[MARMAM] Marine mammal internship program in Maui, Hawaii

Stephanie Stack stephaniestack at pacificwhale.org
Mon Jan 28 17:06:00 PST 2019

*Pacific Whale Foundation* is a non-profit organization dedicated to
protecting whales and other marine wildlife through research, education,
and conservation. A research internship at our headquarters in Hawaii is an
excellent opportunity to gain experience in the field of marine mammal

*Commitment & Responsibilities*
We seek performance-driven, dedicated individuals for long-term internships
(approximately 3-4 months) based in Maui, Hawaii. Interns must be available
on a full-time basis, including weekends as needed. This internship is
primarily office-based and focuses on photo-identification cataloging.
Interns assist research staff with processing and analyzing data collected
for mysticete (humpback whale) and odontocete (toothed whale and dolphin)
studies and related projects.

In the office you will learn: how to input and organize data, how to
quality control data, how to photographically identify dolphins and whales,
how to use database software, and learn about the general biology and
ecology of Hawaii’s marine wildlife.

In the field you will learn: how to scan for and identify whales and
dolphins, how to collect photo-ID data, how to collect underwater footage,
and how to make behavioral observations of wild animals. Field days can
range from 8-12 hours in length and occur approximately 1-2 times per week.
Interns must be able to spend many hours on the water and on shore in
sometimes extreme weather conditions, including high temperatures and
carrying heavy loads of equipment.



   - Possess a university degree or be advanced undergraduates in biology,
   zoology, marine biology, ecology, or related field;
   - Available on an unpaid full-time basis for the entire internship
   - Available for all field work;
   - Have a mature attitude towards research;
   - Proficient with computers and data entry; specifically using PCs and
   Microsoft Office;
   - Willing to spend long hours in front of a computer doing repetitive
   - Have a strong work ethic and superior organizational skills;
   - Be independent, adaptable, and a fast-learner;
   - Able to collect and process data in a detail-oriented manner;
   - Have boating experience;
   - Able to speak, read and write English fluently.

There is no financial compensation for internship positions and no housing
is provided. Interns are responsible for their own travel and living
expenses. There is a public bus system available on the island.

*Application Process*
Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. or authorized to legally
remain in Hawaii if they are not U.S. citizens. International applicants
will be considered, but it is the responsibility of the applicant to
acquire necessary visas and documentation.

Interested candidates should submit an application with the following:

   - A cover letter including your availability i.e. preferred time period;
   - A resume describing training, experience and relevant skills;
   - Names and contact information of three references.

Please send these items as e-mail attachments (PDF preferred) to
research at pacificwhale.org.

While we thank you for applying, we will only contact applicants that are
selected for an interview.

*Pacific Whale Foundation Research Department*
300 Maalaea Rd., Suite 211
Wailuku, HI, 96793, USA
Phone: +1 808-856-8305
Email: research at pacificwhale.org
Website: www.pacificwhale.org/research


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