COAST Student Internships Summer 2013

DFW Coastal Salmonid Habitat 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. DFG 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: Up to two (2) internships are available to work with fisheries biologists collecting biological and environmental data in coastal streams in Mendocino County. Each intern will work side-by-side with Department biologists in the field taking biological and environmental measurements in multiple 3-km reaches of coastal streams. Tasks include: wading surveys, determining the extent of spawning habitat, snorkeling to count and identify fish, measuring all in-stream habitat variables, measuring stream flow, quantifying habitat types and related physical stream structures. 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 control equipment during sampling in harsh weather conditions while accurately and legibly recording data.

Preferred Experience and Capabilities: Experience back packing (carrying equipment up to 50 pounds), working in remote locations, using PDA, using GPS, using electronic data probes, survey tools, making fish 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 salmon and steelhead monitoring and research to restore fish populations. Specific skills include data collection in California coastal streams, anadromous fish identification, field collection of fisheries data, 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. Intern must be able to pass a swim test within the first week of internship, work from small boats, and work in all weather conditions, handle live fish, handle heavy equipment and gear. Also, the intern must have the ability to observe and record biological information and the ability to get along well with others and maintain professionalism during fieldwork. Interns will be required to become volunteers for the Department.