[MARMAM] Marine Mammal Stranding Response Internship

Cynthia Reyes seallover at gmail.com
Fri Jan 27 14:39:23 PST 2006


The California Wildlife Center in Malibu, California, seeks applicants for
spring and summer internships working with stranded marine mammals.  The
internship rotations will begin no later than March 15th and May
These are part time 8-week internship positions with some flexibility of the
start and end date of the internship. The internships are unpaid positions
and interns are responsible for all housing and travel expenses.  Intern
housing may be available for qualified applicants.

Summary/Program Description:
The California Wildlife Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the
rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured, orphaned and sick native
wildlife.  CWC fulfills this mission through marine mammal rescue, wildlife
education programs and treatment of avian and terrestrial wildlife in our
rehabilitation hospital.   This internship will provide an exciting and
challenging educational experience in the marine mammal field, while also
allowing for additional hands-on experience with other native
 The internships will be working closely with the Marine Mammal program
staff in all aspects of stranding response, including logistics, assessment,
capture/restraint, transport to the Marine Mammal Care Center, and public
relations.   In addition, interns will provide support to CWC Hospital staff
in animal husbandry tasks.

1.                   Intern Responsibilities & Qualifications:
The internship is open to all applicants at least 18 years of age or older.
Undergraduate students and non-students alike are encouraged to apply.  If
the intern intends to receive academic credit, the intern will be
responsible for making all arrangements with their educational institutions.
 The internships are 3 days a week, 12-16 hours per week, however, due to
the unpredictable nature of marine mammal response, interns may sometimes be
required to work beyond their normal scheduled hours.   Interns must be able
and willing to work flexible hours including weekends and holidays.  Interns
will be required to have good physical strength. 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.

Under supervision of Marine Mammal staff, duties will include:
*  Answering and responding to all calls, pages and messages concerning
marine mammals in a timely and courteous manner

* Assessing stranded marine mammals

* Coordinating and leading responder team in the capture and handling of
stranded marine mammals needing medical attention

* Coordinating transport of stranded marine mammals to MMCC (San Pedro):

* Maintaining detailed records of Malibu strandings, including reports of
stranding, human interaction issues, etc.

* Ensuring CWC rescue vehicle and marine mammal-designated equipment is kept
in clean working order

* Maintaining good rapport with representatives of various public agencies,
and ensuring compliance with all applicable regulations

Application Process
Interested individuals must send the following:
* Letter of intent, including reasons for wanting to do the internship
* Resume
* 3 references

Submit the above items via regular mail or email to:
California Wildlife Center

Attn:  Cynthia Reyes

P.O. Box 2022

Malibu, California 90265

Email:  cynthia at californiawildlifecenter.org

The application submission deadline is February 17th.  Successful candidates
will be selected by March 1st.

If you have any further questions, contact Cynthia Reyes at (818)222-2658 or
via email at cynthia at californiawildlifecenter.org.  If you would like to
find out more about our Organization, please visit our website at
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