[MARMAM] Summer Internship Opportunity at the Marine Mammal Research Program - Hawaii

aliza milette ajmilette at gmail.com
Tue Mar 25 23:37:05 PDT 2014

The Marine Mammal Research Program (MMRP) at the Hawaii Institute of Marine
Biology (HIMB), University of Hawaii is seeking a limited number of highly
dedicated individuals for summer internship positions. MMRP's scientists
primarily study cetacean acoustic sensory systems, specifically hearing,
echolocation, and communication with our resident false killer whale
crassidens*), and 2 bottlenose dolphins (*Tursiops truncatus*). MMRP
faculty, staff, and graduate students have backgrounds in psychology,
engineering, marine biology, zoology, and oceanography. MMRP collaborates
with research groups and animal care facilities all over the world to
further our understanding of cetacean sensory systems both in natural and
experimental conditions providing valuable information that can be used to
mitigate threats to marine mammals.

Interns will work directly with and provide essential support to animal
care and training staff. Interns will shadow trainers in all aspects of
daily care, including food preparation, sanitation, boat and facility
maintenance, while assisting in and observing general husbandry, medical
procedures, and bio-acoustic research experiments. This opportunity will
provide interns with a foundation in animal behavior, animal husbandry,
operant conditioning training, and a unique opportunity to gain experience
in the highly competitive field of marine mammal science.

Interns need to commit to a minimum of 20- 24 hours per week, which can be
completed during a combination of full days and/or half days (all beginning
at 7am). Each day begins in the fish prep kitchen at 7am at the Kaneohe Bay
Marine Corps Base. Positions are probationary and performance based and may
be terminated at any point. Start and end dates may be negotiable, however
May 15- August 15 (or longer) is preferred.

There is no fee for this internship and interns are responsible for their
own housing and airfare to Oahu. Some form of personal transportation is
preferred. However, there may be opportunities for carpooling with staff to
the facility each day and the Oahu bus system is extensive and reliable.
Interns are free to seek outside employment on their days off as long as it
does not interfere with their commitments to MMRP.


·         Major in psychology, animal science, biology, zoology, or related
field is preferred.

·         Qualified applicants must be able to work in a team environment
and have good communication skills.

·         Work can be physically demanding, interns must be comfortable
working in the elements (rain or shine), be able to lift 60 lbs, and be
able to swim.

·         Must provide a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation from
college professors and/or from supervisors of related work

·         Must submit a cover letter describing your short-term and
long-term interests and career goals and how they relate to this position,
which part of our program interests you most, and how your interests,
qualifications, and previous experiences will benefit our program.

·         Must submit a resume listing your Major, cumulative GPA, Major
GPA, expected graduation date, relevant coursework and letter grade
received, and any related professional or volunteer experiences.

Please submit application materials and any questions via email to Aliza
Milette-Winfree: milette at hawaii.edu

To be considered: your email subject line *must* read:

*last name_Summer 2014 MMRP Application*

Aliza Milette-Winfree
Marine Mammal Research Program
Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology
PO Box 1106
Kailua, Hawai'i 96734
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