[MARMAM] Marine Mammals of Maine 2016 summer internship announcement

Walk, Dominique dwalk at mmome.org
Wed Jan 27 09:36:26 PST 2016

Marine Mammals of Maine (MMoME) is a relatively new non-profit organization
federally authorized to respond to live and dead marine mammals. MMoME is
dedicated to providing response, assistance and care to stranded marine
mammals between Kittery and Rockland, Maine. The organization covers some
of the busiest seal stranding coastline during the summer months, totaling
over 300 live and dead stranded marine mammals every year. MMoME recently
received authorization to temporarily hold, and stabilize, sick and injured
seals before transporting them to long term care facilities-currently the
only triage facility on the east coast. MMoME’s mission also heavily
targets education and outreach to many different interest groups to address
our growing human interaction numbers, and increase awareness of marine
mammals, their protection, and the organization.

MMoME is seeking up to 4 qualified, motivated, and independent interns for
the months of May through August, or May through October, to assist with
our busiest time of year-harbor seal pupping. Interns and volunteers are
critical in fulfilling our mission and are able to participate in a variety
of activities. The internship is based out of midcoast Maine, though travel
throughout our response region, as well as to rehabilitation centers, will
be necessary. Interns will be required to dedicate at least 20 hours per
week, and may be required to work during holidays, weekends, and late
hours. This internship is unpaid, and shared housing may be available.
Maine’s busy tourist industry during the summer months offers many seasonal
job opportunities for interns looking to supplement their income.


·         ANIMAL RESPONSE: on-call for live and dead marine mammal
stranding response to perform health assessments and carry out response
actions such as monitor, relocate, collect for rehabilitation, or transport
live animals, and data and carcass collection for necropsy or disposal of
deceased animals.

·         TEMPORARY CARE OF SEALS: assist with the care of sick and injured
seals being temporarily held and stabilized. Tasks range from tube-feeding,
assisting with medical procedures, animal restraint for exams, running lab
samples, record maintenance and transport to long term care facilities.

·         TRIAGE CENTER MAINTAINANCE: assist with maintenance and
organization of MMoME’s new triage center including cleaning of animal
enclosures, tools, maintaining lab equipment, and general projects to
continue growing the facility.

·         NECROPSY: participate in necropsies of fresh dead seals and
cetaceans, and help transport carcasses to partner organizations assisting
MMoME with necropsy.

·         EDUCATION AND OUTREACH: assist MMoME staff with education and
outreach by giving presentations to interest groups about the organization,
our mission, and work, as well as help create educational tools and

·         INDEPENDENT PROJECT: each intern will design an independent
project relating to education/outreach, a research project using existing
MMoME data and/or specific data collected throughout the summer,
fundraising projects, or other aspects of marine mammal response and care
or non-profit work of interest to the intern.

·         OTHER TASKS: data entry, assistance with fundraising events, and
other tasks as needed


·         The internship is open to students who are currently enrolled in,
or recently graduated from an accredited college or university. High school
students may also be considered, but must be at least 18 years of age.

·         Preference will be given to students or recent graduates working
towards biology, environmental studies, marine science, education, or other
related fields.

·         Individuals that are passionate, responsible, hardworking,
willing to learn, and have attention to detail are encouraged to apply.

·         Must be able to work independently and as part of a team, and be
adaptable to a changing and unpredictable schedule due to the nature of
stranding response.

·         Interns must be able to commit to at least three months, and
should be available to work from at least May 15 , 2016 – August 15, 2016.

·         Must have a valid driver’s license as well as a vehicle.

·         Must be comfortable driving a truck.

·         If an intern plans to receive school credit for an internship they
must notify staff prior to the internship start date, and it will be the
responsibility of the applicant to ensure all required paperwork is
completed and submitted.

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 February 29, 2016. Interviews will
be conducted in early March, and final decisions will be announced
mid-March. *Please send application materials and questions to*:
info at mmome.org or
Marine Mammals of Maine
P.O. Box 751
Bath, ME 04530

*Dominique Walk*

*Assistant Stranding Coordinator*

*Marine Mammals of Maine*

*Reporting Hotline: 1-800-532-9551*
*www.mmome.org <http://www.mmome.org>*
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