National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is dedicated to protecting and preserving our nation's living marine resources through scientific research, fisheries management, enforcement, and habitat conservation. The NMFS West Coast Region works to conserve, protect, and manage resources under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), and sustainably manage West Coast fisheries as guided by the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation Act. The
Protected Resources Division works to conserve and restore marine resources on the West Coast and is the region lead for ESA policy and coordination, recovery planning and implementation for marine species other than salmon and steelhead, and management and conservation of marine mammals under the MMPA.
Location: Based in Long Beach at the NMFS West Coast Region Office and at the
Southern California Marine Institute (SCMI) in San Pedro; occasional travel to other captive abalone facilities and field sites throughout southern California as needed.
Internship Dates: June 6 - August 19, 2016; start and end dates flexible with regard to student’s academic commitments.
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 pro-rated.
Internship Focus:NMFS works in collaboration with many partners to protect and conserve abalone species along the U.S. West Coast, by monitoring and evaluating the status of the species, developing and implementing protections, and carrying out on-the-ground conservation efforts. Currently, white abalone and black abalone species are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and green abalone, pink abalone, and pinto abalone species are listed as NMFS Species of Concern. This internship with NMFS consists of two components and will involve working in an office setting, in a lab, and in the field:
Preferred Experience and Capabilities: This internship will require excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills. Experience with data management (MS Office and Access Database) is desired. Fluency in Spanish is desired, but not required, because the intern may be contacting Mexican scientists as well as U.S. scientists for data. Dive experience and previous experience working with abalone conservation, monitoring, and/or captive rearing and propagation is a plus. Intern must have the ability to participate in a team-oriented process while taking initiative and working independently.
NOTE: Scientific diving is NOT required for placement in this internship. However, if you are a current scientific diver, you may have the opportunity to participate in NOAA-led dives as part of this internship.
Skills Gained: The intern will gain perspective on science, management, and policy issues related to NMFS, the ESA, and abalone conservation in California. The intern will gain experience working with a small team and working independently to gather, evaluate, and synthesize information into a comprehensive status review document for green abalone and pink abalone. The intern will also gain hands-on experience working with a dynamic group to implement on-the-ground abalone conservation efforts, ranging from captive breeding and rearing to outplanting. The intern will learn how to operate in a professional office and interact with NMFS colleagues and partners at conservation organizations, universities, and state and federal agencies. The intern will be able to contribute to abalone conservation efforts in southern California.
Eligibility/Requirements: The internship is intended for upperclassmen (juniors/seniors) and graduate students. Intern must be 18 years or older. Intern is not required to drive but must be able to get to both the Long Beach Office and to SCMI. Applicants must be able to work independently and interact in a professional manner with the project partners, the public, researchers, and other NMFS staff. Intern must be able to keep excellent notes and organize various streams of information into technical reports. Travel may be required to abalone facilities throughout southern California and aboard research vessels as needed to execute this project. Applicants who wish to participate in SCUBA diving operations must include with their application: 1) a letter of reciprocity from their university’s dive safety officer (DSO) indicating that they are certified and authorized as a scientific diver (and will be for the duration of the internship) and 2) a short paragraph detailing their diving experience in temperate kelp forest conditions. They must also meet the following requirements:
A Federal background investigation, to include fingerprints and character references, is required. Applicants are also subject to additional eligibility and requirements that can be found
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