Estuarine Research and Monitoring Intern

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Major Tasks: The Estuarine Research and Monitoring Intern will assist South Slough Reserve staff with the following projects: Fish Monitoring - This project relates to understanding temporal and spatial patterns of fish assemblages in the South Slough and will involve monthly beach seining and fyke netting at tidal marsh sites. Continuous water quality data collected through the Reserve’s System Wide Monitoring Program will be used to characterize the environmental conditions that influence species presence, absence, and abundance. Native Oyster Recruitment – This project is designed to examine recruitment dynamics of native oysters in the upper Coos estuary and will involve bi-weekly fieldwork, microscope work, and data entry. Additionally, the intern may also assist with field and laboratory work associated with the Reserve’s long-term water quality monitoring program.

Interns will receive focused training and gain work experience in the areas of: Field work: Care and safe use of field equipment, identification of marine and estuarine organisms, data collection, and record keeping. Laboratory work: Lab safety and data collection protocols, proper care and preparation of laboratory equipment, lab methods and techniques, and detailed record keeping. Data Processing: Computer databases, data entry, processing & analysis, and presentation of results in tables and figures.
Desired Skills: The ideal candidate will have a background and interest in estuarine and marine science. We are looking for someone who is comfortable working outside and doesn’t mind getting muddy or wet. They should have a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, and be detail-oriented. Because our fieldwork schedule is often determined by the tide, some of this work will take place in the early morning and often at odd hours. The Intern should be willing to work a varied schedule and be flexible when changes arise. 
Time Commitment: Hours will vary from 6-20 per week depending on the fieldwork schedule. $750 stipend award upon the completion of 150 total hours. Start date: Sept 1, 2016. End Date: December 20, 2016.

Contact: Deborah Rudd, SSNERR Public Involvement Coordinator (541) 888-5558 ext. 158 

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For more information, please contact: Deborah Rudd, South Slough Internship Program ◦ South Slough NERR Phone: 541-888-5558 Ext 158 ◦ E-mail: 

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