[MARMAM] Marine Mammal Stranding Response Internships

Jeff Hall jeff at cawildlife.org
Wed Jan 4 15:55:12 PST 2012

Marine Mammal Stranding Response Internships Available at California
Wildlife 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 2012

Spring Session:  March 14 - May 9 (2 positions available)

Summer Session:  May 16 - July 11 (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


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

-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


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



Housing and transportation are the responsibility of the intern.  Must have
own transportation and current driver's license.  Very limited on-site
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


-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. Box 2022

Malibu, CA 90265


Email:  Jeff at cawildlife.org


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


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