[MARMAM] Marine mammal and sea turtle husbandry internships

Julika Wocial jwocial at riverheadfoundation.org
Fri Oct 28 08:42:21 PDT 2005

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Marine mammal and sea turtle husbandry internships, Spring 2006

The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation is a 501 (c)
(3) not for profit organization that operates the Marine Mammal and Sea
Turtle Rescue Program in New York State.  The primary mission of the
Riverhead Foundation is to preserve and protect the marine environment
through education, rehabilitation, and research. The Riverhead Foundation is
located in Riverhead, Long Island, NY.

           The Riverhead Foundation is dedicated to the rescue,
rehabilitation, and release of seals, sea turtles, whales, dolphins, and
porpoises. The Riverhead Foundation is the only organization authorized by
New York State to operate the New York State Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle
Rescue Program.

           The Riverhead Foundation’s educational efforts are dedicated to
informing the public about the marine environment and how they can aid in
its preservation.  The Riverhead Foundation engages in tours of the
facility, lectures, seal cruises, ecology walks, and beach cleanups to
foster good stewardship of the environment.

            In addition to rehabilitation and education, the Riverhead
Foundation engages in research.  The Riverhead Foundation is currently
conducting an extensive marine mammal and sea turtle abundance study
throughout the coastal waters of New York State.  The study encompasses
aerial, shipboard, and land-based surveys.  The goal of this project is to
establish baseline populations for several species of marine mammals and sea
turtles.  Baseline population data can then be used by agencies such as the
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, National Marine Fisheries
Service, and the Riverhead Foundation as a basis for regulatory decisions
regarding management parameters, stranding and rehabilitation efforts, and
public conservation and education.

            The Riverhead Foundation is recruiting to fill ten animal care
internship positions for the spring semester of 2006 (January through May).
The interns’ duties will include, but are not going to be limited to:

  a.. Assisting with all aspects of animal husbandry, including restraining
animals for treatments/assisted feeds, prepping food, feeding non-critical
animals, assisting with physical examinations and prepping blood samples to
be sent out to the lab
  b.. Maintaining the equipment and water quality of the tanks
  c.. Responding to calls about stranded marine mammals and sea turtles
  d.. Working with digital stills and video footage
  e.. Conducting public lectures and educational programs
  f.. Conducting beach walks, beach clean ups, seal walks and seal cruises
  g.. Assist with fundraising activities if necessary

Internship requirements:

  a.. Applicants must be undergraduates registered at a two or four-year
college or university.
  b.. Applicants must have a basic background (taken the relevant courses)
in biology, marine science or similar areas.
  c.. Students must be able to work a minimum of 120 hours (8-10 hours per
week) for the semester he/she is applying.
  d.. Students must receive academic credit from their academic institution
(college or university).
  e.. Applicants must have his/her own transportation.
  f.. Applicants must have his/her own lodging.
  g.. Applicants should also be responsible, reliable, mature individuals,
who work well as a team or independently.
  h.. Applicants must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs and be willing to
work in inclement environmental conditions.
Application process:

  1.. Complete the online application at www.riverheadfoundation.org
  2.. Forward us your resume. Include three letters of reference from a
professor or employer on the appropriate letterhead. Personal references
will not be accepted.
  3.. Fax to (631) 369-9826, email to jwocial at riverheadfoundation.org or
mail to:
  The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research & Preservation
  467 East Main Street
  Riverhead, NY 11901
  Attention: Julika Wocial
  4.. Applicants are encouraged to contact the school to determine school
requirements & obtain approval.
  5.. Questions? Call (631) 369-9840 or email
jwocial at riverheadfoundation.org
Deadline to apply is December 31, 2005, however, applications sent after
that date will be considered if all of the positions have not been filled by

Julika Wocial
The Riverhead Foundation for
Marine Research and Preservation
467 E. Main St.
Riverhead, NY 11901
Tel.: 631-369-9840
Fax: 631-369-9826
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