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2012 Summer Internship Program
Posting Date:  January 27, 2012
Closing Date:  February 28, 2012

Gulf of Maine Research Institute & The University of Maine

2012 Summer Internship Program, Portland, Maine

Description of Internship: The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) and the University of Maine (UMaine) are seeking paid interns for the summer of 2012. Based at the GMRI research facility in Portland, Maine, internships are available in the following areas:

  • Ecosystem Modeling and ClimateChange Internship - We are seeking up to two interns to assist with various ongoing research projects.
  • Fishing Gear Technology - Technology studies will involve a balanced mix of field (i.e. fishing gear sampling, data collection, etc.) and lab (project design, gear preparation and maintenance) work, working with both researchers and commercial fishermen.
  • Communications This will involve documenting GMRIs work to share with the interested public, with an emphasis on making our science accessible to non-scientific audiences.
  • Education Resource Developer Collaborate with one of GMRIs senior education staff to research and build species identification cards that empower novices to make accurate identifications of Maines native and invasive species. Experiment with a community-based approach to building these cards.

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GMRI will begin reviewing applications after 5 pm on February 28th; applications received after this time will be reviewed only if internship positions have not already been filled.

Internships Available

Fishing Gear Technology Internship - GMRI will be hiring 1-2 Gear Technology Interns.

  • Fishing gear research at GMRI is integral to a number of ongoing research projects. Our projects bring together fishermen, scientists, net makers, managers, and others to find solutions to economic and environmental problems afflicting the groundfish fishery. The type of work you can expect to be involved in is as follows:
  • Monitoring and testing gear modifications to improve gear selectivity and minimize the catch of non-target species in the Northeast groundfish fishery
  • Demonstrating fishing gear equipment and gear configurations on groundfish vessels, to encourage the adoption of fishing techniques that can help improve gear selectivity and minimize discards in the groundfish industry
  • Test fishing gear modifications to reduce drag forces and fuel consumption.

Qualifications: Successful candidates must work well in a team setting both in the laboratory and in the field; field collections may include multi-day trips to sea aboard industry vessels or driving to field sites. Other assets include an eye for detail, a steady hand, and a general eagerness to learn about the Gulf of Maine ecosystem.

Successful candidates in the fishing gear technology area will also have a strong background in biology, strong quantitative skills, and preferably working toward or completing a degree in ecology or a related discipline.

To apply for a Fishing Gear Technology internship Click Here , you will be navigating away from the GMRI website.

Ecosystem Modeling and ClimateChange Internship - We are seeking up to two interns to assist with various ongoing research projects including:

  • Comparing historical patterns of plankton and fish abundance to climate records
  • Using mathematical orcomputational models to understand the dynamics of plankton and fish in theGulf of Maine and North Atlantic
  • Forecasting the impact of climate change on key zooplankton and fish species

Qualifications: Successful candidates must work well in a team setting both in the laboratory and in the field; field collections may include multi-day trips to sea aboard industry vessels or driving to field sites. Other assets include an eye for detail, a steady hand, and a general eagerness to learn about the Gulf of Maine ecosystem.

Successful candidates in the ecosystem modeling and climate change internship will also have training in math and computer programming and preferably a background in oceanography.

To apply for a Ecosystem Modeling and Climate Change Internship Click Here , You will be navigating away from the GMRI website.

Communications Internship

  • Identifying timely and relevant stories about GMRIs science, education, and community programs that may be of interest to members of the marine community, middle school students and teachers, and the general public.
  • Interviewing program staff and project partners to obtain information about GMRIs activities and/or relevant issues in our various market spaces.
  • Collecting video footage and photos, both in our lab and in the field, to support story development.
  • Writing copy for a variety of print and electronic publications.
  • Editing and producing short videos.
  • Supporting the creative use of social networking tools to further GMRIs outreach and communications goals.

Qualifications: Successful candidates in science communications will have experience in writing, photography, and videography or a strong willingness to learn.

To apply to the Communications Internship Click Here, you will be navigating away from the GMRI website.

Education Resource Developer Internship

  • Research priority species for identifying characteristics
  • Write clear descriptions and find appropriately licensed photographs of key characteristics
  • Use Microsoft Access to input text and photographs in our existing ID card forms
  • Communicate via email and phone with species experts in the Vital Signs community to refine ID cards
  • Publish YOUR cards to the website for the Vital Signs community to use!
  • Experiment with recruiting Vital Signs community members to provide information and photographs for new ID cards
  • Document challenges and opportunities for a community-based approach to building ID cards

Qualifications: Successful candidates for the education resource developer internship will have basic familiarity with species identification, solid research skills, ability to write clearly, an eye for detail, and an openness to learn.

To apply for the Education Resource Developer Internship Click Here, you will be navigating away from the GMRI website.

Further Information

For more information about the internship program, please contact Emily Ingwersen (emily@gmri.org), please note that we will not be accepting resumes to this email address.

For additional information about the host institutions, please visit www.gmri.org.

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