[MARMAM] The Whale Museum - Marine Mammal Stranding Network Internship

Alyssa Scott alyssa at whalemuseum.org
Fri Feb 14 13:01:26 PST 2020

San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network - Summer Internship Position

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 1-2 San Juan Island-based intern(s) 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
animal health. 

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(s) will receive an hourly wage. Housing is not provided, but
we will give you resources and help you find accommodations.



*         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 on 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 training and supervising a volunteer network of
approximately 50 people

*         Assist with data entry and analysis for SJCMMSN as well as The
Whale Museum's marine mammal sightings network and passive acoustics

*         Participate in outreach events to teach the public about Share the
Shore regulations



*         Applicant should be enrolled in an undergraduate program at an
accredited college or university, or be a recent graduate from a college or
university (up to 3 years).

*         Interest in the field of marine mammalogy / marine science /
wildlife sciences

*         Experience boating in the marine environment 

*         Experience with field work

*         Possess a valid US driver's license and access to a mode of

*         Exceptional attention to detail

*         Physically fit (able to lift 50 lbs)



*         Animal handling experience

*         Experience with conflict resolution & public communication

*         Project management experience


Please submit a letter of interest, a resume, and three letters of
recommendation as one pdf.  Please include what dates you are available.
Applications accepted until March 13th, 2020. Decisions will be made by
April 3rd, 2020.


Please send application materials (or questions) to:

ATTN Alyssa Scott
The Whale Museum, P.O. Box 945, Friday Harbor, Washington 98250
Or email (preferred): alyssa at whalemuseum.org <mailto:alyssa at whalemuseum.org>

If emailing, please include in your subject line: SJCMMSN Internship
Application (Your Last Name)


For more information, visit the job/internship/volunteer opportunities on
our website
<https://whalemuseum.org/pages/job-internship-volunteer-opportunities> .  



Alyssa Scott

Stranding Coordinator / Acoustician

The Whale Museum

Office: (360) 378-4710 ext. 27

Stranding hotline: 1-800-562-8832


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