[MARMAM] Internship Opportunity - DEADLINE APPROACHING - Hawaii Marine Animal Response

Jon Gelman jon.gelman at h-mar.org
Mon Jul 2 20:49:15 PDT 2018

JOIN OUR FIELD RESPONSE TEAM on the beautiful island of Oahu in the State of Hawaii.  We are accepting applications for interns for our Fall 2018 internship period.  The deadline is July 31, 2018.  Here is more detail about this opportunity.




Hawaii Marine Animal Response (HMAR) is the field operations arm of Hawaii Marine Mammal Alliance Inc. and is Hawaii’s largest non-profit marine species conservation and response organization. We cover approximately 300 miles of coastline on the islands of Oahu and Molokai with our team of volunteers, interns and staff. We are a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, conservation and stewardship of Hawaii’s protected marine species. We focus our work on marine species whose natural behaviors and habitat put animals in close proximity to humans and are therefore most adversely affected by human activity. These species include the Hawaiian monk seal, the Green sea turtle, the Hawksbill sea turtle, the Spinner dolphin and the Humpback whale. HMAR is supported by private donations, corporate funding and government grants and operates under partnerships with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). More information about HMAR is available at http://h-mar.org.




- Surveying for, or responding to sightings of, endangered or threatened marine species such as Hawaiian monk seals and sea turtles to provide shoreline response to haul-outs and strandings.

- Perform land-based field response to reports of marine mammal haul-out or stranding activity.

- Perform land-based and in-water marine turtle stranding and field intervention.

- Report on animal behavior, provide basic animal assessment information, provide photo-documentation and other important data used in protected marine species research, health management and species recovery efforts.

- Perform outreach to the public to teach sustainable human interaction and fishery behaviors and encourage stewardship of Hawaii’s protected marine species.

- Response team duties may also include escalated or emergency field response and assisting with protected marine species intervention activity and stranding support.

- Participate in dispatch and reporting activity such as the taking and documenting phone call reports of marine species activity, coordinating field response activity, data entry and generating reports.


LOCATION: These positions require on-island travel throughout the island of Oahu in the State of Hawaii.




- This is an un-paid internship opportunity that requires the intern to live on the island of Oahu in the State of Hawaii for the period beginning 2 weeks prior to the start of the internship until the end of the internship. The intern is responsible for all lodging, living and transportation costs associated with the internship.

- U.S. citizenship or possession of passport and all applicable visas and work permits needed prior to and during the internship period.

- 18 or more years of age.

- English language fluency.

- Must be a degree-seeking student or a graduate of a college or university program associated with one of the following courses of study: marine biology, marine ecology, conservation, environmental science or a related field.

- Minimum grade point average (GPA). For college/university graduates, a 2.7 cumulative GPA prior to the internship. For current students, a 2.7 cumulative GPA prior to and during the internship.

- College credit: If college credit for this internship is desired it is the intern’s responsibility to obtain necessary approvals from the applicable college or university.

- Ability to walk in sandy, rocky and sometimes unstable shoreline conditions for 2 miles.

- Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 75 pounds for 100 feet in shoreline beach and rocky conditions.

- Ability to swim required.

- Experience with small boat operations and open ocean in-water environments (desired but not required).

- Ability to maintain a calm demeanor in potentially stressful conditions.

- Possess a team-based work ethic and attitude.

- Acceptance of our Intern Policies, Waivers, Releases and Indemnifications.

- Attend mandatory in-field or classroom training sessions as required.

- Possess an interest and a desire to engage with the public.

- Must have access to a reliable car or truck (truck preferred) during the internship period. Motorcycles or scooters will not be sufficient.

- Possession of a valid driver’s license.

- Proof of automobile insurance carrying Hawaii minimum liability coverage levels.

- Access to a cellular phone with 4G data service and camera.

- Access to binoculars with at least a 10X magnification level, OR access to a digital camera (not a smartphone) with at least a 35X zoom lens and Wi-Fi capability. One of these two items is required.

- Pass a background check.




- Internship term: Minimum of 3 months (may be extended for up to 1 year upon mutual agreement)

- Hours per week: 20 hours minimum however due to the unpredictable nature of marine animal response, the intern may sometimes be required to work beyond their normal scheduled hours. Travel time to and from training locations, field survey locations or response locations is not included in these minimum hours. The intern must be able and willing to work flexible hours including weekends and holidays.

- The intern is expected to be available for response anywhere on the Island of Oahu in the State of Hawaii.




The 3-month September 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018 internship period deadline is approaching.  The application deadline is July 31, 2018.  Some flexibility on the internship start date and end date may be available depending on the situation. If you are interested in applying for an internship in 2019, you may still apply (see below).




Please go to http://h-mar.org/apply and complete the online application.  IN ADDITION to completion of the online application, please submit the following information via email to laura.marin.samper at h-mar.org.


(1) A cover letter of interest, maximum of 1 page, including your availability.

(2) Confirmation that you have, or will have, access to a reliable car or truck during the internship period (truck preferred)

(3) A resume describing your training, experience, relevant skills and GPA (maximum of 2 pages).

(4) Names and contact information for three references.


Your application cannot be considered unless both the online application and the required documents listed above are received. We look forward to receiving your application.




   Jon D. Gelman

   Hawaii Marine Animal Response / Hawaii Marine Mammal Alliance

   jon.gelman at h-mar.org    

   Direct: (808) 626-5295 

   Web:  http://h-mar.org 


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