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COAST Student Internships Summer 2019

​Mar​ine Applied Research and Exploration 

Marine GIS Analyst Internship

Host: Marine Applied Research & Exploration (MARE) provides technology, offshore operations and biological expertise needed for exploration and monitoring of deepwater marine environments - those beyond the reach of most divers. MARE collaborates with scientists, resource managers and environmental organizations to obtain geo-referenced habitat and species data with the goal of protecting and restoring marine ecosystems. MARE was founded as a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization in 2003.

Over the past 16 years, MARE has used remotely operated vehicles (ROV’s) to survey deep-sea marine environments in support of 1) long-term monitoring of established marine protected areas (MPAs); 2) fisheries management; 3) exploration of deep-sea coral and sponge habitats; and 4) monitoring of species composition shifts associated with climate change. Project partners include the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, NOAA, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, The Nature Conservancy and several academic institutions.

Location: Eureka (map)

Internship Dates: June 3 - August 16, 2019; start and end dates flexible with regard to MARE cruise schedule and student’s academic commitments.

Stipend: $5,000

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.  

Position Description and Responsibilities: One (1) internship is available to work side-by-side with MARE marine biologists. This position will be in an office environment in Eureka, CA, completing GIS-related activities. Primary tasks accomplished during this internship will support MARE’s marine survey projects and will include 

  1. Development of an organizational structure of archived GIS data including ROV position, habitat and species observations and geo-referenced imagery.
  2. Creation of a California statewide map that displays statewide bathymetric data, defined ROV survey site boundaries, ROV transects and archival imagery metadata using ArcGIS.
  3. Assist in design of a web-based interface for data visualization of the aforementioned California statewide map.

Other tasks may include GIS cleaning of ROV acoustic tracking data, basic photo identification of marine fish and/or invertebrates, and other tasks as assigned.

Preferred Experience and Capabilities: Experience with ArcGIS is required, as core internship duties involve the use of this software on a daily basis. Knowledge of MS Access and MS Excel is also preferred. Marine biology or marine fisheries experience is not necessary, but encouraged as all data relate to ROV surveys in the marine environment. Core internship duties may be performed by students with physical disabilities or limitations. 

​Skills Gained: This is the perfect opportunity for a motivated, creative, and organized person to gain experience supporting marine survey projects by using ArcGIS software. The intern will work directly with marine fisheries data giving them the understanding of what it’s like to put their practical knowledge to use. The intern may also gain taxonomic species identification skills for marine fishes and/or invertebrates and an understanding of current marine sciences and policies as they relate to MPAs, fisheries management and climate change. 

A portion of the intern’s time may be dedicated to completing a project and paper that is coordinated with academic class work. Previous interns have received recognition for their work in publications and have used MARE data in their master’s theses.

Eligibility/Requirements: Intern must be able to work independently and interact in a professional manner with engineers, marine biologists, and support staff at all levels. Also, interns must have the ability to follow verbal procedures, record daily notes and fully understand any information presented in written format. Applicants are also subject to general eligibility requirements.


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