Whale Conservation Webmaster Internship
Apply now for: Spring 2020
Time Commitment: 12-16 Weeks, 1-2 Days per week
Research in the Pendleton lab at the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life (ACCOL) at New England Aquarium is centered around detecting change in marine systems, especially in support of large whale conservation efforts. An important aspect of climate-induced change is ‘phenology’, or annually recurring life events. Examples of phenological events include the timing of flowering for plants, leaf-out for trees, or the time of arrival by migratory whales in New England waters. We seek an intern to assist us in publicizing marine phenology issues and the results of our phenology research by building a webpage using WordPress.org.
Duties/Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Use WordPress.org to build website and blog infrastructure (i.e. a template) for our research.
- Populate the webpage and blog with scientific content provided by the research team.
- Develop social media connections.
- Strong desire to contribute to scientific outreach efforts regarding marine phenology and large whale conservation.
- Must be a team player, work well with others, and manage requests from multiple members of the research team.
- Previous experience and proficiency with WordPress.org software.
- Ability to work independently.
- An eye for effective design and layout of webpages and blogs.
- Ability to contribute their own ideas regarding the best ways to promote website content.
- Programming experience in R would be helpful, but is not required.
The New England Aquarium’s mission is to protect the blue planet through hands-on programs, live animal and interactive exhibits, public lectures and forums, and research and conservation projects.
This mission is fulfilled through exhibits, and through education, conservation and research programs. Exhibits showcase the diversity, importance and beauty of aquatic life and habitats, and highlight critical aquatic conservation issues. Programs emphasize species, habitats and issues critical to New England. The Aquarium is also a pioneer in marine animal rescue and a leading ocean conservation organization with research scientists working around the globe.
The New England Aquarium serves as a responsive community resource that attracts and involves the broadest possible audience; seeks a culturally diverse staff and governing board that reflect our community; adheres to the highest standards of animal stewardship; and is committed to delivering the highest quality visitor experience in a welcoming and enjoyable manner that evokes wonder, curiosity, understanding, caring and action.
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