COAST Student Internships Summer 2022

​​California Department of Fish and Wildlife ​Marine Region 

Southern California Marine Invertebrate Fisheries Management Internship


Host: The mission of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)  is to mana​ge 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: San Diego ​(map​) (planning for in-person participation but hybrid or remote participation may be offered or required based on circumstances).

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 the San Diego office to conduct research on crustaceans and mollusks including California spiny lobster, crab, shrimp, prawn, abalone, and giant keyhole limpets to inform management of these important commercial and recreational fisheries. Depending on needs, the interns may assist with a variety of projects including:

  • ​​​Testing methods for determining lobster age. 
  • Building an underwater unit to estimate lobster size underwater.​
  • Developing lobster outreach materials.​
  • Supporting the regulatory change process.​
  • White abalone population restoration.​
  • Abalone field surveys.​
  • Writing field and data reports.​​

​The interns will also learn about the ongoing management processes of data collection, entry, management, and analysis as well as preparation of materials for presentations and reports. If possible, the interns will be given a leadership role in an aspect of field and/or laboratory investigations. During the field components of the work, the interns will accompany scientists on the CDFW research vessels. This position requires acting as part of a team of researchers and may include occasional lifting of heavy scuba and research gear. 

Preferred Experience and Capabilities: These internships require excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills. Experience with MS Office is desired. Experience with dissecting and compound microscopes is desired. Knowledge of marine invertebrate taxonomy and ecology is a plus. Understanding of statistical concepts and methods and familiarity with the statistical program R is also a plus. Applicants should be comfortable and willing to work on small and large boats and must be able to swim.

Skills Gained: The interns will learn about the link between science and management of several crustacean fisheries employing multiple gear types. The interns will gain field and boating experience. In addition, interns will strengthen scientific writing, data analysis, and coding (using R) skills. The interns will gain experience working with a team of investigators in field, laboratory, and professional settings. The interns will assist with or may take a leadership role in designing and executing hypothesis-based research and translating that information so that it is relevant for management.

Eligibility/Requirements: Intern must be able to work independently and interact in a professional manner with the public and other CDFW staff. Intern must be able to keep excellent notes and organize various streams of information into technical reports. Intern must be able to get to the San Diego field office daily and occasionally to Mission Bay or San Diego Bay marinas and boat ramps. Travel may be required aboard research vessels to execute this project. Intern must be able to lift 50 pounds and must be able to swim. ​Applicants are also subject to general eligibility requirements.

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