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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 3–4 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 beach–cast
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
COASST interns work as a team directly with staff and gain valuable, hands–on experience with citizen
science programs and the complexities of this unique dataset. These positions will involve a combination
of office–based 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.