Field Research and Environmental Education Internship
The Ocean Alliance,
which incorporates the Whale Conservation Institute
the Voyage of the Odyssey (www.pbs.org/Odyssey), is a non-profit
organization dedicated to the conservation of whales and their ocean environment
through research and education. Dr. Roger Payne founded the organization in 1971
and since then we have studied whales in all the world�s oceans, produced over
40 documentaries, and are currently engaged in a worldwide expedition (The
Voyage of the Odyssey,
www.pbs.org/odyssey) establishing the first ever baseline level of
chemical toxins in the ocean. One way to become involved with The Ocean Alliance
is through the Field Research and Environmental Education Internship.
ABOUT WHALE WATCHING:
The primary goal of each trip is to educate the public about whales, which will
ultimately lead to a stronger appreciation
respect for whales and the ocean environment. With this newfound respect and
appreciation, the team of educators also hopes to change how the passengers
treat the environment on a day to day basis. The whales and the environment have
a better chance of surviving if we can change the attitudes and behaviors of our
In order to accomplish this goal, the interns circulate the boat with hands-on
teaching tools to educate the public about whales and their environment.
are samples of baleen for passengers to touch, a model of Stellwagen Bank for
people to understand why the whales migrate to the coast of Massachusetts, a
whale tail identification board for passengers to see how scientists identify
humpback whales in the wild as well as many other teaching tools. Once the
actual whale watching begins, the naturalist provides educational commentary
while the interns collect data on whale behavior and identification. The interns
are also on board to answer questions on a wide variety of topics, everything
from whale behavior to whale conservation. Finally the interns are expected to
help with the general functioning of the whale watching vessel.
Interns not only have responsibilities aboard the Hurricane II, but they are also expected to participate in activities off the boat. The naturalists, interns, and volunteers meet once a week. This is a time for interns to learn more about whales from the knowledgeable naturalists and to discuss the overall whale watching program. Also, once a week, interns are expected to enter data from the whale watching trips in the Gloucester office as well as work on an intern project in the Lincoln office.
OBJECTIVES: Does this seem like a lot of responsibility? This internship can be intense (as working with the public always is) and it can involve long hours. There will be some days when you feel completely drained, but when you really touch someone it makes it all worthwhile! At the end of the three or four-month internship, you will be extremely knowledgeable about whales, the ocean, and issues that threaten their survival. Interns have found that working with the public and answering questions teaches you more about the ocean realm than you could possibly imagine.
QUALIFICATIONS: This internship is geared for college students and recent college graduates with a degree in environmental education, marine biology/biology, psychology or environmental science. However, anyone who is interested in helping The Ocean Alliance or in learning about whales is encouraged to apply. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about whales and the ocean environment. If you are thinking of applying for this position, we hope you are comfortable with public speaking, teaching in small groups, and working with school age children. Interviews will be conducted during the month of March and applicants will be notified by the beginning of April. The whale watching season begins in May and runs through October. During this time, there are three sessions:
May 1 through July 31: SESSION 1
June 1 through August 1: SESSION 2
August 1 through October 31: SESSION 3
This is a tentative schedule for the whale watching season and we can be flexible about starting dates because of school conflicts. This is an unpaid internship and interns are responsible for providing their own housing, although a communal cottage has been for the last two years. If you are interested please send a resume, cover letter (including why you are interested in this internship), two written letters of recommendation, and an unofficial transcript to:
The Ocean Alliance
191 Weston Rd.
Lincoln, MA 01773
Attn: Cynde Bierman
Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 781-259-0423 x10 with any questions.
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