[Coral-List] CIEE Coral Reef Ecology Volunteer Internships

Rita Peachey RPeachey at ciee.org
Thu Mar 24 09:52:29 EDT 2011

Coral Reef Ecology Volunteer Research/Teaching Internships Summer 2011

The CIEE Research Station Bonaire is accepting applications for 3 volunteer intern positions.  There are several research projects currently underway at the station: a long-term coral reef monitoring program, a study on a calcareous alga that is overgrowing live coral in Lac bay, parasitism of the invasive lionfish and the feeding ecology of lionfish.  The volunteer interns will be involved in assisting with the summer study abroad program for undergraduates in coral reef ecology as well as field and laboratory research..  Duties include student logistics, grading, preparing for labs and field trips, field sampling, sample processing, data entry and analysis, report writing, record keeping for the dive safety program, and assisting with general day to day operations at the station.  Diving is required for two of the positions.  Interns must have the ability to work as a team member and be willing to work flexible hours while living on-site at the research station.  The expected weekly time commitment is 40 h and the intern must commit to a period of at least 8 weeks between 21 May and 13 August 2011.

The positions are strictly voluntary; interns are responsible for airfare, meals, personal health insurance, and other expenses.  CIEE Research Station Bonaire will provide a shared room with a kitchenette, wireless internet and private bathroom.  Interns are expected to follow the house rules and to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.

Minimum Qualifications: Have completed at least a BS in Biology/Zoology/Oceanography or related field of science; current certifications in First Aid, CPR, DAN Oxygen Rescue, and SCUBA; a comprehensive dive physical and a driver's license

Compensation: Lodging will be provided to the successful applicants.  The Bill Wildin Volunteer Internship Travel Award ($1,250) will be given to the intern that is selected to study lionfish feeding ecology.  The award winner will be required to present the results of the research to the public at the end of the summer.  To apply for the travel award, a 1-page personal statement of how the internship will help you should be included with your application.

To apply send a cover letter and CV listing contact information for 3 references to Dr. Rita Peachey (rpeachey at ciee.org<mailto:rpeachey at ciee.org>).  In addition, a letter of recommendation from a faculty member from your college/university must be emailed directly from the faculty member to Dr. Peachey.  For more information about CIEE Research Station Bonaire go to www.cieebonaire.org<http://www.cieebonaire.org/>.

Application deadline: 9 April 2011
Rita BJ Peachey, PhD
Director, CIEE Research Station Bonaire
Kaya Gobernador Debrot #26
Kralendijk, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
rpeachey at ciee.org<mailto:rpeachey at ciee.org>

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