[MARMAM] The Whale Museum's Soundwatch Boater Education Program Summer Internship!

elizabeth at whalemuseum.org elizabeth at whalemuseum.org
Fri Jan 29 18:04:44 PST 2016

Be Part of the Soundwatch Boater Education Program: 
Summer Internships Available!
Soundwatch is a successful and internationally acclaimed education and monitoring program working to reduce vessel disturbance to orcas and other marine wildlife in the Salish Sea region of Washington State (USA) and British Columbia (Canada). Soundwatch needs interns to help conduct seasonal vessel patrols, educate boaters on regional/federal guidelines and regulations and collect data while monitoring vessel activities around whales. Data from this critical program characterizes vessel activity trends around endangered orcas and other marine wildlife. The data is used to promote better boater compliance and to inform marine mammal management strategies such as state and federal vessel laws and guidelines. The Soundwatch program is operated by The Whale Museum (TWM), a not-for-profit organization located in Friday harbor on San Juan Island in Washington State.
Interns Must: 
Commit to at least 12 weeks between May and September
Be able to work approximately 30-40 hours per week, Mon-Sun
Perform a variety of tasks both in the field, on the boat and in an office
Have strong sense of responsibility, work ethic and attention to detail
Produce high quality research efforts and exhibit strong interpersonal skills
Field days: Interns must be able to spend many hours on the water sometimes in extreme seasonal conditions. Field days typically exceed eight hours and occur at least three or four times a week.
Internship is located in Friday Harbor, Washington. This is an unpaid position and Interns are responsible for their own housing and transportation. Once accepted, TWM staff will be able to assist Interns in suggesting suitable housing options and locations.
Applicant requirements: At least 18 years of age, physically fit (able to lift 40 lbs), must be able to swim, not easily susceptible to seasickness, and familiar with database spreadsheets. Preference will be given to undergraduates or recent graduates in the marine or wildlife sciences. Interns will need a valid US passport or an enhanced driver's license and CPR/First Aid certification. A state boater license/or equivalent safe boating card, not required, but is encouraged.
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 March 15th, 2016.
Decisions will be made by April 1, 2016.
Elizabeth Seely
Soundwatch Coordinator
P.O. Box 945
Friday Harbor, Washington 98250
Or email (preferred) to: [ soundwatch at whalemuseum.org ]( mailto:soundwatch at whalemuseum.org )
Please visit The Whale Museum’s Web site for more information on Soundwatch:  [ http://www.whalemuseum.org/programs/soundwatch/soundwatch.html ]( http://www.whalemuseum.org/programs/soundwatch/soundwatch.html )
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