[MARMAM] Marine Mammal Research Internship in Hawaii
research at pacificwhale.org
Wed Sep 23 19:08:29 PDT 2015
Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF), based in Maui, Hawai‘i, is a non-profit
organization dedicated to protecting whales and other marine life through
research, education, and conservation. Our researchers have studied whales
and dolphins throughout the Pacific for over 30 years and currently conduct
projects in Hawai‘i, Australia, and Ecuador. We offer internships in our
Marine Mammal Research Program year-round.
PWF seeks performance-driven and dedicated individuals for long-term
internships. The date ranges for our internships are:
- May – August
- September – December (NOW INTERVIEWING)
However, these dates can be flexible for exceptional candidates.
Successful applicants are expected to dedicate 30-40 hours per week working
both in the office and on our research vessel. Applicants must be available
to work Monday - Friday and be available for all boat trips. Some field
days may fall on the weekends.
Interns will be based at PWF’s headquarters in Ma‘alaea, Maui and will
participate with multiple projects involving mysticetes (humpback whales)
and odontocetes (numerous species of toothed whales and dolphins).
Primary responsibilities are office-based and may include:
- Photo-identification matching of whale flukes and/or dolphin dorsal
- Data entry and archival tasks;
- Data processing and analysis;
- General operational tasks.
Additional responsibilities may include vessel-based data collection on
board PWF’s eco-tours, and/or research-specific surveys within the
four-island region of Maui, weather permitting.
Each intern may be assigned to a specific cetacean project (with ancillary
duties supporting field projects) according to skill set and availability.
Occasionally, interns may be asked to assist staff in other projects
(including events) as the need arises.
Ideal applicants should:
- Be advanced undergraduates or recent graduates in biology, zoology,
marine biology, ecology, or a related field;
- Be available to work Mon-Fri and must be available for all boat trips,
including some field days that fall on the weekends.
- Have a mature attitude towards research;
- Be proficient with computers and data entry; specifically using PCs
and the Microsoft Office suite of products;
- Have a strong work ethic, attention to detail and superior
- Have the ability to admit to mistakes;
- Be independent, adaptable, and a fast-learner;
- Be enthusiastic and possess a positive attitude;
- Be sociable and team-oriented;
- Be able to collect data in a detail-oriented manner;
- Have boating experience;
- Speak, read and write English fluently.
Interns must be able to spend many hours on the water and on shore in
sometimes extreme weather conditions. Field days typically exceed eight
hours and occur approximately two times per week.
Applicants with little biology or marine expertise that possess outstanding
skills in programming, statistical analysis, Geographic Information Systems
(GIS), and database management are also welcomed to apply.
There is no financial compensation for these positions and interns are
responsible for their own living and transportation expenses. There is
public transportation available on the island. Once accepted, the PWF staff
will be able to assist in finding suitable housing options.
Applicants must be authorized to legally remain in Hawai’i if they are not
U.S. citizens or authorized to work in the U.S.
Interested candidates should submit an application with the following:
- A cover letter including your availability, i.e. preferred time period
(1 page only);
- A resume describing training, experience and relevant skills (2 pages
- Names and contact information of three references.
Please send these items as e-mail attachments (PDF preferred) to
research at pacificwhale.org - No phone calls or drop-ins, please.
Pacific Whale Foundation
300 Ma'alaea Rd., Suite 211
Wailuku, HI 96793, USA
Phone: +1 808-856-8305
Fax: +1 808-243-9021
Email: research at pacificwhale.org
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