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Fish Data Intern (FDI)

Emphasis in Field Data and Research

Internship Description: Marine Science Institute has been collecting information on the fishes found in the San Francisco Bay for well over 40 years. We need fish-data collectors to help us continue our ongoing study of fluctuations in fish populations. Fish Data Volunteers identify, count, and measure the fishes caught during every Discovery Voyage (information below)  for this research. This data is entered into our extensive database for further analysis. This is a great opportunity for those who are interested in gaining valuable experience with scientific data-collection in the field, academic community service hours, or simply to acquire knowledge (as well as handling skills) of the animals that live in the San Francisco Bay.

Discovery Voyage Description: Students ages 12 – adult embark on a four-hour expedition of the San Francisco Bay aboard the 90-foot research vessel, the R.V. Robert G. Brownlee and discover the life in the estuary and how we are connected to it. They rotate through 3 or 4 stations using scientific methods and equipment to examine different types of life. They collect and examine plankton, run hydrology tests, discover invertebrates by sampling mud, and catch a wide variety of fish species to study up close. This program offers students an opportunity to use scientific methods to discover the natural environment and learn teamwork and critical thinking skills.

Commitment: 40 hours (10 voyages), plus 3 training voyages (12 hours training).

Requirements: Minimum age requirement is 16, reliable transportation.


After a brief training volunteers can sign up to join any Discovery Voyage program that has been scheduled. These programs typically run twice a day, 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm, Monday through Friday, occasional Saturdays. Expect seasonal changes to the schedule. Follow this link to view the ship voyage calendar.

For more information or to apply for this position please fill out this VOLUNTEER APPLICATION and email it to

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