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COAST Student Internships Summer 2017

​​California State Lands Commission

Marine Invasive Species Program 

Vessel Biofouling Management Internship


Host: California State Lands Commission – Marine Invasive Species Program (CSLC-MISP)

The CSLC-MISP is a statewide program tasked with developing and implementing science-based policies to reduce the risk of introducing aquatic nonindigenous species into California waters through commercial shipping activities. The CSLC-MISP accomplishes this goal by identifying and funding targeted research, convening stakeholder discussions to inform policy development, and conducting outreach and enforcement of existing policies.

Location: Based in Long Beach with regular travel to Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and occasional travel to CSLC offices in Sacramento and Hercules (SF Bay). 

Internship Dates: June 5 - August 18, 2017; start and end dates are flexible with regard to student’s academic commitments.

Stipend: $5,000

Time Commitment: The internship is a full time, 11-week commitment. Over the 11-week period, 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: Vessel biofouling refers to the organisms associated with the underwater surfaces of vessels (e.g. barnacles), and is believed to be responsible for up to 60% of the currently established nonindigenous species in California’s coastal and estuarine waters. The CSLC-MISP is responsible for the development, adoption, and implementation of regulations to reduce the risk of biofouling-mediated introductions of nonindigenous species into California waters. 

One (1) internship is available to work with MISP scientists on two projects associated with the development and implementation of vessel biofouling management policies:

​1. Investigating, reviewing, and documenting the status of in-water vessel cleaning technologies. Primary tasks for this project include:

​-Collecting data, reports, or any available information on existing or emerging technologies.

​​-Preparing a status report on the capabilities, limitations, and regulations surrounding in-water vessel cleaning technologies.

2. Collecting and processing digital images captured by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to estimate percentage cover of biofouling organisms on vessel underwater surfaces. Primary tasks for this project include conducting regular ROV-based underwater surveys of a semi-resident vessel in Long Beach and using image processing software to estimate biofouling extent from the videos collected. If desired, and under supervision, the intern will have the flexibility to design additional survey components to answer research questions of interest.


​The intern will be required to produce a report focused on the collection and analysis of data collected during the internship and will present these results during informal brown bag talks to CSLC colleagues in Sacramento, Hercules, and Long Beach.

​Preferred Experience and Capabilities:  Experience in marine biology or related field is necessary. Basic knowledge of invertebrate taxonomy, invasion ecology, chemistry, remotely operated vehicles, and basic statistics is preferred but not required. Experience with Excel, PowerPoint, and video processing software is a plus. The intern must be well organized and be capable of effective oral and written communication.  

Skills Gained: The intern will gain a solid understanding of how shipping activities facilitate the movement of organisms around the world. The intern will gain firsthand experience working within a statewide program focused on prevention through vector management. The intern will have the opportunity to: 

​-​Interact with an extensive network of state, federal, and international scientists and other stakeholders.

​-Board commercial ships and interact with international ship crews.

-Operate an ROV and conduct structured underwater surveys.

​-Observe and participate in California’s process of developing and implementing policies/regulations that will impact a global industry.


​Eligibility/Requirements: This internship is geared toward upperclass (juniors/seniors) and graduate students. The intern must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license. The intern must be able to work independently and interact in a professional manner with MISP management, scientists and inspectors, and other stakeholders. The intern must be able to climb temporary stairs/gangways to board ships, and must be eligible to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) to gain access to ports. Travel to offices in Sacramento and Hercules (SF Bay) may be required. The intern is also subject to additional eligibility and requirements that can be found here​.


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