[MARMAM] Marine Mammal Research Internships in Hawai‘i

PWF Research Department research at pacificwhale.org
Thu Jun 16 13:06:46 PDT 2016

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.

We are currently recruiting interns for our September – December
internship. The deadline for applications is June 30.

*Commitment                   *

PWF seeks performance-driven and dedicated individuals for long-term
(approximately 4 month) internships. 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 field work. Some weekend work may also be required.


Interns will be based at PWF’s headquarters on Maui, Hawaii 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 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 include field work: boat surveys within the
four-island region of Maui, and land-based surveys using a theodolite.

Each intern may be assigned to a specific cetacean project according to
skill set and availability. Interns also assist staff with other projects,
such as outreach events, as the need arises.


Ideal applicants should:

   - Be advanced undergraduates or recent graduates in biology or a related
   - Be available to volunteer on a full-time basis and must be available
   for all field work;
   - 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
   organizational skills;
   - Have the ability to work well both in a team and independently;
   - Have the ability to admit to mistakes;
   - Be adaptable and a fast-learner;
   - 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, including high temperatures. Field
days typically exceed eight hours and occur approximately two times per

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.

*Application process*

Applicants must be authorized to legally remain in Hawai’i for 4 months 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!

*Research Department*

Pacific Whale Foundation

300 Ma'alaea Rd., Suite 211

Wailuku, HI 96793, USA

Email: research at pacificwhale.org

Website: www.pacificwhale.org



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