[MARMAM] Marine Mammals of Maine Internship Opportunity

Walk, Dominique dwalk at mmome.org
Tue Jan 8 07:42:26 PST 2019

*Marine Mammals of Maine 2019 Summer Internship Opportunity*

Marine Mammals of Maine (MMoME) is a non-profit organization federally
authorized to respond to live and dead marine mammals and sea turtles
between Kittery and Rockland, Maine. MMoME covers some of the busiest seal
stranding coastline, averaging 300 live and dead animals annually. MMoME
also operates a triage and rehabilitation center which provides critical
care to sick and injured pinnipeds. Additionally, our mission heavily
encompasses research, education and outreach, and is dedicated to promoting
environmental conservation. MMoME is offering 2 different internships for
the 2019 summer harbor seal pup season.

*Core Internship:* seeking 6 motivated, flexible and independent interns
for the months of May through August, or May through October. 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 (Harpswell), 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 night feeds. 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


·         *ANIMAL 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
rescue. 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 undergoing short, or
long-term care at the 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 samples;

·         *EDUCATION AND OUTREACH:* give presentations to the public about
the organization, attend outreach events, and help create educational

·         *OTHER TASKS:* additional time during this internship will be
spent on data entry, fundraising, cleaning, and other tasks as needed.


·         The internship is open to undergraduate students currently
enrolled in, or recently graduated (within 2 years) from an accredited
college or         university (this internship is not yet designed for
those pursuing DVM degrees);

·         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
13– August 15, or October 15. MUST be able to start *no later than May *
     *20th, 2019;*

·         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;

·         Individuals that are passionate, responsible, hardworking, eager
to learn, flexible, able to work under little supervision, 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 plus;

*Advanced Marine Mammal Internship:* MMoME is seeking Advanced Response and
Care interns to start May 1st through September 30th (end date can be
flexible). Advanced interns will also work 40-50 hours/week (4 days/week)
including holidays, weekends, and night feeds. This internship is unpaid
though seasonal jobs are available in the area, and housing is not provided
but MMoME may be able to assist with sourcing options. The Advanced interns
will carry out the same duties outlined for Core Interns, and additionally
will assist staff with:

·         Obtaining and processing diagnostic samples from stranded marine
mammals, as well as triage and rehabilitation pinnipeds in MMoME’s care;

·         Clinical procedures, injections, and 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 as directed by staff and veterinarian;

·         Lead volunteer and intern shifts.

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 handling marine mammals or
other large wildlife.

Please send a letter of interest, resume and contact information for two
references to info at mmome.org by February 8th, 2019. Your application should
additionally include which internship you are applying for, and the start
and end dates you can commit to for that 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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