[paid summer internship] Fishery Biologist Undergraduate Internship 2017: International Pacific Halibut Commission (Seattle, WA)

This paid summer internship was a great opportunity for a Marine Bio minor last summer (2016) that even resulted in a trip to Alaska to collect data. Apply now!

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) seeks an enthusiastic and motivated student to work in the IPHC office located near Fisherman’s Terminal in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. The Internship Program is designed to give students exposure to a wide variety of tasks associated with the management of an international fisheries resource. Each student is assigned a specific research project (chosen by the staff) which he/she executes. The student will work closely with a supervisor to ensure continuing progress toward work goals and with other staff members on the various tasks assigned.

Who may apply:  Undergraduate students in their fourth year of study at an accredited university or college who are majoring in fisheries, marine biology, environmental studies, fisheries oceanography, or other aquatic or biological-related science. (Please note that this position is specific to an active undergraduate student. College graduates and those in post-undergraduate educational programs will not be considered.)

Salary:  GS-5-1        $2,955/month ($U.S.)

Employment term:  May – August (approximately 12 weeks duration – start date negotiable depending on student’s school schedule).  The work term may include but is not limited to:

  • Completing a special research project chosen by the staff.
  • Field work on an IPHC research vessel and/or dockside port sampling in British Columbia, Alaska, or U.S. West Coast.
  • Work in the otolith aging lab learning aging techniques, lab protocols, and uses of the final halibut ages.
  • Reporting special project results as a paper and presentation to staff at the conclusion of the internship.
  • Assisting staff with other tasks as assigned.

Basic qualifications:

  • Student must be in (or beginning) fourth year of undergraduate study at an accredited University or College and working towards a degree in aquatic, biological, or environmental related science.
  • Student will be working with a number of biologists and support personnel throughout the work term, and must possess good communication skills and enthusiasm to perform tasks as assigned. Student must be self-motivated and work well with limited supervision.
  • Although previous experience collecting data in the field is not a requirement, student must be motivated and willing to spend the required time on a Commission chartered survey vessel in the open ocean and/or in fishing ports, and perform the normal duties of an IPHC sampler.
  •  Completion of at least one basic statistics course is strongly advised. Previous education and/or experience in fisheries species identification and sampling protocols is helpful, but not required.
  •  A cold-water survival at sea course (scheduled and paid for by the IPHC after hire) must be completed prior to deployment on a research vessel. Basic swimming skills will be needed to successfully complete the course.
  • Must be proficient with MSWord, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook software.
  • Must have photography skills. Experience in image analysis is helpful but not required.
  • Must have a valid passport at time of employment.

[Read the full position description and apply here]