[MARMAM] Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Intern (unpaid)

Erin R. Bates EBates at virginiaaquarium.com
Wed Feb 15 11:48:13 PST 2017

Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Intern (unpaid)

The Virginia Aquarium’s Research & Conservation Division is now accepting Stranding
Response Intern applications for summer 2017. There are four positions available. The application
deadline is March 17, 2017. Please note that all positions are non-compensatory and housing is not
provided by the Virginia Aquarium. Interns are fully responsible for fulfilling all requirements of
their home institutions in order to receive academic credit.

•     Assist in stranding response for live and dead marine mammals and sea turtles in the field
and at the Marine Animal Care Center. Work may be conducted under adverse weather conditions such
as extreme heat, humidity or rain/wind.
•     Assist with data and sample collection.
•     Participate in post-mortem examinations, data collection, and disposal.
•     Assist in the care of animals in rehabilitation including, but not limited to: food
preparation, feeding, cleaning (mopping floor, washing dirty laundry, vacuuming tanks, washing
dishes, etc.), tank repairs, and other husbandry duties.
•     Assist in coordinating the release of rehabilitated and disentangled animals.
•     Assist with public outreach and education events.
•     Assist with volunteer and cooperator trainings.
•     Assist staff with daily administrative tasks including answering phones, taking messages,
preparing volunteers for response, office organization, and data entry.
•     Develop and complete an independent, staff assigned project and 15 minute presentation for
the stranding staff and volunteers
•     Other duties as assigned by Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response staff

Qualifications: Applicants must: 1) be at least 18 years of age; 2) be comfortable with driving
full-sized pick-up trucks; 3) be in good physical condition and able to lift over 25 pounds and 4)
be able to work in adverse conditions. Applicants should work well both independently and as part
of a team. Candidates should be self-motivated, articulate, mature, reliable, responsible and able
to take, as well as give direction. Internships are open to undergraduate and graduate students.
Preference is given to students who have completed their sophomore year and are working towards
credit for a degree in science. Undergraduate, graduate and post-college students are all
encouraged to apply. A background in biology and familiarity with stranding response is preferred
but not required.

Requirements: Interns are expected to work 24 hours a week (three eight-hour days) for 10
consecutive weeks unless prior approval for breaks is approved. Some weekends and holidays may be
assigned. Housing and transportation cannot be provided. Most of the animals the stranding center
works with are dead (approximately 90%) and most are decomposing. The center may get 10-12
strandings per day in the peak summer season. This is a position that requires a strong nose,
stomach and mental state. IT IS NOT FOR EVERYONE! Please consider
is before applying.

A complete Stranding Response Intern/Apprentice application packet must include the following
required components:

•     Cover Letter
•     Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center internship application form
•     (2) Letters of Recommendation (one must be from an academic instructor)
•     Statement of Intent: (1) page describing how the intern applicant intends to use the
internship experience to assist in career or academic goals.
•     Resume
•     Official College Transcript(s)

Forward your completed application packet to: Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center 717 General
Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
Attn: Volunteer Resources Office - Intern Applicant
OR email complete application packet to aquavols at virginiaaquarium.com

Questions about the VAQS unpaid internship opportunity can be directed to:
Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program
Email: vaqstranding at gmail.com

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