[MARMAM] Marine Mammals of Maine Summer Internship Opportunity

Walk, Dominique dwalk at mmome.org
Mon Dec 30 12:19:19 PST 2019

Marine Mammals of Maine (MMoME) is currently accepting applications for two
different internships for the 2020 harbor seal pup season. MMoME is a
non-profit organization federally authorized to respond to live and dead
marine mammals and sea turtles between Kittery and Rockland, Maine,
covering some of the busiest seal stranding activity. MMoME also operates a
unique triage and rehabilitation center which provides critical care to
sick and injured pinnipeds. Additionally, our mission heavily encompasses
research, education and outreach.

Interns 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 (town of Brunswick area), though travel
throughout our response region and the Northeast will be necessary. Interns
will be required to dedicate a minimum of 40-50 hours per week to the
internship (minimum of 4 days/week), and will include holidays, weekends
and late nights. This internship is unpaid, though seasonal job
opportunities are available in the area. Housing is not provided but staff
may be able to assist with sourcing options.

*Core Internship:* seeking 4 motivated, flexible and independent interns.

    · *STRANDING RESPONSE:* respond to live and dead cetacean, pinniped and
sea turtle strandings to collect Level A data, perform health assessments,
and monitor, relocate, collect for humane euthanasia, or rehabilitation.
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 (primarily harbor seal pups)
undergoing short, or long-term care at MMoME’s center. Tasks include 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:* transport carcasses to necropsy and compost sites, assist
with necropsy of fresh dead pinnipeds and cetaceans, and archive necropsy
    · *EDUCATION AND OUTREACH:* give presentations to the public about the
organization, attend outreach events, and help create educational materials;
    · *OTHER TASKS:* additional time during this internship will be spent
on data entry, fundraising, extensive cleaning, and other tasks as needed.

    · This internship is open to undergraduate students currently enrolled
in, or recently graduated (within two years) from an accredited college or
university (this internship is not yet designed for those pursuing DVM
    · The ideal candidate is working towards a career in marine mammal
science, veterinary medicine, marine biology, environmental education, or
related fields;
    · Must commit to at least three months, and be available from May 11th
to August 15th, or October 15th. *All interns must be able to start on May
    · 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;
    · Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds;
    · Individuals that are passionate, responsible, hardworking, eager to
learn, flexible, able to work under little supervision, able to work well
with others as a   team member, 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

*Advanced Marine Mammal Internship:* MMoME is seeking two Advanced Interns
to start May 4th through September 30th (end date can be flexible, but
start date cannot be flexible). The Advanced Interns will carry out the
same duties outlined for Core Interns, and additionally will assist staff
    · Obtaining and processing biological and diagnostic samples from
stranded marine mammals, as well as from triage and rehabilitation
pinnipeds in      MMoME’s care;
    · Clinical procedures, injections, and intravenous fluid therapy;
    · Dispensing oral medications as directed by MMoME staff and
    · After-hours medical care of triage or rehab patients in need of
extended critical care.

Requirements listed above for Core Internship apply for Advanced Interns,
in addition to:
    · Must be either a 4th year (or more) undergraduate student, a recent
graduate within the last 4 years, or actively enrolled in a graduate
    · Must have prior experience working directly with marine mammals, or
experience working in a clinical setting with other wildlife;
    · Must have demonstrated experience physically handling marine mammals
or other wildlife.

Please send a letter of interest, resume and contact information for two
references to info at mmome.org by 11:59 am February 3rd, 2020. Applications
must include which internship you are applying for (please pick *either*
advanced, *or* core), and the start and end dates you can commit to. For
more information on MMoME and our internship program, visit
https://mmome.org/summer-internship/. 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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