MantaWatch invites invitations to our 2013 MantaWatch Internship Program.
A four-week manta research and conservation internship is available to Indonesian marine science students, with four Guy Joseph MantaWatch Award full scholarships available. The internship offers young marine professionals an opportunity to gain valuable work experience and insight, while developing and demonstrating their skills.
MantaWatch is a UK marine research and conservation organization that promotes awareness and participation in manta ray conservation worldwide. Guy’s Trust provides educational opportunities for young people in developing countries. The charity was established in memory of Guy Joseph, a founding member of the MantaWatch team.
MantaWatch has teamed up with Guy’s Trust to offer four Guy Joseph MantaWatch Awards to deserving and academically gifted students in fields related to marine science. The Guy Joseph MantaWatch Award is a full scholarship to the MantaWatch Internship Program.
The successful Interns will join MantaWatch for four weeks, working at a field site in Indonesia under the close supervision of the Research Director. They will receive tuition in manta ray and elasmobranch ecology and management, and training in monitoring and scientific diving techniques. Working alongside MantaWatch staff and partners, they will gain experience of standard field techniques, experimental design, sampling protocols, environmental monitoring, scientific diving, and the role of citizen scientists in conservation management.
MantaWatch interns play a critical role within the team, while gaining valuable experience of managing and analyzing large datasets generated by MantaWatch members around the world. Interns will work with MantaWatch staff to communicate research findings, including via the preparation of scientific papers.
This internship is an opportunity to work within an international research and conservation organization, and to interact with professional marine scientists, while gaining valuable practical experience to support graduate studies in marine science.
The Guy Joseph MantaWatch Award includes:
- Living stipend up to IDR 2,000,000;
- Accommodation at the field site;
- Diving equipment, survey materials and other field costs if required; and
- Domestic flights and travel if required.
The successful candidate will require access to a laptop computer during the internship.
- Be enrolled in a degree program at a graduate school in Indonesia both at the time of application and during the internship.
- Be studying towards a degree in marine/coastal environmental sciences, fisheries science, marine/ coastal resource management, or a related discipline.
- Be at least 20 years of age.
- Possess excellent written and spoken English proficiency.
- Be computer-literate in standard software applications, including Microsoft Office applications.
- Have a track record of successful interaction with different cultures and beliefs.
- Be willing to travel and work in remote locations with basic amenities.
- Have strong interpersonal communication and networking skills, and be energetic, engaging, social and articulate.
- Possess, or be able to obtain, DAN (Divers Alert Network) insurance or similar, a recent certification of “fitness to dive” issued by a medical professional, and basic open water SCUBA certification issued by a recognized certifying agency (e.g., PADI).
- Be proactive, independent and posses the qualities of a future leader and MantaWatch ambassador.
Applicants should send their completed application form, together with a covering letter and CV, to firstname.lastname@example.org before April 30, 2013.