[MARMAM] Marine Mammal Rehabilitation Internships

Marine Animal Lifeline mal at stranding.org
Sun Aug 13 11:58:45 PDT 2006


The Marine Animal Lifeline in Portland, Maine is seeking applicants for 2006-2007
fall/winter internships working with stranded harbor, hooded, harp, and grey seals.

Continual and multiple internships are available throughout the season.  Interns will
be selected on an ongoing basis.  Each internship requires an 8-week commitment.  The
start dates of each internship are flexible.  The earliest start date is Sep 1, 2006
and the last available start date is March 1, 2007.  The internships require a
minimum of 24 hours per week (3 days a week).  Longer internships with more hours per
week are available upon request. These positions are unpaid and each intern will be
responsible for all travel and living expenses.

Job Summary/Program Description:
The Marine Animal Lifeline is a marine mammal stranding center dedicated to the
rescue, rehabilitation, and release of sick and injured marine mammals. The
internships are designed to provide a dynamic educational experience in the marine
mammal rehabilitation field while offering valuable career experience.   The interns
will have a leadership role in the rehabilitation team and interns will be
responsible for a number of support tasks with rehabilitating stranded seals
throughout the course of the internship.  The positions will involve working under
the Husbandry Director and the Veterinary Technicians in providing medical care,
feeding, cleaning, and completing medical records in the rehabilitation program. The
intern will be integrated into the department with assigned duties allowing them to
progressively take on more responsibility.  Interns will also have the opportunity to
assist in marine mammal rescues as they arise.

Intern Responsibilities & Qualifications:
The internships are available for all general public to apply and do not require
academic credit.  Undergraduate students as well as non-students can utilize the
internship.  If the intern intends to receive academic credit, the interns will be
responsible for making all arrangements with their educational institutions.  The
hospital operates with 2 shifts each day: 6:30am - 3:00pm, and 12:00pm - 8:30pm.
Intern schedules can be customized to each individual.  Interns will be required to
have fair physical strength and be in good health. Successful applicants will have
leadership skills, or posses the ability to learn proper leadership skills quickly.
Interns need to have the ability to multitask and work in a fast paced environment.
Animal care and/or marine mammal experience is a plus but not required.

Duties Include:
- Daily animal diet preparations, routine cleaning of work areas.
- Assisting with veterinary examinations and treatments.
- Assisting with rescues and releases of injured or abandoned marine animals
- Assisting with the taking and processing of x-rays.
- Assisting with blood handling and collection.
- Assisting with necropsies.
- Updating medical and laboratory records and logs.
- Maintaining veterinary and rehab supplies and equipment.
- Assisting in the feeding, cleaning and daily operations of the rehab area.
- Other duties relating to the Center's goals and mission as required.

Application Process:
Interested individuals are encouraged to send the following:
- Letter of Intent
- Resume with references

Materials need to be delivered at least 15 days prior to the applicants requested
start date.  Applications will be accepted immediately and on an ongoing basis
through the fall/winter season.  Please forward all application materials via one of
the methods listed below.

jjakush at stranding.org

Regular mail:
Marine Animal Lifeline
Attn: Internship Program
P.O. Box 621
Portland, ME 04104


If you have any further questions, contact Jennifer Jakush at (207) 773-7377, Ext
413, or email at jjakush at stranding.org

To learn more about Marine Animal Lifeline, visit our website at www.stranding.org

Jennifer Jakush
Veterinary Technician
Marine Animal Lifeline
P.O. Box 621
Portland, ME  04104
Phone: (207) 773-7377,  Ext. 413
Fax: (207) 541-1936
jjakush at stranding.org

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