Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) is one of 14 special marine protected areas designated and administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. MBNMS manages diverse and productive marine ecosystems through a combination of regulatory and non-regulatory programs. MBNMS programs focus on conducting and coordinating research and monitoring, organizing and carrying out education and outreach within local communities, and, most importantly, ensuring natural resources are protected while allowing uses that are sustainable.
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:The MBNMS’s current
Management Plan, a collaborative document that provides important guidance for sanctuary programs and operations, was published in 2008 and is currently being reviewed and revised through the
Management Plan Review (MPR) process. The new Management Plan (MP), when finalized, will reflect new partners, new issues and new opportunities that have emerged since the 2008 MP, and will ensure that the MBNMS's natural and cultural resources are better understood and continue to be protected through management informed by current knowledge. One (1) internship is offered with MBNMS to work on one or more of the following tasks in support of the MPR and the ultimate development of the 2016 Draft Management Plan:
Position Description and Responsibilities:
Preferred Experience and Capabilities: Experience or academic training in resource management or habitat protection. The successful candidate must be highly organized with the ability to work independently as well as within a team setting, and able to effectively communicate (orally and in writing). Ideal candidates should be self-motivated, creative, innovative, and comfortable working with a diverse team in a collaborative environment. Also important is the ability to effectively manage multiple projects, and enthusiasm about marine science, stewardship and conservation. Proficiency in using computers is essential and familiarity with Mac computers a plus, as is graphic design experience.
Skills Gained: The intern will learn about management plan review efforts underway at MBNMS, and gain an understanding of the how NOAA Sanctuary Management Plans support resource management and how they are developed in a public process. Additionally, the intern will gain experience in the development of public outreach materials, working with a small team, and working independently to plan and create a product to enhance sanctuary conservation. Intern will learn how to operate within a small professional office and interact with management and operational staff.
Eligibility/Requirements: The internship is intended for an upper-class undergraduate student (juniors/seniors) or graduate student, in good academic standing with their university. A valid California State driver’s license is required. Intern must be 18 years or older.
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