Organization: CIEE Research Station Bonaire
Location: Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Duration: 7 Weeks
Period: 26 May through 11 July or 7 July through 22 August (we are also
open to applications that wish to stay longer, but no longer than 13 weeks
due to immigrations restrictions)
Deadline for applications: 1 May 2014
Description: The CIEE Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation program is a
study abroad program for undergraduate students that is operated by the
CIEE Research Station Bonaire (Southern Caribbean). In addition to our
study abroad program, our research station supports an active research
program including individual projects by faculty/staff and collaborative
long-term monitoring projects run by multiple faculty/staff. The Coral Reef
Ecology Intern position is a combination of teaching assistant, research
assistant, and resident hall assistant. The intern will assist in the
academics, research, group dynamics, logistics, dive safety, student
transportation, and site security at the CIEE Research Station. The
position duties include assisting with: preparations for classes and labs
as instructed by faculty; SCUBA diving in support of CIEE courses and
research projects; laboratory work on research projects; mentoring
students; general errands at the research station; and record keeping for
the dive safety program. The internship is a 14-week commitment with little
down time and the normal work schedule includes weekend and evening duties.
CIEE interns are on call 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for the
duration of the internship.
Minimum Qualifications: BA/BS in Biology with an emphasis in Marine
Biology/Ecology or Biological Oceanography (MS preferred); scientific
diving experience (minimum of 50 dives logged).
Requirements: Current certifications in First Aid, CPR, DAN Oxygen Rescue,
Advanced Open Water are required; DAN insurance, a comprehensive dive
physical; valid driver’s license (manual shift competency preferred).
Abilities/Skills: Knowledge of Caribbean Coral-reef species (fishes,
Corals, invertebrates, algae); experience collecting fishes and analyzing
fish behavior in a laboratory and field setting; experience working with
CPCe software; a commitment to education and research in Coral reef ecology
and conservation; a willingness to work flexible hours, live on site, and
manage undergraduate students in residence at the station; the ability to
work as a team member with CIEE staff to motivate students and provide an
excellent academic and personal growth experience for students.
Compensation: the internship comes with no stipend, but lodging will be
provided to the successful applicant.
To apply: Send a cover letter and CV listing contact information for 3
references. One letter of recommendation must be emailed from a major
faculty member from your degree granting institution to
plyons @ cieebonaire.org <info @ cieebonaire.org>. For more information about
the semester program please visit www.cieebonaire.org
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