[MARMAM] The Whale Museum 2016 Stranding Network Internship

Jennifer Olson jennifer at whalemuseum.org
Fri Jan 29 15:47:00 PST 2016


The Whale Museum's Stranding Network Program: Summer Internship 2016

 

The San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network (SJCMMSN), a program of
The Whale Museum established in 1980, is authorized by NMFS to respond to
all marine mammal strandings in San Juan County, WA. We typically respond to
more than 200 calls of both live and deceased animals a year.  SJCMMSN is
currently recruiting a San Juan Island-based intern to help respond to
marine mammal strandings during our busy season. Interns and volunteers of
this critical program serve as ambassadors between humans and marine mammals
as well as contribute scientific data that is crucial to both human and
animal health.

Internship is based in Friday Harbor, WA: approximately 35-40 hours per
week, June-August; variety of tasks both in the field and in an office
setting. Schedule may vary and involve "on call" time. Intern will receive a
small stipend. Shared housing at reasonable cost is likely available.

 

KEY TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

*	Assist with stranding response including: health assessments of live
seal pups in the field; tagging harbor seals that are not collected for
rehabilitation; transfer of harassed or injured pups to a local
rehabilitation center; Level A examinations of dead marine mammals
*	Perform first mate duties on board The Whale Museum's stranding
boat, the R/V Buzzard
*	Assist with necropsies of fresh dead marine mammals including:
transfer of carcass to the lab space; preparation, set-up, and take-down of
necropsy supplies; organizing and archiving biological samples
*	Assist with data entry and analysis

 

REQUIREMENTS:

At least 18 years of age, physically fit (able to lift 40 lbs), possess a
valid US driver's license. Preference will be given to undergraduates or
recent graduates in the marine or wildlife sciences. Animal handling and/or
boating experience is preferred but not required. 

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR INTERNSHIP POSITION:
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 1, 2016. Decisions will be made by April
1, 2016.

Please send application materials to:
ATTN Jennifer Olson
The Whale Museum, P.O. Box 945, Friday Harbor, Washington 98250
Or email (preferred) to: jennifer at whalemuseum.org

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Olson

Data Specialist - Stranding Coordinator - Collections Curator

The Whale Museum 

Office: (360) 378-4710 ext. 27

Stranding hotline: 1-800-562-8832

 

 

 

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