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POSITION TITLE: Manatee Photo-Identification Intern
Summer or Winter internships only.
The intern’s primary responsibility will be to assist research staff in their efforts to identify and document individual manatees that are utilizing springs within the central Florida counties of Marion, Putnam, Lake and Volusia. The identification of individual manatees provides insight regarding manatee movements, site fidelity, habitat choice, behavior, survivability and reproductive rates. Data will be collected using a polarized digital camera or underwater camera from either a boat or kayak in such a manner that will not disturb manatees while they find refuge in the warm water habitat. Interns will also assist with data entry, scar sketching, photo processing and upkeep of field equipment.
The internship will span over a five month period May 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021 with a minimum commitment of three days per week for four months requirement. The position does require applicant to work early mornings with most field work completion occurring before 5pm. Applicant should be flexible as plans can change last minute or emergencies can arise without notice.
Applicant should be geographically located in the central to north-central Florida area able to access the focused study area along the Ocklawaha River near Ocala to Leesburg. Travel to the northeast field office located west of St. Augustine will be required monthly for data processing and compilation. There is no compensation for this internship position and successful applicants will be responsible for their own housing and transportation. Priority will be given to candidates who can commit for longer periods.
The ideal candidate should be a self-starter, detail oriented, readily able to adapt to change, comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions (specifically cold conditions) and able to work independently if needed. Proficient kayaker capable of paddling up to three miles or for long durations with the ability to swim sufficiently to save oneself. Must have a valid driver’s license, be 21 or older, and possess own form of transportation and able to lift at least 50lbs. Having a sense of humor is considered a plus!
Previous experience working with wildlife; Prior experience using DSLR cameras, lenses and filters. Proficient boat-handling skills in open water and capable of trailering a boat under intense traffic conditions. Knowledge of data collection methodology and the principle techniques for research analysis. Excellent communication skills with public speaking experience.
*This is an unpaid internship. Housing and transportation will be the responsibility of the intern.