Cynthia Reyes cynthia at californiawildlifecenter.org
Thu Jan 22 13:33:54 PST 2009

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) and May 15th (summer session).  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 (California Wildlife
Center does not provide rehabilitation services for marine mammals), and
public relations.   In addition, interns will provide support to CWC
Hospital staff in animal husbandry tasks for avian and terrestrial wildlife.


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:
* Letter of intent (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

If you would like to find out more about our Organization, please visit our
website at http://www.californiawildlifecenter.org 


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