The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), a citizen science program based at the
University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, is looking for interns for Spring
COASST works with approximately 800 citizen science participants, using their data on beach-cast
carcasses of marine birds to establish the baseline, or ‘normal’ pattern of beached bird mortality on
North Pacific beaches. Baselines are crucial for assessing the impacts of oil spills, fisheries, and climate
change in the marine environment. Additionally, COASST recently developed a new marine debris
data collection project, focusing attention on debris attributes related to potential harm to wildlife,
new aquatic invasions, sourcing, and oceanographic modeling.
COASST interns work as a team directly with staff and gain valuable, hands-on experience with citizen
science programs and the complexities of volunteer-collected data.
Internship tasks may include:
• Recruiting, tracking, and communicating with citizen science participants
• Managing incoming data and photos from beach surveys
• Entering beached bird, marine debris, and social science data
• Preparing materials for beached bird and marine debris trainings
• Representing COASST at outreach events
Opportunities are available each quarter for 2-3 college credits. Each credit requires 4 hours of work
per week. Once quarterly, students will present at lab meetings and attend a COASST field trip.
How to Apply:
Interested students should send an email with COASST Internship in the subject line to Erika Frost,
Participant Engagement Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please attach your resume and include a statement of interest that contains:
• Applicable background in marine biology or communications (coursework, job experience)
• Any experience with data, statistics packages, databases (excel, R, catalyst etc.)
• Any experience with volunteers, volunteer programs, and/or other research labs
• Availability between 9am and 6pm during Spring quarter.
Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team