[MARMAM] 2018 Research Internships in Maui, Hawai‘i
PWF Research Department
research at pacificwhale.org
Thu Aug 31 14:36:20 PDT 2017
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 35 years and currently conduct
projects in Hawai‘i, Australia, and Ecuador. For more information about
Pacific Whale Foundation and our research please visit www.pacificwhale.org
PWF seeks performance-driven and dedicated individuals for long-term
internships based out of our Maalaea, Maui offices. Interns must be
available on a full-time basis, including weekends as needed.
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 for
odontocetes and marine debris (year-round), and land-based surveys for
humpback whales using a theodolite (winter months only).
Interns must be able to spend many hours on the water and on shore in
sometimes extreme weather conditions, including high temperatures, hiking
into remote areas, and carrying heavy loads of equipment. Field days
typically exceed eight hours and occur approximately 1-3 times per week.
- Be advanced undergraduates or recent graduates in biology or a related
field (if you are seeking college/university credit please indicate so in
- Be available to volunteer on a full-time basis for the entire
internship period 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;
- Willingness to spend long hours in front of a computer doing
- Have a strong work ethic, attention to detail, and superior
- 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 experience collecting data in the field;
- Speak, read and write English fluently;
- Must be a U.S. citizen or legally authorized remain in Hawai’i for the
internship period. International applicants will be considered, but it is
the responsibility of the applicant to acquire necessary visas and
There is no financial compensation for these positions and no housing is
provided. Interns are responsible for their own travel and living expenses.
There is public transportation available on the island.
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 specify in your cover letter which internship period you are
January 1 – April 30
May 1 – August 31
September 1 – December 31
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: +1 808-856-8338
Email: research at pacificwhale.org
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