[MARMAM] Rescue and Rehab Internship Opportunity: Session I and II Deadline

JEFF Hall jeff at cawildlife.org
Mon Jan 5 11:15:09 PST 2015


California Wildlife Center in Malibu (Los Angeles County) is offering
internship positions in our Marine Mammal Response and Rehabilitation
Department during spring and summer of 2015. The deadline for Sessions I
and II applications is January 15. 

Summary of Program
The California Wildlife Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to
the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured, orphaned and sick
native wildlife. CWC fulfills this mission through marine mammal rescue
and rehabilitation, and treatment of avian and terrestrial wildlife in
our rehabilitation hospital. This internship will provide an exciting
and challenging educational experience in the marine mammal field, while
also allowing for additional hands-on experience with other native
California wildlife. The interns will be working closely with the Marine
Mammal program staff in all aspects of stranding response and
rehabilitation, including logistics, assessment, capture/restraint,
transportation, husbandry, and public relations. In addition, interns
will provide support to CWC Hospital staff in animal husbandry tasks for
avian and terrestrial wildlife. 

Intern Qualifications
The internship is open to all applicants at least 18 years of age or
older. If the intern intends to receive academic credit, the intern will
be responsible for making all arrangements with their educational
institutions. Due to the unpredictable nature of marine mammal stranding
response, interns may sometimes be required to work beyond their normal
scheduled hours. Interns must be able and willing to work flexible hours
including weekends and holidays. Interns will be required to have good
physical strength and the ability to lift/carry 50 lbs. Interns need to
have the ability to multitask and work in a fast paced environment.
Animal care and/or marine mammal experience is a plus but not required.
Applicant must demonstrate proof of negative TB test within the past
year and a current tetanus vaccination. 

Intern Responsibilities
Assess stranded marine mammals.
Coordinate and lead responder team in the capture and handling of
stranded marine mammals needing medical attention.
Coordinate transport of stranded marine mammals to the rehabilitation
Complete NMFS Level A data sheets while maintaining detailed database
Assist with marine mammal necropsy and sample collection.
Assist in daily husbandry tasks of marine mammals admitted to the
on-site rehabilitation facility.
Work closely with Marine Department staff to provide patient-specific
rehabilitative care.
Maintain good rapport with representatives of various agencies. 

Program Dates
All sessions are six weeks long. 32 hour per week minimum time
commitment. Two positions available per session. Start and end dates are
somewhat flexible.
Session I: Mid-February to end of March
Session II: Mid-March to beginning of May
Session III: End of April to beginning of June
Session IV: Beginning of June to mid-July 

Application Deadlines
Sessions I & II applications due January 15.
Sessions III & IV applications due March 31. 

Other Information
Internships are unpaid. Housing and transportation are the
responsibility of the intern. Must have own transportation and current
drivers license. Very limited on-site housing available at no cost. All
individuals selected for on-site housing will be required to complete 40
hours per week. 

Application Process
Interested individuals must send the following:
-Letter of intent
-Two letters of reference
-Proof of vaccinations (tetanus)
Your letter of intent must state the Session (please choose no more than
two) you are applying for and detail interests, experience, housing
accommodations requested and availability. Proof of vaccinations must be
provided before internship starts and is not necessary for application.

Please submit the above items via regular mail or email (preferred) to:
California Wildlife Center
Attn: Jeff Hall
P.O. Box 2022
Malibu, CA 90265
Email: jeff at cawildlife.org 

Please visit our website for more information and a link to the official
2015 internship announcement: www.cawildlife.org. 

Marine Program Manager
California Wildlife Center
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