[MARMAM] Deadline Approaching - Marine Animal Response Internship in Hawaii

Jon Gelman jon.gelman at h-mar.org
Sun Nov 25 12:39:02 PST 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 Spring 2019 internship period. The deadline is December 15, 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 the largest Hawaii-based non-profit marine species conservation and response organization. We cover over 200 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 protected marine species in Hawaii. We focus our work on marine species whose natural behaviors and habitat put animals in close proximity to and are therefore most affected by human behavior. 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) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. More information about HMAR is available at http://h-mar.org.
- 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 or assist in field escalations, interventions or stranding support.
- Report on animal behavior, provide 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 protected marine species.
- 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 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 a passport and all applicable visas and work permits are 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.
- If college credit for this internship is desired it is the responsibility of the intern 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 work outdoors in a sunny, rainy, windy and hot climate.
- Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 75 pounds for 100 feet in shoreline beach and rocky conditions.
- Ability to swim 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 in 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 a valid drivers 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.
- Internship term: Minimum of 3 months (may be extended for up to 1 year upon mutual agreement).  Start date for 3-month minimum internship is somewhat flexible but must be between January 1, 2019 and March 15, 2019.  Interns must be on Oahu, settled and ready to begin training at least 2 weeks prior to internship start date.
- 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, or outside of, their normal scheduled hours. Work hours flexibility is required. Travel time to and from training and field 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 must be available for response anywhere on the Island of Oahu in the State of Hawaii.
The deadline for Spring 2019 internships is December 15, 2018.  To apply, 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 dates of 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 and thank you for your interest in Hawaii Marine Animal Response (HMAR).    

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