[MARMAM] Internship opportunities in Hawaii - Hawaiian Monk Seal and Sea Turtle Field Response Teams - DEADLINE APPROACHING

Jon Gelman jon.gelman at h-mar.org
Wed Mar 7 15:23:36 PST 2018

Announcing internship openings on our Hawaiian Monk Seal and Sea Turtle Field Response Teams on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii – DEADLINE APPROACHING




We are Hawaii’s largest non-profit marine species response organization, covering approximately 300 miles of coastline on the Hawaiian Islands of Oahu and Molokai with our team of over 100 volunteers, interns and staff. Our field response team spends thousands of hours each year responding to reports of activity involving protected marine animals such as the endangered Hawaiian monk seal and endangered or threatened marine turtles to aid in species recovery, research and stranding support.  Our work helps save these animals from deaths and injuries caused by disease, hookings, entanglement in marine debris and dangerous or inappropriate interaction with humans and pets. Equally important is our ability to use this extensive level of field activity as well as our presence in schools, community events and public venues to engage with tens of thousands of members of the public each year to build understanding, stewardship and support for Hawaii’s protected marine species and the coastal ecosystem we share.  Learn more about us at www.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 specific reports of marine mammal haul-out or stranding activity.

* Perform land-based and in-water marine turtle stranding response, field intervention and research capture-mark-recapture activities

* Report on animal behavior, provide basic animal assessment information, provide photo-documentation and other important data used in endangered 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 endangered and threatened marine species.

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

* Participate in dispatch and reporting activity such as the taking and documenting of phone calls or mobile-app generated reports of marine species activity, coordinating field response activity, data entry and generating reports.




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 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 shoreline beach and rocky 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 preferable. 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 smartphone 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.




* 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.




* Internship period - January 1st to April 30th each year, application deadline is the prior October 31st

* Internship period - May 1st to August 31st each year, application deadline is the prior March 31st

* Internship period - September 1st to December 31st each year, application deadline is the prior July 31st




Online internship application may be completed at www.h-mar.org/apply. Note the additional information below that must be submitted with your online application via email to info at h-mar.org.


In addition to completion of the online application, please submit the following information via email to info at h-mar.org.

(1)  A cover letter of interest, maximum of 1 page, including your availability (i.e. preferred internship period).

(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.

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