Host: The mission of the
California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is to manage California's diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and for their use and enjoyment by the public. The
Marine Invertebrate Fisheries Management Team conducts ecosystem surveys, fisherman interviews, and laboratory-based ecological research to aid in science-based management of California’s marine invertebrate resources.
Location: In-person at the
University of California Davis Bodega Marine Lab (BML) in Bodega Bay (map).
Internship Dates: June 1 - August 16, 2022; start and end dates flexible with regard to student’s academic commitments.
Stipend: $6,000. Up to $2,000 in additional funding will be available to students who must relocate to participate in the internship.
Time Commitment: The internship is a full time, 11-week commitment. Hours may occasionally include long days in the field (10-12 hours) and weekend days. Over the 11 weeks, the intern may take up to five days off for personal reasons, vacation or illness. If participation is less than 100%, the stipend will be prorated.
Position Description and Responsibilities: Two (2) internships are available working with CDFW scientists at BML to conduct research informing the management of California’s benthic marine invertebrate fisheries and kelp forest ecosystems. The interns will aid in preparing for and conducting field surveys of invertebrate fishery species such as sea urchins, abalone, and clams, as well as conducting experiments with live sea urchins housed in the CDFW laboratory at BML. The interns will also learn about the marine heatwaves, the collapse of the kelp forest in northern California, and the increase in the densities of purple sea urchins. The interns will gain hands-on experience working with sea urchins, including larval biology.
Duties will include providing support for laboratory experiments, database management, and fisher interviews to inform management and restoration. The interns may also assist staff in ongoing sea urchin studies, which include temperature treatments, data manipulation and analysis, as well as preparation of materials for presentations and reports. During the field components of the work, the interns may accompany scientists on the CDFW research boats. Additionally, interns will be encouraged to lead a side project that is suited to their skills, interests and experience that satisfies CDFW priority research needs. At the end of the internship, the interns will produce two reports summarizing the results of the summer’s work suitable for a scientific audience and a general public audience.
Preferred Experience and Capabilities: This internship requires excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills. Experience with MS Office and Access Database is desired. AAUS research diver certification is beneficial but not required. Understanding of statistical concepts and methods is also beneficial.
Skills Gained: The interns will learn about the link between science and management of nearshore marine invertebrate fisheries and conservation in California. The interns will gain experience working with a team of investigators as well as interacting with the public during fisher interviews and surveys. The interns will learn about the process of planning, executing, and presenting scientific research to inform management. The interns will learn about and conduct sea urchin research as part of a team.
Eligibility/Requirements: Interns must be able to work independently, interact in a professional manner with the public, and act as part of a team of researchers. Interns must be able to keep excellent notes and organize various streams of information into technical reports. This internship requires data entry and may involve extended computer time. Interns will be required to drive (must have valid driver’s license) and must be able to get to BML in Bodega Bay daily. Travel may be required in cars and aboard research vessels as needed to execute this project. This internship may include occasional lifting of heavy scuba and research gear. Applicants are also subject to
general eligibility requirements.