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Monterey Bay Aquarium

Sea Otter Research and Conservation – Research Intern Summer-Fall 2017

The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Otter Research and Conservation program is seeking enthusiastic and motivated individuals to assist staff with field observations and data collection of wild sea otters along the Monterey Peninsula of coastal California.

Project responsibilities include, but are not limited to, data collection in the field from shore and occasionally on a small boat using radio telemetry equipment and making visual observations with spotting scopes. Interns will record daily re-sights, movement patterns and forage observations, and activity budget data on marked individual wild sea otters.

Qualified applicants must be able to work in a team environment, as well as independently without direct supervision, and must have good communication skills.


  • At least 18 years of age
  • Current undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college or university
  • Must be a student during the term immediately preceding the internship
  • Must submit a resume of courses and/or experience related to position applying
  • Must provide a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation from college/university professors or faculty staff
  •  3.0 Minimum cumulative GPA
  •  6 -month commitment of 24 hours each week.  ()
  • Valid driver’s California driver’s license
  • Personal vehicle to use while in the field
  • Cell phone
  • Willingness to perform project task assignments  on a flexible schedule, including weekends and late  evenings
  • Previous experience in a  field work setting or behavioral data collection

Desired Skills

  • Strong Interest in and awareness of animal behavior, natural history  and marine science / ecology
  • Willingness to  stand out in the elements for up to 6 hours at a time
  • Attention to detail
  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds and walk short distance over hilly terrain
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Good organizational skills
  • Interpersonal skills and proven ability to work effectively with colleagues  
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point and  Access software
  • Proficiency with SharePoint a plus but not necessary
  • Boat handling skills appreciated but not necessary
  • Experience in behavioral observations a plus


All internship opportunities are Unpaid or STEM Internships (STEM may include funding provided through your educational institution).

College credit may be available. Please refer to your College/University's student services division.

How to Apply

Application materials are available via the internship link on the Monterey Bay Aquarium website. Applications close April 1, 2017.

Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-648-4800

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