[MARMAM] Marine Mammal Center Winter Stranding Internship

Laura Chapman chapmanl at TMMC.org
Sat Oct 31 14:43:36 PDT 2015


The Rescue Department of The Marine Mammal Center is seeking applicants for internships working with stranded pinnipeds, cetaceans and sea otters.  These positions are unpaid.

Internship Opportunities are available at the following locations.
·         San Luis Obispo Operations in Morro Bay
·         Monterey Bay Operations in Moss Landing
·         Main Hospital in Sausalito

Program Description:
The Rescue Department Internship is an exciting opportunity for individuals who are interested in increasing their experience and knowledge of marine mammal behavior and the Marine Mammal Stranding Network.  Interns will be responsible for answering the animal hotline and rotating the after-hours on-call.  Interns will coordinate rescue and triage response throughout the Center's over 600-mile rescue range.  Interns will have the opportunity to participate in marine mammal rescues, releases and other field responses as available.  In addition, interns will be required to assist in other departments and with animal care duties (feed preparations, medical charting, and pen cleaning) for on-site pinnipeds.  Other duties may include: participation in training classes, data entry and tracking, maintaining rescue equipment and assorted miscellaneous tasks.

Intern Responsibilities & Qualifications:
The internship is open to all applicants 21 years of age or older, with an avid interest in marine biology, zoology, general biology, policy or a related field.   If the intern intends to receive university credit for their internship, they are responsible for making all arrangements with their educational institution.  Interns must be able to work for a minimum of 3 months, 5 days a week, at least 40 hours per week.  Work schedule must be flexible and may include weekends and holidays.  This is an unpaid position and all interns are responsible for obtaining housing and transportation.  Applicants should demonstrate excellent communication skills and have practical computer knowledge with programs such as Word, Access, and Excel.  This internship position involves a fair amount of physical activity, such as: lifting, restraining and moving animals.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a résumé that includes the names of three references, and a cover letter detailing interests, experience, housing accommodations, and availability.  Please forward all application materials electronically to intern at tmmc.org<mailto:intern at tmmc.org>.  Include the Internship period and location to which you are applying in the subject line of the email.  For example:  Stranding Internship application - Winter 2016 - any location or Stranding Internship application - Summer 2016 - San Luis Obispo.

There is some flexibility on the start date of each position, with the earliest start date of January 1st and the last available internship beginning September 1st.

Internship Period

Application Deadline


Notification of acceptance by

Approximate Internship Time


November 13, 2015

December 1-4, 2015

December 17, 2015

January - April 2016


February 5, 2016

February 15-19, 2016

February 26, 2016

April - June 2016


February 26, 2016

March 7-11, 2016

March 31, 2016

June - August 2016


May 13, 2016

May 16-20, 2016

June 1, 2016

Sept - December 2016

The Marine Mammal Center is a non-profit hospital dedicated to the rescue and release of sick, injured or orphaned marine mammals, and to research about their health and diseases.  Volunteers and staff have responded to more than 18,500 sea lions, seals, dolphins, porpoises, and other marine life.  The Center uniquely combines its rehabilitation program with scientific discovery and education programs to advance the understanding of marine mammal health, ocean health and conservation.   For more information, please visit our website at www.marinemammalcenter.org<http://www.marinemammalcenter.org>.

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