Host: The mission of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is to manage California's diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and for their use and enjoyment by the public. The
Marine Invertebrate Fisheries Management Team conducts ecosystem surveys, fisherman interviews, and laboratory-based ecological research to aid in science-based management of California’s marine invertebrate resources.
Location: Based in Bodega Bay (map) at the
University of California Davis Bodega Marine Lab (BML)
Internship Dates: June 1 - August 14, 2020; start and end dates flexible with regard to student’s academic commitments.
Time Commitment: The internship is a full time, 11-week commitment. Hours may occasionally include long days in the field (10-12 hours) and weekend days. 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.
NOTE: Scientific diving is NOT required for placement in this internship. However, if you are a current AAUS scientific diver, you may have the opportunity to participate in CDFW-led dives as part of this internship.
Position Description and Responsibilities: Two (2) internships are available working with CDFW scientists at BML to conduct research informing the management of California’s benthic marine invertebrate fisheries and kelp forest ecosystems. The intern will aid in preparing for and conducting field surveys of invertebrate fishery species such as Dungeness crab, urchins, abalone, and clams as well as feeding live animals housed in the CDFW laboratory at BML. The intern will also learn about the decline of the kelp forest in northern California and the increase in the densities of purple sea urchins. Duties will include providing support for laboratory experiments and fisher interviews to inform management. This position requires acting as part of a team of researchers, and may include occasional lifting of heavy scuba and research gear. The interns may also assist staff in ongoing abalone studies, which include data entry and analysis, as well as preparation of materials for presentations and reports. During the field components of the work, the interns may accompany scientists on the CDFW patrol boats and other small boats. Additionally, interns may lead a side project that is suited to their skills and experience provided it interests and satisfies CDFW needs. At the end of the internship, the interns will be expected to provide a report summarizing the results of the fisher interviews and field surveys.
Preferred Experience and Capabilities: This internship will require excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills. Experience with MS Office and Access Database is desired. AAUS research diver certification is a plus. Understanding of statistical concepts and methods is also a plus.
Skills Gained: The intern will learn about the link between science and management of nearshore marine invertebrate fisheries and conservation in California. The intern will gain experience working with a team of investigators as well as interacting with the public during fisher interviews and surveys. The intern will learn about the process of planning, executing, and presenting scientific research to inform management.
Eligibility/Requirements: Intern will be required to drive and must be able to get to the Bodega Marine Lab in Bodega Bay daily. Applicants must be able to work independently and interact in a professional manner with the public and other CDFW staff. Intern must be able to keep excellent notes and organize various streams of information into technical reports. Travel may be required in cars and aboard research vessels as needed to execute this project. Applicants are also subject to general eligibility requirements.