Flats Ecology and Conservation Internship
The Cape Eleuthera Institute is accepting applications for Research Internships in the Flats Ecology and Conservation Program (FECP), Eleuthera, The Bahamas.
The Flats Ecology and Conservation Program (FECP) is seeking qualified intern applicants to assist with projects addressing ecological problems associated with bonefish and other flats/mangrove species. Current projects include: the behavioural and physiological response of mangrove fish to altered sea water conditions, thermal biology of mangrove fish movement patterns and growth of adult bonefish, habitat use and community associations of juvenile bonefish, and the impact of anthropogenic alterations to mangrove ecosystems.
Successful intern applicants will contribute directly to on-going flats research at The Cape Eleuthera Institute which may include: feeding and monitoring health of bonefish in captivity, monitoring water quality parameters, observing behaviour of bonefish in an experimental setting, use standardized sampling techniques to capture and release bonefish as part of a Bahamas-wide tagging program, capture of marine fish and invertebrates, assessing the metabolic consequences of future climate change on flats species, and organizing logistics for field and laboratory work. In addition, interns will have some opportunities to assist with the flats ecology student research course at The Island School and The Cape Eleuthera Institute. There may be additional opportunities to work alongside other scientists at CEI and their research projects. This role allows the intern to improve their teaching skills, as well as to learn about bonefish life history, reproductive biology, movement patterns, physiological characteristics, and best handling practices by anglers. In addition, the intern will learn about experimental design, scientific method, and data analysis, as well as improve their communication skills. Secondary responsibilities involve assisting with other research projects at CEI, which may include, but are not limited to: cobia aquaculture, aquaponics, patch reef ecology, and lionfish invasions.
Applicant should have a background in marine sciences, natural resource management, biology, or a related field. Boating, field, SCUBA/snorkelling experience and wilderness medical certification (WFR, WAFA, etc.) are beneficial, but not required.
Applicant should be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, and Power Point.
Knowledge of marine sampling techniques and boating experience are a plus, but not required.
$700 per month
Costs cover room and board, three meals a day on campus, airport transfers, internet, professional development and networking activities. Based on program schedule interns may have opportunity to experience kayaking, snorkelling, swimming, community outreach and island exploration.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references in a single PDF file at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duration Spring: Jan 20th - June 15th 2014