[MARMAM] Whale Museum Summer Internship Opportunity - San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network
jennifer at whalemuseum.org
Thu Feb 14 12:26:26 PST 2019
The Whale Museum's Stranding Network Program: Summer Internships!
The San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network (SJCMMSN), a program of
The Whale Museum established in 1980, is authorized by NMFS to respond to
all marine mammal strandings in San Juan County, WA. We typically respond to
more than 200 calls of both live and deceased animals per year. SJCMMSN is
currently recruiting a San Juan Island-based intern to help respond to
marine mammal strandings during our busy season. Interns and volunteers of
this critical program serve as ambassadors between humans and marine mammals
as well as contribute scientific data that is crucial to both human and
Internship is based in Friday Harbor, WA and requires approximately 35-40
hours per week from June-August. Schedule may vary and involve "on call"
time. There will be a variety of tasks both in the field and in an office
setting. Intern will receive a small stipend. Housing is not provided, but
shared housing at a reasonable cost is likely available.
KEY TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
* Assist with stranding response including: conducting health
assessments of live seal pups in the field; tagging harbor seals that are
not collected for rehabilitation; transferring harassed or injured pups to a
local rehabilitation center; conducting Level A examinations of dead marine
* Perform first mate duties on board The Whale Museum's stranding
boat, the R/V Buzzard
* Assist with necropsies of fresh dead marine mammals including:
transferring carcasses to the lab space; preparing, setting-up, and taking
down necropsy supplies; organizing and archiving biological samples
* Assist with data entry and analysis for SJCMMSN as well as The Whale
Museum's marine mammal sightings network
At least 18 years of age, physically fit (able to lift 40 lbs), possess a
valid US driver's license. Preference will be given to undergraduates or
recent graduates in the marine or wildlife sciences. Animal handling and/or
boating experience is preferred but not required.
HOW TO APPLY FOR INTERNSHIP POSITION:
Please submit a letter of interest, a resume, and three letters of
recommendation. Please include what dates you are available.
Applications accepted until March 8, 2019. Decisions will be made by April
Please send application materials to:
ATTN Jennifer Olson
The Whale Museum, P.O. Box 945, Friday Harbor, Washington 98250
Or email (preferred) to: jennifer at whalemuseum.org
For more information, visit the Stranding page on our website
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