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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 34 undergraduate
students to assist with data entry and management; participant recruitment, training, and
communication; and program outreach.

COASST works with approximately 1000 citizen science participants, using their data on beachcast
carcasses of marine birds and marine debris to establish the baseline, or ‘normal’ pattern of deposition
on North Pacific beaches. Baselines of seabird mortality are crucial for assessing the impacts of oil spills,
fisheries, and climate change in the marine environment, while marine debris data speaks directly to the
source and transport pathways of debris, as well as to the potential harm to people, wildlife, and local
coastal ecosystems

COASST interns work as a team directly with staff and gain valuable, handson experience with citizen
science programs and the complexities of this unique dataset. These positions will involve a combination
of officebased tasks, occasionally requiring travel to coastal data collection sites.

Internship tasks may include:

Recruiting, tracking, and communicating with citizen science participants

Managing incoming data and photos from beach surveys

Entering beached bird and marine debris data

Preparing materials for beached bird and marine debris trainings

Representing COASST at outreach events

Opportunities are available in Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters, and the internship can count
towards college credits meeting departmental requirements. (Each credit requires 4 hours of work per

Interested students should send an email with Citizen Science Internship in the subject line to:

Anna Vallery (Participant Coordinator) at