[MARMAM] Marine Mammal Stranding Response Internships 2008

Cynthia Reyes cynthia at californiawildlifecenter.org
Wed Dec 26 13:18:03 PST 2007


The California Wildlife Center in Malibu, California, seeks applicants for
spring and summer internships working with stranded marine mammals.    These
are part time 8-week internship positions beginning March 15th (spring
session - 2 positions available) and May 15th (summer session - 2 positions
available).  There is some flexibility of start dates.  The internships are
unpaid positions and interns are responsible for all housing and travel
expenses.  It is possible that interns may stay on the premises on a first
come - first served basis (a small fee may apply).  Must have own
transportation and current drivers license.

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, 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 California wildlife.  The interns 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 rehabilitation facility, and public
relations.   In addition, interns will provide support to CWC Hospital staff
in animal husbandry tasks for avian and terrestrial wildlife.


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.
Spring internships are 3 days a week, 24 hours per week for 8 weeks.  Summer
internships are 4 days a week, 32 hours per week for 8 weeks.  Due to the
unpredictable nature of marine mammal stranding 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 and the
ability to lift/carry 50 lbs. 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 the rehabilitation

* Completion of NMFS Level A data sheets.  Maintaining detailed database
records of Malibu strandings, including reports of stranding, human
interaction issues, etc.    

* Assist with marine mammal necropsy and sample collection

* Ensuring marine mammal-designated equipment is kept in clean working order

* Maintaining good rapport with representatives of various public agencies

Application Process
Interested individuals must send the following:
* Cover Letter (please indicate which session [Spring or Summer] you would
like to apply for)
* Resume
* Two letters of reference

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

Attn:  Cynthia Reyes

P.O. Box 2022

Malibu, California 90265

Email:  Cynthia at californiawildlifecenter.org

The application submission deadlines:

Spring Session - January 31, 2008

Summer Session - March 31, 2008


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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