University of Alaska Southeast


Company: Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research
Location: Outer Banks, NC
Position: Intern - Bottlenose Dolphin Research Outer Banks
Requirements: Open to all students

Bottlenose Dolphin Photo-ID Internship/Research Assistant Position for Summer 2014

The Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research (OBXCDR)/Nags Head Dolphin Watch is currently accepting applications for the 2014 summer season. One internship position is available. The research season is May 5 – October 10. Successful applicants must be able to commit for the entire season.
The Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research is a 501 c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of bottlenose dolphins in the Outer Banks, NC.

Our program’s goal is to gain an understanding of the population dynamics, movement patterns, and behavioral ecology of coastal bottlenose dolphins in the sounds and coastal waters near the Outer Banks. The OBXCDR currently conducts a photo-identification monitoring study of bottlenose dolphins in Roanoke, Croatan, Albemarle, Pamlico and Currituck Sounds. Data is collected via dedicated small boat surveys as well as opportunistically from a local dolphin watch. This study is a continuation of the long-term study initiated by the Nags Head Dolphin Watch in 1997. Information from the long-term monitoring study will provide a basis for initiation of studies involving habitat utilization, social associations, and anthropogenic effects on the dolphins as well as aid in efforts to examine bottlenose dolphin movement patterns along the U.S. Atlantic coast. Interns will gain experience in field data collection, photo-identification of dolphins in the lab, and environmental education. For more information about the OBXCDR, please visit:

This internship requires a minimum commitment of 36 hours per week, consisting of ecotours, lab photo-identification, and dedicated surveys. The intern will carry out mate/naturalist duties and opportunistic photo-identification aboard the Nags Head Dolphin Watch for 3-4 days per week throughout the field season while 1-2 days per week will be spent conducting photo-identification in the lab. Abundance surveys will be conducted once per month (May, June, August, and September) and 2-3 times a month during July and October.

Salary: This internship is a paid position. Applicants will receive an hourly salary for the naturalist position on the dolphin watch. Tips aboard the dolphin tours are expected, but not guaranteed.

Housing: Although housing is not provided, we will assist you in finding housing accommodations in the Outer Banks. Interns are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Outer Banks as well as to and from the field site.

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Contact: Jessica Taylor
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Closing Date: Open Until Filled