[MARMAM] Marine Mammal Stranding Response Internship - Malibu, CA

Cynthia Reyes cynthia at californiawildlifecenter.org
Tue Jan 26 11:38:05 PST 2010


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.  These internship positions are unpaid.

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.

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, minimum 24 hours per week for 8 weeks.
Summer internships are 4 days a week, minimum 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.  Applicant must demonstrate
proof of negative TB test within the past year and a current tetanus

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

Housing and transportation are the responsibility of the intern.  Must have
own transportation and current drivers license.  Very limited on-sire
housing is available (i.e., up to 2 individuals at a time).  All individuals
selected for on-site housing, regardless of Session, will be required to
complete 40 hours/week.  

Application Process:
Interested individuals must send the following:
* Letter of intent 
* Resume
* Two letters of reference
Your letter of intent must state the Session you are applying for and detail
interests, experience, housing accommodations and availability. 

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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