[MARMAM] Marine Mammals of Maine Summer Internship Announcement

Walk, Dominique dwalk at mmome.org
Thu Dec 31 09:25:37 PST 2020

Marine Mammals of Maine (MMoME) is now accepting applications through
February 3rd for the summer 2021 harbor seal pup season internship. 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 on the East Coast.
MMoME also operates a unique triage and rehabilitation center which
provides critical care to sick and injured pinnipeds. Additionally, our
mission heavily encompasses marine mammal research, education, and

MMoME is seeking up to 4 motivated, flexible, positive, and independent
interns who will be given the unique opportunity to participate in a
variety of activities. Interns will learn marine mammal field health
assessment, handling, basic husbandry and clinical care of pinnipeds, as
well as Level A data collection, necropsy, and sampling of deceased marine
mammals. The internship is based out of Midcoast Maine (town of Brunswick
area), though travel throughout our response region and New England will be
necessary. Interns will work as a team alongside veterinary preceptors to
accomplish MMoME’s broad scope of work during our busiest time of year, and
will be required to dedicate a minimum of 40-50 hours per week to the
internship (minimum of 4 days/week). These hours will include holidays,
weekends, and late nights and early mornings. 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.

*STRANDING RESPONSE:* respond to live and dead cetacean, pinniped and sea
turtle strandings to collect Level A data, perform health assessments, and
monitor, relocate, and collect for humane euthanasia or rehabilitation.
Carcass collection for disposal or necropsy will also be required;

*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 primarily
cleaning, but also meal prep, tube-feeding, assisting with medical
procedures, animal restraint for exams, running lab samples, medical record
maintenance, and transport to other long-term care facilities;

*NECROPSY:* transport carcasses to necropsy and compost sites, assist staff
with necropsy of fresh dead pinnipeds and cetaceans, archive necropsy
samples, and maintain and clean necropsy equipment;

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

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

*REQUIREMENTS:*-Must be 18 years of age or older to apply.
This internship is open to undergraduate students currently enrolled in, or
recently graduated (within two years) from an accredited college or
-The ideal candidate is working towards a career in marine mammal science,
veterinary technology, marine biology, environmental education, or related
-Must commit to at least three months, and be available from May 10th to
August 15th, or October 15th. *All interns must be able to start on May
10th* , preference given to those that can stay through the end of August
or later.
-Must have a valid driver’s license, a good driving record, 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 with other
veterinary and non-veterinary interns, 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 minimal 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 and
care. Previous marine mammal experience or animal husbandry a plus.

*HOW TO APPLY: *Please send a letter of interest which addresses the
following questions: why you would like to be considered for this
internship, how you meet the requirements, what your expectations are of
this internship, what you think MMoME’s expectations are of interns, what
you hope to gain from this internship and the start and end dates you can
commit to. Your application must also include a resume and one professional
letter of recommendation. Completed applications can be sent to
info at mmome.org by 11:59 PM EST February 3rd, 2021. *Incomplete or late
applications will not be considered.* For more information on MMoME and our
internship programs, visit https://www.mmome.org/internship/. We look
forward to your application for this exciting experience!

*Dominique Walk*

*Assistant Stranding Coordinator*

*Marine Mammals of MaineOffice: 207-844-8718*

*Reporting Hotline: 1-800-532-9551*
*www.mmome.org <http://www.mmome.org>*
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