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COAST Student Internships Summer 2022

Mar​ine Applied Research and Exploration 

Marine Website and Outreach Developer​ Internship

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:

  1. Main task: Website and outreach development. Currently, MARE’s website is created using Weebly. We have begun migrating to a new platform, WordPress. The following tasks need to be completed: develop the style and functionality of the front end of the website, export/import content, set up links, update existing pages, develop new engaging content pages as needed, and test and update the new site.​
  2. ​​​​​Additional task: Developing an interactive searchable online map on MARE’s website to be used as an outreach tool. MARE has surveyed over 200 sites along the state of CA. We have developed a map that incorporates our efforts. This position will work to create and interactive online version of the map that displays information including species profiles, habitat composition and survey locations. The interactive map will allow users to search areas of interest and view bottom photos and videos of that location.​​

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. 

Previous course work or working knowledge of website development Microsoft PowerPoint, ArcMap online (or other online mapping platform) is preferred. 

Marine biology or marine fisheries experience is not necessary, but encouraged as website content relates to ROV surveys in the marine environment. Core internship duties may be performed by students with physical disabilities or limitations. 

​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. 

A portion of the intern’s time may be dedicated to completing a project and paper that is coordinated with academic class work. Previous interns have received recognition for their work in publications and have used MARE data in their master’s theses.

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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