Title: 2021 Internship - Fisheries Ecology Lab
Date Posted: December 8, 2020
Deadline: January 31, 2021

Job Details:

The Fisheries Ecology Lab is seeking interns to work under the faculty direction of Dr. Sean Powers at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab on a wide variety of projects in waters adjacent to Dauphin Island, a gulf barrier island in the northern Gulf of Mexico fringing the Mobile Bay estuary. Paid internships are available throughout the 2021 field season. Preference is given to those who can participate for a minimum of a six-month commitment.

Internships in the Fisheries Ecology Lab involve hands-on participation in ongoing research. Qualified applicants will have the opportunity to assist with studies in Fisheries Ecology in the northern Gulf of Mexico that involve a variety of fish (bony fishes, sharks, and rays) and shellfish from both offshore and inshore locales. Interns will gain experience with various sampling techniques used in fisheries research, as well as associated laboratory sample processing. Potential candidates will work closely with a variety of lab personnel, including principal investigators, post-docs, current graduate students, and lab technicians.

Eligibility: Recent graduates or graduating seniors with a BS or BA in biological or life sciences (or related field). Must be a United States citizen.

Stipend: $400/wk

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of MESC/Dauphin Island Sea Lab to affirm and dedicate itself to a primary principle of affirmative action and nondiscrimination. 

Job Requirements:

  • B.S. or B.A. in biological or life sciences (Note: must be graduated by the start of the internship)
  • Minimum of a 6-month commitment
  • Willingness to quarantine for 10 days after arrival
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule, which may include weekends, evenings, and holidays
  • Willingness and capacity to spend long days on a boat, potentially in extreme weather conditions
  • Ability to handle heavy physical work: lifting, pushing, or pulling up to 40 pounds

Interns will be required to participate heavily in field-based activities, which are sometimes characterized by long hours and potentially arduous conditions. Much of the research conducted at the lab is by boat, thus experience on marine vessels is helpful though not a requirement. Travel across the Gulf of Mexico in support of various field projects may be required. Overall, the lab is looking for committed and dependable individuals that are highly motivated to participate in our diverse research program.

Job Contact:

The application is a fillable Google form and can be accessed here. No letters of recommendation are necessary. If selected for an interview, we will contact the provided references. If you have questions, you may contact Crystal Hightower via chightower@disl.org or (251) 861-2141 x 2384.