Environmental Interpretation and Field Research Internship

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Cape Ann Whale Watch
415 Main St.
Gloucester, MA
Posted: January 06 2017
Application Deadline: March 1, 2017
Position: 7 Full-time, Unpaid

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Description

Cape Ann Whale Watch is accepting applications for its Field Research and Marine Education Internship. Based in Gloucester, MA and member of the World Cetacean Alliance, our whale watch boat takes between 150 and 250 passengers a day on whale watches in and around the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. We work to educate passengers about marine life and to foster a sense of environmental awareness, respect and responsibility. This internship will allow you to gain hands-on experience in field research, educational techniques, and the general workings of being on a whale watch boat.

The deadline for application is March 15, however early application is strongly encouraged. Applicants will be notified by the end of March. The whale watching season begins in early May and it runs through October. During this time, we ask that interns devote at least 10-12 weeks to the internship (5 days a week)

Responsibilities

Interns are the core of the education program at Cape Ann Whale Watch. They work collaboratively with the naturalist to help accomplish our goal of educating people about whales and fostering a stronger appreciation and respect for whales and the ocean environment. Educators circulate the boat with hands-on teaching tools to educate the public about whales and their environment. Once the actual whale watching begins, the naturalist provides interpretive commentary while the interns collect data on whale behavior and identification for our research. Interns have the opportunity to take identification photos and photo-ID the whales we are seeing.

Interns work 1-2 whale watch trips per day, four to five days per week. In addition to using teaching tools (such as a sample of whale baleen or a 3-D model of Stellwagen Bank), interns are available to answer passengers’ questions on a wide variety of topics--everything from whale behavior to ocean conservation. Interns are also expected to help with the general functioning of the whale watch vessel and provide a harbor tour to passengers at the beginning of each trip. In addition to responsibilities during whale watch trips, interns are expected to attend and participate in weekly meetings where we cover topics of interest and relevance, as well as provide opportunity for reflection and development among the group of educators. Interns will be well-versed in the principles of interpretation by the end of the internship program. Finally, interns are expected to complete a project of their choice--past examples include creating a new teaching tool or developing a slide show for passengers to view while on board.

Requirements

The internship is available to students who have completed their first year in college. Past interns have ended up with degrees in biology, psychology, education, French, history, philosophy, etc. You don’t need to be a biology major to apply, and prior experience is not required--training is provided on the job! This internship is geared for college students and recent college graduates, however, anyone who is interested in helping Cape Ann Whale Watch and the educators/researchers or in learning about whales is encouraged to apply. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about whales and the ocean environment, and who will make the most of the opportunities presented. Applicants for this position should feel OK with public speaking (you will by the end of the internship), teaching in small groups, and working with the general public.

To apply, please email a complete application (cover letter, resume, 2 written references and an unofficial transcript) to cawwtablet@gmail.com
or mail it to:
Cape Ann Whale Watch
415 Main St.
Gloucester, MA 01930
Attn: Cynde

Applications are due March 15, and we will let you know by the end of the month.

Skills

Required - Public Speaking, Data Collection, Microsoft Office Applications
Preferred - Teaching, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Communications, Data Coding

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