[MARMAM] Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Husbandry Internship Opportunity

Marine Mammal Rescue MarineMammal.MarineMammalRescue at vanaqua.org
Thu Jan 17 10:47:54 PST 2013


Marine Mammal Rescue Husbandry Internship

About the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre (MMR)
One of the Vancouver Aquarium’s direct action programs, the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre works to rescue, rehabilitate and successfully release abandoned, injured, or stranded marine mammals. Approximately 15 minutes east of the Vancouver Aquarium, patients are brought to the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre’s (MMR) facility from all over the B.C. coast and cared for until they are well enough to be released into the wild. Since the Aquarium started helping injured marine mammals in the 1960s, the centre has treated elephant seals, sea otters, sea lions, harbour porpoises and even sea turtles. Harbour seals are the most common patient at the facility, which can care for over 120 animals at a time.

The MMR Husbandry Internship is an unpaid internship. It provides students with hands-on experience in marine mammal rescue, rehabilitation and the conservation of marine life.  Students will engage in laboratory procedures, rescue techniques and help with the veterinary and husbandry care of stranded marine mammals.
MMR presents a unique internship opportunity for, but not limited to:
□ Pre-veterinary students taking biology, science or similar university program
□ Veterinary technician students
□ Veterinary students
Requirements:
Successful candidates will be:
□ Full-time students enrolled in a college or university in a zoology, marine biology, related animal science; or completed all or part of course study in veterinary technology, marine biology or related field, from a recognized institution
□ Interested in a career as a veterinary technician, veterinarian, marine biologist or wildlife rehabilitator
□ Extremely self motivated with a desire for continuing education
□ In good academic standing
□ Experienced in the animal care field either paid work or volunteer
□ Able to submit a letter of interest and resume outlining why you are interested in the program, your availability, educational background and where you heard about the program
□ Able to provide two (2) letters of reference
□ Able to secure the necessary funds for relocation, accommodations and living expenses for the entire placement
□ Able to lift 25kg with ease, be in good physical shape and be able to work both inside and outside in various weather conditions

International Applicants
Applicants must be legally eligible to work in Canada
□ Unpaid internships do fall under the category of work, and therefore require a work permit
□ It is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain a work permit prior to entering Canada; for more information, please contact Citizen and Immigration Canada http://www.cic.gc.ca/
Responsibilities
Applicant responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
□ Food preparation and animal feeding
□ General cleaning duties and animal habitat maintenance
□ Receiving animals when rescued including ability to weigh, assist in physical examinations, and animal record keeping
□ Monitoring/observing marine mammals
□ Assisting the veterinary and rehabilitation staff in surgical and medical cases when required
□ Assist in researching information to aid in animal care
□ Laboratory procedures
□ Assisting with rescues and releases
□ Shifts will be a minimum of eight (8) hour long, five (5) days a week for a total of 40 hours per week
□ Work schedules will include weekends, evenings and holidays

Research Project
Interns are responsible for researching and presenting a project on a topic based on their experience at MMR. Topics may be relevant to marine mammal conservation, veterinary medicine or approved other topic. Interns will present a short oral presentation, paper or poster to MMR staff and volunteers before the end of their internship. Topics may include:
□ Marine mammal husbandry
□ Infectious diseases
□ Nutrition
□ Zoonotic diseases
□ Marine mammal anatomy or physiology
□ Marine mammal conservation
□ Anatomy and physiology

Accommodation
All candidates are expected to find their own accommodations in Vancouver. For more information on accommodation and maps, please request the “General Information on VanAqua and Living in Vancouver” from rescue at vanaqua.org.
Placement dates and application procedures:
There are seven (7) internship positions over the summer. See below for start and end date options.
All internship placement applications are due by February 1st, 2013. Telephone/personal interviews* will be held after that date, with notification dates following interview process.
* Please note, only successful applicants will be contacted
Placements:
June 17th – August 31st Three (3) unpaid  11 weeks
June 17th – Sept 30th  Four (4) unpaid 15 weeks
*Start/finish dates subject to change

Applications will be processed by the MMR Manager and staff. Please send resume, letter of intent and two references either by email:
rescue at vanaqua.org with Marine Mammal Rescue Husbandry Internship application in the subject line OR
by mail:
Marine Mammal Rescue Husbandry Internship Application
Vancouver Aquarium
PO Box 3232
Vancouver, BC
V6B 3X8

* Please note, only successful applicants will be contacted
** Incomplete applications will not be processed

Thank you for your interest in the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre’s Internship program



Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre
MMR: 604-258-SEAL (7325)
Aquarium: 604-659-3478
Fax: 604-659-3515
E-Mail: Rescue at vanaqua.org


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