[MARMAM] Deadline Extended!! FW: Soundwatch Summer Internship

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Thu Mar 15 11:37:08 PDT 2012




From: soundwatch [mailto:soundwatch at whalemuseum.org] 
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Subject: Deadline Extended!! FW: Soundwatch Summer Internship


If you, someone you know, or students within your department/organization
might be interested in working with Soundwatch this summer, please pass
along this notice and attachments.

Thank You! 


Deadline extended to March 27, 2012 !!!


Be Part of the Soundwatch Boater Education Program Team!     ---    Summer
Internships Available


The Soundwatch Boater Education Program is seeking interns to assist with
the successful and internationally acclaimed education and monitoring
program working to reduce vessel disturbance to killer whales and other
marine wildlife in the Haro Strait region of Washington State and British
Columbia, Canada. Soundwatch needs assistants to help conduct seasonal
vessel patrols to educate boaters on regional guidelines and regulations and
to collect data while monitoring vessel activities around whales. Data from
this important program characterizes vessel activity trends around marine
wildlife and is used to promote better boater compliance and to inform
marine mammal management strategies such as state and federal vessel laws
and guidelines.

Internship based in Friday Harbor, WA, approximately 35-40 hours per week,
May-September, variety of tasks both in an office setting and in the field
on the patrol boat and/or shore based whale watch areas. Internship is
unpaid. Shared housing at reasonable cost, is likely available. 


Please SEE BELOW  for additional application instructions, or DOWNLOAD from
our website:  www.whalemuseum.org <http://www.whalemuseum.org/> 

Applicants must be at least 18 years, be physically fit (able to lift 40
lbs), able to swim, and not easily susceptible to seasickness. Be prepared
to spend time aboard a small (20 ft.) vessel in unpredictable weather and
sea conditions. Interns will need a valid passport or US enhanced driver's
license, CPR/First Aid certification. A state boater license/or equivalent
safe boating card, not required but is a bonus. 




Please send a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for
three references. Be sure to include what dates you can start/end. 

Applications accepted until March 5, 2012. Decisions will be made by the end
of March.


Deadline extended to March 27, 2012 !!!


            Please send application materials to:

Eric Eisenhardt

Soundwatch Coordinator

P.O. Box 945

Friday Harbor, Washington 98250

Or email (preferred) to: soundwatch at whalemuseum.org 



Please visit The Whale Museum's Web site for more information on Soundwatch:



Eric Eisenhardt, Soundwatch Coordinator 
soundwatch at whalemuseum.org
The Whale Museum
P.O. Box 945
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
360-378-4710 X 33
360-378-5790 Fax
www.whalemuseum.org <http://www.whalemuseum.org/> 
Be Whale Wise!










Soundwatch Intern Positions:


Soundwatch relies heavily on community support in the form of volunteers and
interns to be effective in changing boater behaviors around marine wildlife.
Volunteers are an integral part of this innovative model of community based
marine stewardship.


Interns assist the Soundwatch program with all aspects of The Whale Museum's
Soundwatch Boater Education Program, both in the field and in the office. 


Up to four intern positions are available for the season, although some
shorter-term positions may also be available. Interns usually spend a
minimum of 4 days volunteering with the program both in the office setting
and in the field on the patrol boat and/or shore based whale watch areas.




College undergraduate and graduate students seeking intern positions for
credit and/or program related requirements. Some opportunities are available
for recent graduates, research fellows or non-scholastic assistants, but
priority will be given to students pursuing degree in related field seeking
field experience.


Interns work approximately 35-40 hours per week and are required to commit
to at least two months, but preferably to the full study period,
May-September, plus some training time. 


Intern Responsibilities:


Office tasks include data collating and data entry, preparing educational
materials for boaters, distributing educational materials, public outreach,
tracking volunteer hours and program activities, and fielding some program
questions by phone/email.


