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Right Whale Ecology Habitat Internship

Center for Coastal Studies

The Center for Coastal Studies (CCS), a nonprofit institution dedicated to the understanding and protection of our coastal environment and marine ecosystems, is seeking a seasonal Right Whale Ecology Program intern from January 02 - May 30th, 2024. This long-term project focuses on documenting the abundance, distribution, and behavior of North Atlantic right whales and their food resource in Cape Cod Bay and adjacent Massachusetts waters. The intern will assist the habitat research associate in the collection and processing of zooplankton in the field and lab. Fieldwork responsibilities include zooplankton collection through tow and pump techniques, marine observer, and environmental data collector. Lab responsibilities include zooplankton species identification and counts, plastics analysis, archiving samples, data entry and maintenance, and maintaining field equipment.

Minimum Requirements

- A college degree, preferably in biological/ environmental sciences

- Good memorization skills and strong attention to details

- Basic computer literacy and experience using Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Word, PowerPoint). Experience with database entry and management is preferred

- Experience working on boats, ability to withstand harsh elements, and not be prone to serious seasickness

- Must be able to live and work well in a team

- Enthusiasm and willingness to learn field and lab-based research methods

- Ability to work well under pressure

Preferred Qualifications:

- Plankton identification

- Microscopy experience

- Vessel observer experience

- Not prone to seasickness

- A valid US driver’s license

The successful applicant will be required to work a minimum of five full days per week and will need to be flexible for research cruises due to weather constrictions. The intern will often process zooplankton samples independently in the lab, thus responsible, detail-oriented applicants are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be available for the full five months and must be willing to work weekends, holidays and evenings as needed. Housing will be provided, as well as a small stipend to cover general living expenses. International applicants must secure their own visas or other required documentation.

How to Apply:

The application package should include one pdf that includes:

1) A cover letter describing your specific interests in marine mammal science, internship qualifications, and how the experience would assist you in reaching career goals

2) CV/resume

3) The names and contact information of three references

Application materials must be e-mailed to: with the following text in the subject line: 2024 RW habitat internship.