Sea Turtle Migration Research - Laboratory
Learn about this opportunity to assist with sea turtle research in the laboratory.
The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) Sea Turtle Research Program is seeking for two detailed-oriented interns to assist with the laboratory component of a research project on sea turtle migratory connectivity using stable isotope analysis of non-viable unhatched eggs. Stable isotope values of unhatched eggs are used to infer foraging area used by females during the non-reproductive season. This statewide project aims to provide a comprehensive geographic assessment of foraging areas used by sea turtles nesting in Florida within and among years.
Successful candidates will be tasked-oriented individuals that can work independently and in a team in a laboratory setting. The primary responsibilities of the interns will be assisting with laboratory tasks, including:
- Preparation of biological samples (mostly unhatched sea turtle eggs) for stable isotope analysis
- Data entry
- Proof data for accuracy
- Sample organization and cataloguing
Internships require a minimum three-month commitment. Starting and ending dates are flexible. Applicants should be available to work 15-20 hours per week.
You may qualify if:
- You are a current undergraduate student (or recent graduate) in the following (or related) scientific disciplines: Biology, Environmental Sciences, and Oceanography/Marine Science.
- You are willing to work with often smelly and rotten eggs
- You have working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Excel at a minimum, Access is a plus)
- Prior laboratory experience is preferred but not required
If you are interested in applying for an internship with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, the following information is required:
- A cover letter describing the internship you are applying for; area(s) of academic/research interest; and the dates, days, and hours of availability
- A résumé (or curriculum vitae) describing your relevant training and experience
- Current academic transcripts
- Names and contacts for three references.
Please submit application items as an e-mail attachment to: Interns@MyFWC.com
If electronic submission is not possible, hard copies can be mailed to:
FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 Eight Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5020