Fieldwork includes working with Soundwatch staff primarily on data
collection on vessel activities around whales and marine protected areas,
from a vessel platform and/or shore based observation areas. Data includes
commercial and recreational vessel compliance with regional guidelines and
regulations as well as vessel and whale surveys. Interns work with other
Soundwatch volunteers and are expected to help with some volunteer support
activities.  Interns will work with a variety of program staff, and will be
under the direction of the Soundwatch Program Director. Various
circumstances may require intern participation with media interviews, video
projects, whale standings or separations, or other public events requiring
Soundwatch presence or expertise.


Interns must be friendly, with an open attitude since they will speak
publicly, assist volunteers, and interact frequently with the public.
Interns must have excellent communication skills and have strong leadership
potential with a great amount of patience and flexibility.  Teaching,
writing and boat handling experience are preferred.


Intern Requirements: 


Interns preferably should have some field research experience, prior boating
experience and be proficient in the use of Microsoft Access and Excel.
Interns should be familiar with the basic use of binoculars, range finders,
hand-held GPS units, and digital video camera operation for data collection.
In addition, interns must have current First -Aid and CPR training
certificates. Applicants should have marine mammal interest/experience as
well as interest/experience in issues related to marine wildlife viewing
management. Persons interested in the position should be able to withstand
exposure in a small boat for up to 8-12 hours a day 3-4 days a week, in
harsh weather conditions (sun/rain/bouncing), able to carry approximately 50
lbs. All applicants are required to have a current passport.


These positions are un-paid, housing is not provided, and interns must have
own transportation. While these internships are not paid positions, they are
excellent experience and resume builders.  Interns will have the opportunity
to participate in scientific research and other related projects such as
helping with the marine mammal stranding network and assisting other killer
whale researchers. Interns will have the opportunity to attend various
meetings and lectures as well as meet other marine mammal scientists.
Volunteers will also receive discounts at The Whale Museum store.



Please send a letter of interest and a resume, including contact info for
three references, and the dates and time you are able to commit to by March
5, 2012. Decisions will be made by the end of March.    Address applications


Eric Eisenhardt

Soundwatch Coordinator

P.O. Box 945

Friday Harbor, Washington 98250

-Or email (preferred) to:  <mailto:soundwatch at whalemuseum.org>
soundwatch at whalemuseum.org


Please visit The Whale Museum's Website for more information on Soundwatch




Soundwatch Intern Job Description


The Soundwatch Boater Education Program Mission:


Promote responsible stewardship of the Salish Sea through the development,
distribution and implementation of guidelines and regulations for marine
wildlife viewing by residents, visitors and commercial users.


Program goal:


Reduce disturbances to marine wildlife by irresponsible boater behavior.


Program objectives:


*         Educate boaters on best practices for viewing marine wildlife
before they leave the shore

*         Reinforce the learning experience in the actual context where
disturbances take place

*         Develop and evaluate community-based voluntary guidelines

*         Provide a scientific platform to monitor and record vessel
activities around whales and other marine wildlife



Soundwatch Internship Program Goals:


Provide intern and volunteer opportunities in a safe and instructive program
assisting the Soundwatch Boater Education Program in promoting its larger
mission of marine stewardship. 


Intern Program Objectives:


*         Execute safe and proper seapersonship while educating boaters
about wildlife viewing regulations and collecting data on wildlife viewing

*         Educate commercial and private recreational boaters about wildlife
viewing guidelines  and regulations in a positive, professional manner,

*         Collect data on vessel activities around whales or other
protection areas for further study, verification, or possible legal action.


Pre-Training Requirements:


A.	Participate in a Soundwatch Training Workshop.


Once you are invited to become a Soundwatch Intern or Assistant, you need to
attend a training workshop to familiarize yourself with all aspects of the
program. Workshops are usually done in the late spring and again in the
early summer.  You will need to fill out information sheets and a liability
waiver. Once you have attended a workshop you can develop your volunteer
schedule with the coordinator.


