[MARMAM] Marine Mammals of Maine Summer Internships

Walk, Dominique dwalk at mmome.org
Thu Jan 5 07:36:50 PST 2017

Marine Mammals of Maine (MMoME) is a relatively new non-profit organization
federally authorized to respond to live and dead marine mammals between
Kittery and Rockland, Maine. MMoME covers some of the busiest seal
stranding coastline during the summer months, totaling nearly 300 live and
dead animals annually. In 2016, MMoME received authorization to temporarily
hold sick and injured seals for stabilization before transport to long term
care centers-the first and only triage facility on the east coast. MMoME’s
mission also heavily encompasses education and outreach to many different
interest groups, addressing our growing human interaction numbers, and
increase awareness of marine mammals, environmental conservation, and the

MMoME is seeking 4 motivated, flexible and independent interns for the
months of May through August, or through October, to assist with our
busiest time of year-harbor seal pupping. Interns and volunteers are
critical in fulfilling our mission, and are given the unique opportunity to
participate in a variety of activities. The internship is based out of
midcoast Maine (specifically Harpswell), though travel throughout our
response region and rehabilitation centers in the Northeast will be
necessary. Interns must be adaptable and comfortable with an unpredictable
and changing work day as stranding response and temporary care frequently
change. Interns will be required to dedicate at least 20 hours per week to
the internship, and will be required to work during holidays, weekends, and
late hours. This internship is unpaid, though Maine’s busy summer tourist
industry offers many seasonal job opportunities for interns looking to
supplement their income.


·         ANIMAL RESPONSE: on-call for live and dead marine mammal
stranding response to collect Level A data, perform health assessments, and
monitor, relocate, or rescue as triage and rehabilitation resources allow.
Carcass collection for disposal or necropsy will also be required.

·         TEMPORARY CARE OF SEALS: assist with all aspects relating to the
care of sick, injured and abandoned pinnipeds undergoing stabilization
before transport to long-term care facilities. Tasks range from meal prep,
tube-feeding, assisting with medical procedures, animal restraint for
exams, running lab samples, medical record maintenance, cleaning, and
transport to long term care facilities.

·         NECROPSY: participate in necropsy of fresh dead seals and
cetaceans, and help transport carcasses to partner organizations assisting
MMoME with necropsy.

·         EDUCATION AND OUTREACH: assist with giving presentations to
interest groups about the organization, our mission and work, as well as
help create educational tools and materials.

·         INDEPENDENT PROJECT: each intern will design an independent
project relating to education/outreach, a research project using existing
MMoME data and/or specific data collected throughout the summer,
fundraising projects, social media/technology, outreach or other aspects of
marine mammal response and care or non-profit work of interest.

·         OTHER TASKS: data entry, assistance with fundraising events, and
other tasks as needed.


·         The internship is open to students who are currently enrolled in,
or recently graduated from an accredited college or university
(unfortunately, this internship is not yet designed for those seeking
advanced animal medical degrees).

·         Preference given to students/recent graduates working towards
biology, environmental studies, marine science, marine mammal science,
education, or other related fields.

·         Individuals that are passionate, responsible, hardworking,
willing to learn, flexible, able to work under little supervision, and
detail oriented are encouraged to apply.

·         Must be able to work independently and as part of a team, and be
adaptable to a changing and unpredictable schedule due to the nature of
stranding response.

·         Must commit to at least three months, and be available from at
least May 15 – August 15. Due to timing of pup season, beginning of May
through October is preferred.

·         Must have a valid driver’s license and a vehicle, and comfortable
driving a full size truck in urban and rural areas.

·         Preference given to individuals with a demonstrated interest in
marine mammals, are specifically interested in marine mammal response,
rescue, and care, previous marine mammal experience a plus.

Please send a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for
three references as well as the dates you are available to info at mmome.org
by February 15th. Interviews will be conducted shortly after.

*Dominique WalkMarine Mammals of Maine*
*Assistant Stranding Coordinator*

*Reporting Hotline: 1-800-532-9551Office Line: 207-833-3312*
*www.mmome.org <http://www.mmome.org>*
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