Okeanos Explorer Mapping Internships

okeanosCurrently Open Explorer-in-Training Opportunities

Applications for the 2016 field season are being accepted between December 15, 2015, and January 31, 2016.

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is currently seeking Mapping trainees to participate in the Okeanos Explorer-in-Training program for the 2016 field season. This program is open to enrolled undergraduate and graduate students as well as individuals who have recently graduated from a higher education program. The Explorer-in-Training program will provide the opportunity to gain experience using an advanced multibeam bathymetric sonar mapping system, while contributing in a significant way to the Okeanos Explorer ocean exploration mission.

A typical placement will consist of one (1) 15 to 30-day offshore expedition during the late winter, spring, or summer of 2016. Trainees will stand an eight-hour mapping watch each day while onboard. The duties of mapping watch standers typically include the acquisition and processing of multibeam data and associated sound velocity profile data, as well as precise record keeping. Each trainee will also complete an onboard project of their own interest, with approval and support from experienced mapping team personnel.

How to Apply

If interested in the training program, please apply at:https://www.regonline.com/okeanosfy16



  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Ability to stand an eight-hour at-sea watch
  • Familiarity with Windows and Microsoft Office tools
  • Willingness to learn and follow shipboard Standard Operating Procedures
  • Interest in learning about seafloor mapping operations


For additional information about the Okeanos Explorer and the Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, please visit: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/ andhttp://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/about/welcome.html.


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