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Marine Science Internships – Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Alabama
Alabama Center of Excellence (ALCoE) at Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Dauphin Island, Alabama
Date Posted 02/16/2022
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

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Alabama Center of Excellence (ALCoE) at Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Dauphin Island, Alabama
Job Category
$1000 biweekly stipend
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The Alabama Center of Excellence (ALCoE, www.alcoe.disl.edu) housed at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL), located on Dauphin Island, Alabama, is soliciting applications for two (2) Marine Science Interns to help conduct ecosystem-based monitoring along the Northern Gulf of Mexico under Drs. John Valentine and Ken Heck. The positions will be full-time one (1) year internships and we are looking to fill this position quickly. The start date is flexible with the preferred start date being April 1, 2022 and interns must arrive by May 16, 2022. Interns will assist with exploring how connectivity between coastal habitat types influences biodiversity and secondary production. Interns will also assist with research that is conducted in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution’s Marine Global Earth Observatory (MarineGEO) Network. Interns may also assist with experiments evaluating multistressor impacts on coastal ecology, and natural versus restored ecosystems’ performance under predicted future climatic conditions. Interns may also have the opportunity to develop individual research questions. Interns will receive training in fish and invertebrate sampling techniques and identification, and SAV and marsh identification and monitoring techniques. There may also be opportunities to learn other ecological field sampling techniques (oyster reef monitoring, fisheries sampling, and analytical methods) in a variety of marine environments. The work will be performed in a laboratory and outdoors. Laboratory work will involve long periods of sitting while entering data, sorting samples, and looking through a microscope, and outdoor work will sometimes involve long field days (>8 hours), possible exposure to adverse weather conditions (heat, rain, cold), and biting insects. The work requires physical exertion such as lifting or reaching to observe, collecting, or recording field data; or in some situations snorkeling and working off of a small (<25’) boat. Interns may need to lift heavy items (e.g., field gear up to 25 pounds) on a routine basis. Experience (although not necessary), as well as enthusiasm about marine research, are important aspects of a rewarding internship. This is a great opportunity for hands-on training in the field and laboratory. RESPONSIBILITIES: - Participate in field-based activities to assist with intensive, hypothesis-driven monitoring of critical nursery habitats, such as seagrass and marsh, in coastal Alabama. - Process samples in the lab, including, but not limited to, sorting and identifying epibenthic and infaunal organisms, processing seagrass shoots samples, and processing sediment samples. - Collaborate with other members of the lab group, including, but not limited to, the ALCoE Postdoctoral Marine Scholar and Lead Technician, and members of the labs of Drs. John Valentine and Ken Heck. - Perform other general lab duties.
QUALIFICATIONS: - Undergraduate Degree in Marine Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, Oceanography, Engineering, or closely related field (<2 year post undergraduate degree preferred). - Excellent verbal and written communication skills. - Positions are open to U.S. citizens and residents only. TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION: - Submit application at: https://forms.gle/fAPD6bJCve82b58o7 - Here are a few things you will need for your application: - Lists of your relevant coursework, research experiences, and skills. - Your response to “What would you like to gain from this internship?” (300 words or less). - Contact information for 2 references. - (optional) CV limited to 2 pages. - Review of applications will begin February 25, 2022. The position will be open until final candidates are identified. - The positions are available for a 1 year period with a preferred start date of April 1, 2022, although this is flexible and will be discussed during applicant interviews.
Contact Person
Dr. Shayna Sura

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