[MARMAM] Petersburg Marine Mammal Center Internship Opportunity

Jeff Reynolds jeff at siphonophore.com
Wed Jan 21 12:19:14 PST 2009

Petersburg Marine Mammal Center Internship Opportunity

Located in Petersburg, Alaska’s Little Norway, this project takes  
place on Mitkof Island in the heart of the Tongass National Forest.  
Petersburg is also known as the Whale Research Capital of Alaska  
because of the many world renown marine mammal researchers who use  
Petersburg as a base of operation.

PMMC is a non-profit organization formed in 1998 to “assist research  
efforts and be a depository for information on research and sightings  
of marine mammals in Southeast Alaska”. We have a small center located  
in the Viking Travel Building Which is on Main Street in downtown  
Petersburg. The center is manned by interns during the summer months  
and the Board of Directors carries out the functions of PMMC year-round.

This intern program allows students the opportunity to earn college  
credit while learning about marine mammals and serving the public.  
Indoor exhibits, including an interactive computer kiosk, focus on  
marine mammal life history and distribution. Two interns will be  
working at the Center staggered shifts for seven days out a week where  
the work includes, but is not limited to:
   ·  Staff the Center during open hours. Manage operations, sales and  
petty cash.

   ·  Interpret Alaska marine mammal information for Center visitors  
and public.

   ·  Assist and help coordinate where possible with researchers using  

   ·  Prepare/deliver Alaska marine mammal presentations to visitors  
and small groups.

   ·  Facilitate community outreach and public education of Alaska  
marine mammals.

Project Duration
Two 8-10 week Intern positions are available beginning mid-June  
through August 31st.

The volunteer will be accommodated in Forest Service housing near the  
center of town, making it easy to access to the community and to the  

Internship Requirements
   ·   must be in an internship program through an accredited university
   ·   physically fit
   ·  desire to gain skills in the environmental education field
   ·  interested in working with visitors
   ·  possess an interest in working on small projects for the Center
   ·  possess a positive attitude!

Travel (contingent/negotiable) to and from Petersburg to Seattle or  
Anchorage, lodging, and $300/ month (taxable stipend). Occasional  
trips to observe marine mammals and other trips with Board of  
Directors tour operators on a space and time available basis. Other  
perks are included in the prospectus.

Application Procedure and Deadline
Applications deadline is February 28th, 2009 and successful  
applicant(s) will be notified by March 15th, 2009.

Internship Prospectus and Application PDF can be downloaded from the  
PMMC Website:


Please address all questions to the center at info at psgmmc.org

Jeffrey Reynolds
6620 Michaels Dr.
Bethesda, MD  20817
jeff at siphonophore.com

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