COAST Student Internships Summer 2013

DFW Southern California Sport Fisheries 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: Los Alamitos (Orange 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: At least one (1) internship is available working with Department biologists to collect essential fishery information pertaining to the kelp bass, barred sand bass, white seabass, and halibut fisheries. Field sampling sites may include the nearshore waters of Ventura, Santa Monica Bay, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Los Alamitos Bay, Huntington Beach, San Diego Bay, and the Channel Islands. Each intern will work alongside experienced fisheries biologists in field, laboratory, and office settings, with the majority of work occurring in the field. Sampling will take place on Department research vessels, commercial sport fishing vessels, and/or at commercial fish markets. Interns will also assist with data entry and editing and equipment maintenance. Interns will be responsible for maintaining the projectís fish collection and updating the scientific literature database.

Preferred Experience and Capabilities: Experience with salt water fishing, recording field data, and knowledge of the southern California fish fauna is preferred. Small boat handling and Microsoft Access skills are a plus. 

Experience to be Gained: Interns will gain hands-on experience in conducting marine fisheries research and learn its applications for fisheries management. Specific skills gained include fish identification, fish handling, working on boats, small boat handling, performing data quality control and assurance procedures, and experience with different sampling methods and gear types.

Eligibility / Requirements: The internship(s) are intended for upperclassmen (juniors/seniors) and graduate students. A valid California State driver’s license is required. Intern must be 18 years or older. Applicants must have completed courses in ichthyology, statistics, and either marine biology or ecology. Interns must be able to lift and handle heavy equipment (up to 50 lbs), work on boats in rough weather and working conditions, and handle live fish. Interns must be able to keep excellent field notes, get along well with others, maintain professionalism, and be reliable. Travel may be required to regional and field offices. Interns will be required to become volunteers for the Department.