[MARMAM] Marine Mammals of Maine Internship Announcement

Walk, Dominique dwalk at mmome.org
Thu Jan 4 08:56:46 PST 2018

*Marine Mammals of Maine 2018 Summer Internship Opportunity*

Marine Mammals of Maine (MMoME) is a non-profit organization federally
authorized to respond to live and dead marine mammals and sea turtles
between Kittery and Rockland, Maine. MMoME covers some of the busiest seal
stranding coastline, totaling nearly 300 live and dead animals annually.
MMoME operates a pinniped triage and rehabilitation center. Our mission
also heavily encompasses research, education and outreach, and is dedicated
to raising awareness about marine mammals and environmental conservation.

MMoME is seeking 6 motivated, flexible and independent interns for the
months of May through August, or May through October. 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 (Harpswell), though travel throughout our
response region and the Northeast will be necessary. Interns must be
adaptable and comfortable with an unpredictable and changing work
environment as stranding response and patient care frequently change.
Interns will be required to dedicate a minimum of 40-50 hours per week to
the internship, and work holidays and weekends. This internship is unpaid,
though seasonal job opportunities are available in the area.


·  *ANIMAL RESPONSE:* Respond to live and dead cetacean and pinniped
strandings to collect Level A data, perform health assessments, and
monitor, relocate, collect for humane euthanasia, or rescue as triage and
rehabilitation resources allow. Carcass collection for disposal or necropsy
will also be required.

· *IN-HOUSE PATIENT CARE:* Assist with all aspects relating to the care of
sick, injured and abandoned pinnipeds undergoing short-term, or long-term
care at our center. 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

·  *NECROPSY:* Assist with necropsy of fresh dead pinnipeds and cetaceans,
and transport carcasses to partner organizations.

· *EDUCATION AND OUTREACH:* Give presentations to the public about the
organization, attend outreach events, and help create educational materials.

· *INDEPENDENT PROJECT:* Each intern will design an independent project
relating to education/outreach, a research project using MMoME data, social
media/technology/graphic design, or other aspects of marine mammal
response, care or non-profit work.

· *OTHER TASKS:* Additional time during this internship will be spent on
data entry, fundraising, maintenance of the triage center, and other tasks
as needed.


· The internship is open to undergraduate students who are currently
enrolled in, or recently graduated (within 2 years) from an accredited
college or university (this internship is not yet designed for those
pursuing DVM degrees).

· The ideal candidate is working towards a career in marine mammal science,
veterinary technology, pre-veterinary, marine biology, environmental
education, or other related fields.

· Must commit to at least three months, and be available from May 15–
August 15, or October 15. MUST be able to start *no later than May 21st,

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

· Must be able to work independently and as part of a team, and be
adaptable to a changing and unpredictable schedule.

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

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

Please send a letter of interest, resume, contact information for two
references, and the specific dates you are available to info at mmome.org by
February 1, 2018. Interviews will be conducted shortly after. We look
forward to your application for this exciting experience!

*Dominique Walk*

*Assistant Stranding Coordinator*

*Marine Mammals of MaineOffice: 207-833-3312*

*Reporting Hotline: 1-800-532-9551*
*www.mmome.org <http://www.mmome.org>*
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