Host:Marine Applied Research & Exploration (MARE) provides technology, offshore operations and biological expertise needed for exploration and monitoring of deep-water marine environments - those beyond the reach of SCUBA divers. MARE collaborates with scientists, resource managers and environmental organizations to obtain geo-referenced habitat and species data with the goal of protecting and restoring marine ecosystems. MARE was founded as a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization in 2003.
Over the past 18 years, MARE has used remotely operated vehicles (ROV’s) to survey deep-sea marine environments in support of 1) long-term monitoring of established marine protected areas (MPAs); 2) fisheries management; 3) exploration of deep-sea coral and sponge habitats; and 4) monitoring of species composition shifts associated with climate change. Project partners include the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, NOAA, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, The Nature Conservancy and several academic institutions.
Location: Blue Lake, CA; planning for in-person participation in an office setting 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 MARE cruise schedule and 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. 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: One (1) internship is available to work side-by-side with MARE marine biologists, GIS analysts, and engineers to further develop MARE’s website and improve online engagement. Primary tasks will include:
Preferred Experience and Capabilities: Intern must have a good working knowledge of the WordPress web building platform. Core internship duties involve the independent use of this knowledge on a daily basis.
Skills Gained: This is the perfect opportunity for a motivated, creative, and organized person to gain experience supporting a marine research organization. The intern will work directly with marine fisheries scientists and the visual data collected using underwater robotics, expanding their understanding of deep-water marine research. The intern will also gain an understanding of marine sciences and policies as they relate to MPAs, fisheries management and climate change, while expanding their skills at website design.
Eligibility/Requirements: Intern must be a self-starter, able to work independently, and interact in a professional manner with marine biologists, engineers and support staff at all levels. Also, interns must have the ability to follow verbal procedures, record daily notes and fully understand any information presented in written format. Applicants are also subject to
general eligibility requirements.
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