COAST Student Internships Summer 2013

DFW Marine Recreational Fisheries Survey Design 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: San Mateo County and Monterey 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 working with fisheries biologists and statisticians to improve data collection methods and estimation procedures of the California Recreational Fisheries Survey (CRFS). The CRFS is the source of catch and effort data used to managing Californiaís marine recreational finfish fisheries and ensure the populations are sustained. Each intern will develop new skills working side-by-side with Department biologists and statisticians. Tasks will include: data mining, compiling data from a variety of sources, analyzing data, running simulations, writing reports documenting the results of analyses and assisting with drafting recommendations on sampling design and estimation procedures. Interns may also assist with data entry and quality control, database management and data collection in the field. 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 communicate with scientists around the state by phone, e-mail, and/or office visits.

Preferred Experience and Capabilities: Experience and strong capabilities in Access, Excel, Word and databases are necessary. Experience and capabilities in statistics, ArcGIS extensions and SAS are desirable. Knowledge of marine sport fisheries and California fish fauna is a plus. Core internship duties may be performed by students with physical disabilities or limitations.

Skills Gained: Interns will gain new experience working directly with expert fisheries biologists and statisticians on survey design. Specific skills include data analysis, report writing, database design, literature research, participation in applied research, data transfer and transformation, and performing data quality control and assurance procedures.

Eligibility/Requirements: Internships are geared toward upperclassmen (juniors/seniors) and science graduate students. Valid California State driverís license is required. Interns must be 18 years or older. Intern must be able to work independently and interact in a professional manner with computer science and information technology professionals, statisticians, and fisheries and environmental scientists at all levels. Also, interns must be detail-oriented and have 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.