The Eugenie Clark Field Research Skills and Leadership Program

New College of Florida is offering paid training experiences in shark research. Participants will receive mentorship from scientists from New College, Havenworth Coastal Conservation, the Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program and Minorities in Shark Science (MISS) and participate in on-vessel field-based research, receiving hands-on experience deploying gear, handling, identifying, tagging, and releasing sharks, rays, and bony fish, as well as collecting biological (morphological measurements, blood and tissue samples) and environmental (water quality) data. Participants will also learn to design and deliver public outreach content on biology, ecology and conservation concerns of local shark and ray species. Participants may also assist with processing biological samples, maintaining sampling gear and water quality monitoring equipment, and recording, entering and analyzing data.


May 22 – July 17, 2022 (nine weeks)


Applicants must have established eligibility to work in the United States. This program is primarily geared toward early-career scientists (post- undergraduate through early professional) who need hands-on experience to progress toward their career goals, but current undergraduates may also be considered. Applications from underrepresented groups in STEM (including women, racial/ethnic minorities, LGBTQIA+, and persons with disabilities) and those who have experienced interruptions in their educational or career pathways are strongly encouraged.

Physical Requirements

Participants should be able to lift up to 50 pounds, be comfortable spending long days in the field, and be able to work aboard boats in the marine inshore and offshore environment.

Financial Support

Participants will receive a $500/week stipend and housing in the New College of Florida (NCF) dorms (individual bedrooms). Participants are responsible for their own meals and means of transportation to/from NCF (travel scholarships might be available to members of MISS). Transportation from NCF to local field sites will be provided.

To Apply

Complete the online application form at, which includes a resume or CV, unofficial transcript, and one letter of recommendation (to be emailed to

Applications are due March 1.