[MARMAM] Marine Mammal Response Internship

Jeff Hall jeff at californiawildlifecenter.org
Wed Jan 5 15:05:43 PST 2011

CaliforniaWildlife Center
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.

Dates:     8-week Internships for 2011
Spring Session:    March 14 – May 6 (2 positions available)
Summer Session:  May 16 – July 8 (2 positions available)
There is some flexibility of start dates.  
Time Commitment:
Spring Session – 3 days/week; minimum 24 hours/week
Summer Session – 4 days/week; minimum 32 hours/week
Company Name:   California Wildlife Center
Department:          Marine Mammal Response
Mailing Address:  
P.O. Box 2022, Malibu, California 90265
Phone:                   (818)222-2658
Fax:                        (818)222-2685
URL:                       http://www.californiawildlifecenter.org

Intern Responsibilities
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 facility
·          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 
·          Maintaining good rapport with representatives of various public 
Intern 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. 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 vaccination.
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 

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:  Jeff Hall
P.O. Box2022
Malibu, California 90265

Email:  Jeff 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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