COAST-CDFG Student Internships Summer 2011

North Coast Abalone Research Internship

Internship Dates: April 1 thru September 24, 2011-Start and end dates flexible with regard to students’ academic commitments

Location: Mendocino, Sonoma, Humboldt Counties

Hours per week: Up to 40, plus some weekends

Position Description and Responsibilities: Up to four (4) internships are available to work with fisheries biologists collecting biological and environmental data in nearshore coastal areas along Northern California. Each intern will work side-by-side with Department biologists in the field taking biological and environmental measurements. Peak fieldwork times will be one Friday and Saturday in the three spring months April, May, and June and again in July, August and September. Interns would use their biology, statistics and fieldwork skills to work with collecting red abalone data from the recreational red abalone fishery. Interns will be based at the Bodega Marine Laboratory in Bodega Bay, California. Interns will work counting and measuring red abalone in the field, caring and maintaining red abalone in laboratory experiments as well as assisting with data analyses. Interns will be responsible for completing all tasks assigned under the direct supervision of a lead biologist to meet all scientific goals and objectives of the research study design. This may require the intern to control equipment and data logs during sampling in harsh weather conditions while accurately and legibly recording data.

Preferred Experience and Capabilities: Experience in marine research, carrying equipment up to 50 pounds, working in remote locations, working out of small boats, making invertebrate 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 abalone monitoring and research to restore their populations. Specific skills include data collection in near shore coastal areas, invertebrate and fish identification, field collection of fisheries data, data analysis, and participation in applied research.

Eligibility/Requirements: Internships are geared toward upperclassmen (juniors/seniors) and science graduate students. Valid California State driver’s license is required. Interns must be 18 years or older. Interns must have education/training in biology, ecology, statistics, and field research techniques. Interns will be required to become volunteers for the Department.