[MARMAM] Marine Mammal Response & Recovery Volunteer Internship Opportunity: O'ahu

Aliza Milette-Winfree - NOAA Federal aliza.milette at noaa.gov
Wed Nov 20 15:27:12 PST 2019

Are you interested in a career working with marine mammals or endangered
species? The NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Pacific Islands
Regional Office, in Honolulu, Hawaii, has a limited number of volunteer
opportunities in marine mammal stranding response and Hawaiian monk seal
recovery for highly dedicated and motivated individuals. NMFS oversees
marine mammal health and stranding response activities, including
responding to live and dead cetaceans and monk seals in the main Hawaiian
Islands under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and
Endangered Species Act. NMFS is also responsible for collecting endangered
Hawaiian monk seal sighting data, overseeing responses to Hawaiian monk
seal haul outs and pupping events, and other activities supporting monk
seal recovery. For more information on these programs please visit:



Volunteers will support NMFS staff and partners in conducting marine mammal
response and Hawaiian monk seal recovery activities, with opportunities to
be involved in a variety of ongoing projects, including data collection,
data entry and queries, answering the marine mammal hotline, developing
educational materials and outreach products, assisting with outreach
events, trainings, and community engagement activities, and other field
duties as they arise. Volunteers may also have opportunities to take part
in live and dead marine mammal stranding response, assisting with duties
such as, monitoring animals of concern, documentation and assessment,
logistics, carcass retrieval, and necropsies.

This opportunity will provide volunteers with a foundation in endangered
species management and marine mammal health and stranding response. This is
a unique opportunity to gain experience in the highly competitive field of
marine mammal management, science, and behavior while working side by side
with professionals in the field of wildlife management and conservation


·       Must be a US Citizen

·       Commitment of *a minimum of 16 hours per week* (Mon.-Fri. during
regular business hours) with some additional weekend availability for
a *minimum
of 6 months*. *Preference will be given to those who are available for a
longer commitment (1+ years).* This opportunity is flexible in nature,
therefore work hours, start and end date of each volunteer’s program, and
duties may vary based on the individual’s availability, skills, and NMFS
program needs.

·       College student or recent graduate- coursework in biology, marine
biology, psychology, social science, Hawaiian studies, communications,
social marketing, animal science, computer science, zoology, ecology or
related field is preferred.

·       Must be able to work in a team environment, have good communication
skills, be flexible, detail oriented, and be able to work independently.

·       Dedicated and able to diligently work long hours in computer

·       Work can be physically demanding. Volunteers must be comfortable
working in the elements (rain or shine), be able to lift 40 lbs, walk long
distances on beaches, and be able to swim.

·       Working knowledge of word processing software, spreadsheets and
databases, GIS, and computer networks would also be advantageous.

·       Volunteers must have reliable transportation and be willing and
able to submit fingerprints for a background check.

*Application Requirements*

If you are interested in this unpaid volunteer opportunity, *please submit
your application materials to: **piro.mmrvolunteers at noaa.gov*
<piro.mmrvolunteers at noaa.gov>*  by December 15, 2019. *Include your
unofficial transcripts, a resume, and a cover letter summarizing any
related professional or volunteer experiences and relevant educational
background that describes why you would be a good fit for this position,
and 2 letters of recommendation.  *Include the length of time you are able
to commit, hours and days that you are available, and desired start date*.
To be considered, the email subject line *must *read: *LAST NAME_MM
Response & Recovery 2020 Volunteer *
Aliza Milette-Winfree
aliza.milette at noaa.gov
O'ahu Marine Mammal Response Coordinator
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
Pacific Islands Regional Office
Protected Resources Division
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