[MARMAM] internship posting

Harry, Charles charry at ifaw.org
Tue Feb 18 09:13:24 PST 2014

I would like to post the below advertisement to the MARMAM list serve.
Please feel free to contact if have any questions.

Thank you for your efforts,

Marine Mammal Summer Internships on Cape Cod, MA
The International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW) Marine Mammal Rescue & Research Program is currently accepting applications for Marine Mammal Stranding Response Internships for Summer 2014.  Interns will be placed in one of two available tracks (Response or Necropsy), however all interns will receive cross-training in both areas.
IFAW is an international non-profit organization with headquarters in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts, USA. IFAW’s Marine Mammal Rescue and Research Program is a federally authorized response program dedicated to marine mammal stranding response on Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts.  Our mission is to promote the conservation of marine mammal species and their habitat by improving the rescue and humane care of stranded marine mammals, advancing stranding science, and increasing public awareness through education. Cape Cod is a marine mammal stranding “hot spot”, with over 230 strandings per year, including live and dead seals, large whales, porpoises and dolphins.  This area is especially unique due to the high occurrence of live mass stranded dolphins.

Internship Duties – Response Track
- Assist staff with all aspects of marine mammal stranding response including; live animal health assessment and triage, 24 hour hotline coverage, dispatch of volunteers, opportunistic public education, and biological data collection and sampling from dead stranded marine mammals.
- Assist in maintaining preparedness for strandings including: cleaning, organizing, and maintaining stranding response gear and equipment
- Assist in data entry of case files, call logs, and volunteer hour tracking data
- Assist in organizing, cataloging, and archiving stranded marine mammal documentation including photos and video
- General office duties and report and outreach/education material preparation
Internship Duties - Necropsy Track
- Assist the necropsy coordinator in performing post-mortem examinations in both field and laboratory settings
- Assist in maintaining, cleaning, and organizing necropsy equipment and supplies
- Assist in photo archiving and data entry
- Assist in the archiving, shipping and tracking of biological samples
- Assist in the preparation of necropsy reports
- General office duties including training and outreach material preparation and organization

- Candidates must be at least 18 years old
- Must possess a valid driver’s license
- Must be of good physical fitness and be able to lift/carry 40lbs
- Able to follow directions and protocols effectively
- Undergraduate study of biology, zoology, ecology, marine/environmental/animal science preferred
- Experience handling animals and driving trucks, trailers and boats helpful
- The ideal candidate will possess good communication skills, can work independently, and should have a working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Learning outcomes
While hands-on experience is opportunistic and the number and type of responses will be variable, most interns have the opportunity to:
-          Develop skills in identifying species commonly stranded on Cape Cod
-          Acquire basic stranded cetacean and pinniped assessment and triage skills
-          Gain knowledge of response logistics and management including the use of the Incident Command System
-          Increase knowledge of biology and anatomy of species commonly stranded on Cape Cod
-          Gain knowledge of the stranding network structure and operation, and marine mammal policy as it relates to strandings
-          Acquire basic data collection and necropsy skills
-          Participate in active research projects as appropriate

Additional Information
This internship is unpaid.  Housing and transportation are the responsibility of the intern.  International applicants will be considered, but is the responsibility of the applicant to acquire necessary visas and documentation; including an international driver’s license.  Internship start and end dates are flexible but the position requires a minimum 10 week continuous commitment sometime between May 15 through September 15.  Interns are required to attend a minimum of 3 days per week, which may include weekends and holidays. Since strandings are unpredictable, applicants with flexible schedules are preferred. If the intern intends to receive academic credit, he/she will be responsible for making all arrangements with their educational institutions.
Interns should be prepared to perform in a variety of settings on any given day including beach, on water, and laboratory.  Specialized gear such as dry suits and life jackets will be provided.

To apply please submit by March 15th:
- Completed internship application with tentative start/end dates (http://www.ifaw.org//sites/default/files/webform/mmrr_internship_application.pdf<http://www.ifaw.org/sites/default/files/webform/mmrr_internship_application.pdf>)
- Letter of recommendation from an employer or college professor
- Resume
* Applicant’s should note their preferred track (Response or Necropsy) however, final placement will be decided by the IFAW staff.
All internship application materials and/or questions should be submitted to:
rescue at ifaw.org<mailto:rescue at ifaw.org> (please include “Internship Application” in the subject line)

For more information about IFAW’s global animal welfare and conservation work, please visit www.ifaw.org<http://www.ifaw.org>

C.T. Harry | Asst. Stranding Coordinator | Marine Mammal Rescue & Research
IFAW - International Fund for Animal Welfare
World Headquarters
290 Summer Street - Yarmouth Port, MA 02675
tel.1.508.744.2272   email. charry at ifaw.org<mailto:charry at ifaw.org>                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    stranding hotline. 1.508.743.9548

Saving Animals in Crisis Around the World   www.ifaw.org<http://www.ifaw.org/>

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