[MARMAM] Fall Internships in marine mammal stranding response

Harry, Charles charry at ifaw.org
Fri Jul 18 07:44:05 PDT 2014

Marine Mammal Stranding Response Fall Internships on Cape Cod, MA

The International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW) Marine Mammal Rescue and Research Program is currently accepting applications for Marine Mammal Stranding Response Internships for Fall 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 and an unusually high frequency 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, stranding hotline coverage, dispatch of field responders, opportunistic public outreach, 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 stranding reports, case files, and sample collection
- 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 and walk long distance in difficult terrain
- Able to follow written and oral staff directions and protocols effectively

Preferred candidate will also have:
- Undergraduate study of biology, zoology, ecology, marine/environmental/animal science
- Experience handling animals
- Experience driving trucks, trailers and boats
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Learning outcomes
While hands-on experience is opportunistic and the number and type of responses will vary, most interns have the opportunity to:

-          Develop skills in identifying species commonly stranded on Cape Cod and gain knowledge of their biology and ecology

-          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

-          Gain knowledge of the stranding network structure and operation and marine mammal policy as it relates to strandings

-          Gain basic necropsy skills and knowledge of marine mammal anatomy and physiology

-          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 between October 6th and December 31st.  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 daily 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 August 22nd:
- 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

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