[MARMAM] Fall 2015 marine mammal stranding internships

Harry, Charles charry at ifaw.org
Wed Jul 8 11:29:24 PDT 2015

Marine Mammal Stranding 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 Internships for our fall session 2015 (September - early January 2016). 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 occurring each year.  These strandings include live and dead seals, large whales, porpoises, and dolphins.  The Cape Cod region also experiences an unusually high frequency of live, mass stranded dolphins.
Response Track Internship Duties

-          Assist staff with all aspects of marine mammal stranding response, including live animal health assessment and triage, stranding hotline coverage, dispatching of field responders, opportunistic public outreach, biological data collection, and sampling from dead stranded marine mammals

-          Assist in stranding preparedness, 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, including training and outreach material preparation and organization
Necropsy Track Internship Duties

-          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
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Must possess a valid driver’s license
- Must be of good physical fitness, be able to lift/carry 40lbs, walk long distances in difficult terrain, and work in harsh weather conditions at times
- 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 large trucks
- 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, as well as 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 it is the responsibility of the applicant to acquire necessary visas and documentation, including an international driver’s license.  The internship position requires the commitment for the full session (September - early January 2016). Interns are required to attend three 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 his/her educational institution.
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 use the link below to access the online application and to upload supporting materials (Cover Letter, Resume and Letter of Recommendation from college professor or employer)

All application materials must be received by Monday, July 27th by 5:00pm EST
(If interested in both internship tracks, you must submit a separate application for each)

Interviews and final candidate selections will be completed by Friday, August 14th

Tentative intern orientation date will be Monday, September 14th

Tentative end date will be January 8th, 2016

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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