Host: NOAA Fisheries is responsible for the stewardship of the nation's living ocean resources in order to maintain productive and sustainable fisheries and to facilitate the recovery and conservation of protected and endangered marine species. The
NOAA Fisheries, Southwest Fisheries Science Center's (SWFSC)
Environmental Research Division (ERD) is a climate-focused research group, developing science-based analyses, products, and information on environmental variability. NOAA CoastWatch develops and distributes satellite-based data products for monitoring environmental conditions in the world's oceans to support the work of coastal scientists and resource managers. The
West Coast Regional Node (WCN) of CoastWatch and the ERD maintain a partnership to study and monitor U.S. coastal ocean resources and meet the nation’s needs for fisheries research and management.
Location and Format: CoastWatch is based in Santa Cruz but this internship will be completely remote and can be done from anywhere in CA.
Internship Dates: June 1 - August 16, 2023
Time Commitment: The internship is a full time, 11-week commitment. 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: The CoastWatch WCN, in partnership with the ERD, distributes data, develops new products, and provides training to help users incorporate satellite data into research and management projects. Examples of CoastWatch projects can be found on the
West Coast Regional Node website. One (1) internship is offered to work with WCN and ERD staff to expand satellite-based products and improve instructional materials for our training efforts. Depending on the background of the intern, possible projects include:
The duties may include:
The intern will be encouraged to attend online science talks given by NOAA fisheries scientists. At the end of the internship, the intern will be expected to give an informal presentation to the ERD/CoastWatch team summarizing the results of their activities.
Skills Gained: The intern will learn how to work with large satellite datasets using online data services and how to use Python or R programs to extract data from the service. They will learn about basic satellite metadata standards, such as the Climate and Forecast (CF) conventions, and about the structure and use of satellite files using the R or Python programming language. In addition, the intern will be exposed to current research and monitoring efforts underway at SWFSC and CoastWatch. Results from the intern's successfully completed activities will be incorporated into the ERD/CoastWatch operations with attribution suitable for inclusion in the intern's CV or portfolio.
Eligibility/Requirements: In order to be accepted for the internship, the candidate may be required to undergo and pass a Federal background check. If required, the process for the background check needs to be initiated at least one month in advance of the intern's start date. The intern will work remotely and will need to have access to a computer with the necessary open-source software installed. Applicants are also subject to general eligibility requirements.