COAST-CDFG Student Internships Summer 2011

Southern California Sport Fisheries Internship

nternship Dates: June 1 through August 31, 2011 – Official start and end dates are flexible.

Location: Based out of Los Alamitos, CA (Orange Co.), with field activities conducted in near shore marine habitats throughout the Southern California Bight.

Hours per week: Up to 20

Position Description and Responsibilities: Up to two (2) internships are available working with fisheries biologists to collect essential fishery information pertaining to the kelp bass and barred sand bass sport fisheries. Field sampling sites include the near shore waters of Ventura, Santa Monica Bay, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Los Alamitos Bay, Huntington Beach, San Diego Bay, and Santa Catalina Island. Each intern will work alongside Department biologists in field, laboratory, and office settings, with the majority of work occurring in the field. Interns will assist with fish collection using traps, hook-and-line, and beam trawl. Sampling will take place on Department research vessels or on commercial sport fishing vessels. Interns will also assist with data entry and editing, fish dissections (including otolith and gonad extractions), and equipment maintenance. Interns will be responsible for maintaining the project’s 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 experience in the area of marine fisheries research. Specific skills gained include fish identification, fish handling, sampling methods, working on boats, small boat handling, and performing data quality control and assurance procedures.

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 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 conditions, and handle live fish. Interns must be able to keep excellent field notes, get along well with others, maintain professionalism, and be reliable.