COAST Student Internships Summer 2013

DFW Native Fisheries Research 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: Sacramento

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: Up to two (2) internships are available to work with fisheries biologists collecting biological and environmental data from regional and field offices throughout the State of California. Each intern will work side-by-side with Department biologists collecting biological and environmental data on native fish species to better understand the habitats and watersheds that they have and currently occupy. Tasks include: assisting with Scientific Collection Permit reviews, assisting with listed and protected species permit reviews, conducting electronic and phone surveys, data mining, determining extent of habitat utilization, identification of data and information gaps, determining range within variables and relating values between and among studies. 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 research study design. This may require the intern to communicate with scientists around the state by phones, e-mails, and/or office visits.

Preferred Experience and Capabilities: Experience and strong capabilities in Excel, Access, ArcGIS extensions, and mega-databases are necessary. Also knowledge of California native fish ecology or biology and their habitats is a plus. Core internship duties may be performed by students with physical disabilities or limitations.

Skills Gained: Interns will gain experience working directly with expert fisheries biologists and leading scientists on native fish research to help restore populations. Specific skills include data transfer and transformation, research permitting review and application processing, literature research and participation in applied research.

Eligibility / Requirements: Internships are geared toward upperclassmen (juniors/seniors) and science graduate students. A valid California State driver’s license is required. Intern must be 18 years or older. Intern must be able to work independently and interact in a 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. Travel may be required to regional and field offices. Interns will be required to become volunteers for the Department.