B.    Be familiar with the Soundwatch vessel.


In addition to the training workshop, all volunteers must have a boat check
out. This includes a basic run through of boat operations, safety equipment,
radio and cell phone, GPS, range finder and video use. It is also a good
idea to become familiar with the local area if you are not already. We do
have some charts and field guides available, but you might want to get your


Daily Operational Responsibilities


A. Come prepared for a full day of variable conditions on boat days.


Includes bringing the following items: 


Appropriate clothing; warm jacket, good rain gear, warm hat, sun hat,
sunglasses, gloves and boots if it is cold and rainy. T-shirts and shorts
are OK as long as they are not offensive and you have other clothing when it


Plenty of food and water; snack food and easy to eat items are best because
we often do not stop to have a lunch break. Bring more water than you will
need, as dehydration is very likely.


Sunscreen is essential; the boat has no covered protection.


Equipment; binoculars are very handy as is a wristwatch. You may bring a
camera, but keep in mind we are a working boat and are not getting close to


Safety gear; we will provide floatation suits and jackets of various sizes.
If you have something specific that you like to wear, feel free to use it.
We have full first aide gear but bring anything you know you are likely to
need. Please advise your driver of any special condition you may have before
you leave the dock.


B.    Follow the lead of your driver.


The Soundwatch driver's main responsibility is to strictly follow all
wildlife viewing guidelines keeping wildlife well being the first priority.
They need to be aware and conscience of whales' whereabouts at all times.
You can help by keeping a whale lookout and by following directions given to
you by the driver. Many things are going on at the same time on the water
and it can be overwhelming for short periods of time. If the driver does not
have to worry about what you are doing, they can concentrate on the whales.


C.    Follow the daily procedure.


This includes doing the morning check-ins, having a reliable way to be
reached, and arriving at the designated time. It also includes helping with
gear schlepping, preparing daily educational materials, data collection gear
and supplies and boat set-up. May also include instructing new volunteers on
daily procedures.


D.    Be professional at all times.


Come prepared and ready.  Use appropriate behavior, language, attire
(Soundwatch or Museum clothing if possible) and attitude- you are the
SOUNDWATCH PROGRAM and you are representing The Whale Museum at all times.
Be polite, courteous and firm. Don't loose your cool in tense situations.
Relax. Take a deep breath. Have some fun.


Education and Data Collection Responsibilities:


A.     Contact all private boats that are reasonable and safe to approach.


Includes powerboats, kayaks, sailboats, personal watercraft etc. In general,
try to communicate with commercial whale watch boats through radio and cell
phone about guideline issues, rather than approach with passengers. Do not
motor into groups of whales to contact boats. Soundwatch is setting an
example, and wildlife safety is a higher priority. Stay clear of vessels
actively engaged in fishing activities. If you need to approach, wait until
lines are in.


B.    Distribution of Educational Materials.


Using the pole on the boat, or at public facilities hand out educational
materials that includes the Be Whale Wise Guidelines for Wildlife Viewing,
Soundwatch Brochure, MPA and Special Local areas Flyer, Bottomfish Recovery
Program Brochure when warranted, and any other relevant local service


C.    Verbal Communications.


When handing out information on the boat or at a public facility, politely
but loudly tell boaters who you are and what you are doing. Tell them the
basic guidelines, something about the whales or refuge area, and any special
conditions of the day. Always say thank you and if you can something
positive. If the boater has not been following guidelines, explain to them
what was potentially wrong, and give them the alternative for next time. If
they continue to be a problem you can re-approach with a reminder, and/or
remind them of the NMFS Marine Mammal Protection Act, use video in extreme


D.    Maintain a daily boat log.


Includes date, time, weather, crew, destination, fuel and oil levels, added
fuel or oil, boat maintenance needed, boat maintenance completed, equipment
comments, big events on the water, marine mammal sightings, communications
with officials, messages for other drivers, return time, engine hours


E.     Fill out data sheets.


Fill out data sheets correctly, accurately and legibly; help with boat
identification, whale ID, boater behavior, and harassment issues. 

Data sheets include:


1.      Whale Watch Vessel Counts

2.      Whale Watch Vessel Contact Logs

3.      Whale Watch Vessel Incident Log 

4.      MPA vessel activities and contact Logs





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