[MARMAM] Marine Mammals of Maine Summer Internship Announcement

Walk, Dominique dwalk at mmome.org
Mon Dec 20 14:02:02 PST 2021


*Marine Mammals of Maine 2022 Summer Internship Announcement*

Marine Mammals of Maine (MMoME) is accepting applications for our summer
harbor seal pup season internship now through February 3, 2022. 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 outreach.

MMoME is seeking up to four 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 (approximately 4 days/week). These hours will include holidays,
weekends, late nights and early mornings. This internship is unpaid, though
seasonal job opportunities are available in the area. Housing is not
provided but staff can assist with sourcing options.

*Key Tasks and Responsibilities:*
*Stranding Response:* Respond to live and dead cetacean, pinniped, and sea
turtle strandings to collect Level A data, perform health assessment, and
monitor, relocate, and collect for rehabilitation or humane euthanasia.
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 (primarily harbor seal pups)
undergoing short, or long-term care at MMoME’s center. Tasks include
extensive cleaning, as well as meal prep, tube-feeding, assisting with
medical procedures, animal restraint for exams, running lab samples,
charting and medical record maintenance, and animal 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 and fundraising events, and help create
educational materials.

*Other Tasks:* Additional time will be spent on data entry, fundraising,
lots of cleaning, and other tasks as needed.

*Internship Requirements:*
- Must be 18 years of age or older to apply. This internship is open to
undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in an accredited
college or university (or recently graduated within 2 years from an
undergraduate program).

-The ideal candidate is working towards a career in marine mammal science,
veterinary technology, marine biology, environmental education, or a
related field.

-Must commit to at least three months, and be available from May 9, 2022 to
August 20th, or October 20th, 2022. *All interns must be able to start on
May 9th.* 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 fast-paced,
changing and unpredictable schedule.

-Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds and be in good physical shape.

-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 is a plus.

*How to Apply:*
Please send a letter of interest which addresses the following questions:
1. Why you would like to be considered for this internship.
2. How you meet the requirements.
3. What your expectations of this internship are and what you think MMoME’s
expectations of interns are.
4. What you hope to gain from this internship.
5. 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 on
February 3rd, 2022. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
We look forward to your application for this exciting and unique 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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