[MARMAM] Soundwatch Boater Education Program: Summer Internships

Elizabeth Seely elizabeth at whalemuseum.org
Wed Feb 4 10:45:31 PST 2015

Be Part of the Soundwatch Boater Education Program: 

Summer Internships Available!

Soundwatch is a successful and internationally acclaimed education and
monitoring program working to reduce vessel disturbance to orcas and other
marine wildlife in the Salish Sea region of Washington State (USA) and
British Columbia (Canada). Soundwatch needs interns to help conduct seasonal
vessel patrols, educate boaters on regional/federal guidelines and
regulations and collect data while monitoring vessel activities around
whales. Data from this critical program characterizes vessel activity trends
around endangered orcas and other marine wildlife. The data is used to
promote better boater compliance and to inform marine mammal management
strategies such as state and federal vessel laws and guidelines. The
Soundwatch program is operated by The Whale Museum (TWM), a not-for-profit
organization located in Friday harbor on San Juan Island in Washington


.         Commit to at least 12 weeks between May and September

.         Be able to work approximately 35-40 hours per week, Mon-Sun

.         Perform a variety of tasks both in the field on the boat and in an
office setting

.         Have strong sense of responsibility, work ethic  and attention to

*	Produce high quality research efforts and exhibit strong
interpersonal skills
*	Field days: Interns must be able to spend many hours on the water
sometimes in extreme seasonal conditions. Field days typically exceed eight
hours and occur at least three or four times a week.


Internship is located in Friday Harbor, Washington. This is an unpaid
position and Interns are responsible for their own housing and
transportation. Once accepted, TWM staff will be able to assist Interns in
suggesting suitable housing options and locations.



At least 18 years of age, physically fit (able to lift 40 lbs), must be able
to swim, not easily susceptible to seasickness, and familiar with database
spreadsheets. Preference will be given to undergraduates or recent graduates
in the marine or wildlife sciences. Interns will need a valid US passport or
an enhanced driver's license, CPR/First Aid certification. A state boater
license/or equivalent safe boating card, not required, but is encouraged.


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 1, 2015.

Decisions will be made by April 1, 2015.



Elizabeth Seely

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:




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