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Marine Ecology Internships at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Position description / availability - We are seeking applicants to help conduct research on several projects currently being conducted in various benthic communities.  These projects focus on benthic community structures, the effects of nutrient enrichment, and oyster growth and restoration. 

Research will be based at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in the Mobile Bay area of the Northern Gulf Coast.  The interns will work closely with Professor Ken Heck, Research Associate Dottie Byron, and graduate students.


We are looking for interns for both spring and fall seasons.  The duration of the internship is about 3 months. The internship will have a flexible start date with summer interns starting on or about May 14, 2007 continuing through August 10, 2007.  Fall interns will start on

August 17, 2007 and continue through November 16, 2007.  You may apply for both seasons if you wish.


Duties and responsibilities – This internship will be field intensive at times.  Field research will include monthly seagrass and faunal sampling at Robinson Island in Orange Beach, Alabama and  monthly oyster reef sampling near Dauphin Island (for more information regarding current projects, please check the Marine Ecology Lab website at http://marineecologylab.disl.org).  Applicants should have their own snorkel gear (both seasons) and wet suit (fall season only).  Interns will be involved in sample processing and will receive training in sample identification and analytical instrumentation.  There will also be numerous opportunities to learn other ecological field sampling techniques.  In addition, there will be seminars from visiting scientists and discussion groups on current topics in marine science.


We are seeking people who are enthusiastic about marine ecology and may be considering marine science as an occupation.  This job requires long days of physically demanding field work and long hours sorting samples in the lab.  Experience (although not necessary), as well as enthusiasm about marine research, are important aspects of a rewarding internship.  This is a great opportunity for hands-on training in the field and laboratory.


Stipend - A weekly stipend of $150 and a room and board allowance ($150/week) will be provided.  

Eligibility – Undergraduate juniors and seniors enrolled in marine programs or with marine experience are preferred. Graduating seniors are also welcome to apply. This internship is available only to U.S. and Canadian citizens.

Application Instructions –
The application is now a fillable pdf form, and can be accessed at http://marineecologylab.disl.org/. You must have Acrobat Reader installed to view the application. If you do not have Acrobat Reader, you can visit http://www.adobe.com to download a FREE copy. Although not required, we would prefer if you emailed your application using the “Submit by Email” link on the last page of the application. Upon selecting the email form option, on-screen instructions will appear. You may also print a copy of your application and submit it via fax to (251) 861-7540 Attn: Dottie Byron or via mail to

Dottie Byron

Marine Ecology Lab Intern Program

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

101 Bienville Blvd.

Dauphin Island, AL 36528


If at any time during the application process, you have questions or problems with the fillable pdf form, you may contact Dottie Byron via email at dbyron@disl.org or via

phone (251) 861-2179.


Application Deadline is: March 30, 2007

We will notify interns by: April 6, 2007


Visit our web page to learn about the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (http://www.disl.org) and to view Dr. K.L. Heck’s research profile (http://faculty.disl.org/kheck.html)



The Dauphin Island Sea Lab is an Equal Opportunity Employer


 ***Note:  This internship is separate from the NSF REU Fellowship program that is offered at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and requires a separate application form!

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