Opportunity: Internship, Benthic Image Annotation

ZSL is now accepting applications for a paid internship working on a 1 year project funded by the Marine Stewardship Council examining the benthic habitats of Greenland.

The ideal candidate for this internship will have previous marine research experience, knowledge of statistical, GIS, and image analysis software packages, and the skills to collate and analyse benthic video survey data.

Apply here by 15th November.

Date published: 2020/11/05

Role Profile

ZSL is seeking an intern to work on a 1 year project funded by the Marine Stewardship Council examining the benthic habitats of Greenland.

The West coast of Greenland is home to commercially important coldwater prawn and halibut fisheries. Their entrance into the MSC sustainability scheme has highlighted a concerning lack of knowledge of benthic habitats in the area, and the impact of trawling activities upon these habitats.

The project will be collating and analysing video surveys of the West Greenland seabed to document the structure, function and diversity of seafloor communities. These data will be used to map, model and predict distributions of benthic habitats, assess the impact of trawling and highlight potential vulnerable marine ecosystems.

This project provides an opportunity for a recent graduate to gain conservation science experience working for a conservation research institute.

Initially this post is likely to be working from home, with a computer provided. Training and meetings will be conducted remotely until the current COVID restrictions are lifted.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Examination of benthic survey videos and images
  • Identification and annotation of benthic fauna using the Biigle platform
  • Identification and description of vulnerable marine habitats
  • Researching scientific literature
  • Drafting and preparing project reports
  • Provide ongoing support on project planning, implementation, analysis and interpretation of results
  • General administrative support for the project
  • Interacting and communicating with researchers
  • Conducting scientific outreach

Person Specification

  • BSc/MSc in marine biology or related subject or equivalent experience
  • Desirable to have previous experience conducting marine research projects
  • Any experience collecting, collating and analysing benthic videos and/or photography is valuable
  • Previous experience conducting outreach activities for schoolchildren is a bonus
  • Use of statistical, GIS, image analysis software packages

Please find the full job description attached here

Apply Now

Applicants will need to upload their CV plus a covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating why they want the position and including details of availability), and can do this by clicking the "Apply for this job online" button here on the ZSL website.

If you have any queries regarding these positions or when applying through the system please contact Human Resources at [email protected].

Closing date for applications: Midnight on Sunday, 15th November 2020

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