Volunteer at Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation
Location: Bimini, Bahamas
The mission of the BBFS Foundation is to advance our knowledge of the biology of marine animals especially the heavily impacted elasmobranch fish fauna (sharks and rays); to educate future scientists at undergraduate and graduate levels; and to disseminate our research results to advance the field of marine science and conservation biology, as well as raise public perception and awareness of sharks and other marine species.
At BBFS we are seeking general interns who can collect data for our PhD student’s projects and assist with the daily running of the station.
We also seek project students who undertake normal volunteer activities while completing their own research as part of their undergraduate/graduate project under the guidance of our PhD students.
The day-to-day activities of the Sharklab are never the same; there is different work to be done each week and activities can vary seasonally with the presence/ absence of certain species.
Some of the activities you may be involved in include:
- Assisting the Principle Investigators with data collection
- Aid BBFS Staff and PI’s with the capture and scientific workup of a variety of elasmobranch species
- Assisting on shallow-water and deep-water scientific long lines to look at abundance and distribution of shark species around Bimini.
- Assisting with acoustic receiver array downloads
- Assessing seasonal residency and population structure of great hammerhead sharks in Bimini (winter only)
- General station maintenance and repair of scientific equipment
- Gillnetting for juvenile lemon sharks
- Active tracking of elasmobranchs
- Lemon shark semi-captive trials for PI project
- Investigating behaviour, ecological role and reproductive state of a mesoconsumer population of southern stingrays as a function of varying predator densities.
- Annual census of Bimini’s juvenile lemon shark population (spring only)
- Fishing for bait
- Aiding visiting scientists with their research
- Community outreach projects
- Working with BBFS Staff to educate the public about our research
Interns experience a unique opportunity to take part in our intensive field research, learning practical and theoretical skills that will enhance their prospects as future scientists.
The volunteers live at the station with two full time PhD students and seven staff members.
For more information or to apply as an volunteer please see our Website!