repeated phones, e-mails, and letters to scientists around the state.

Preferred Experience and Capabilities: Experience and strong capabilities in Excel, Access, Word, ArcGIS extensions, and mega-databases are necessary. Ability to carry equipment up to 50 pounds is preferred but not required–core internship duties may be performed by students with physical disabilities or limitations. Also knowledge of California marine ecology or biology is a plus.

Skills Gained: Interns will gain experience working directly with expert fisheries biologists and leading scientists on marine invertebrate fisheries research to help monitor populations. Specific skills include data transfer and transformation, research permitting review and application processing, literature research, participation in applied research, and addressing public natural resource questions.

Eligibility / Requirements: Internships are geared toward upperclassmen (juniors/seniors) and science graduate students. Valid California State driver’s license is required. Intern must be 18 years or older. Intern must be able to work independent and interact in a very professional manner with fisheries and environmental scientists at all levels. Also, the intern must have the ability to observe and record biological information and the ability to fully understand the information being presented in written format. Interns will be required to become volunteers for the Department.