[MARMAM] SJC Marine Mammal Stranding Network - Summer Internship

alyssa at whalemuseum.org alyssa at whalemuseum.org
Tue Feb 16 09:47:25 PST 2021

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 hiring two (2) San Juan Island-based interns to help respond to marine mammal strandings during our busy stranding 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 late June through early September. Schedule may vary and involve “on call” time. There will be a variety of tasks both in the field and in an office setting. Interns 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; assisting with surveying and documenting entangled animals; and conducting Level A examinations on dead marine mammals
• 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
• Perform first mate duties on board The Whale Museum’s stranding boat, the R/V Buzzard
• Assist with data entry and analysis for SJCMMSN as well as The Whale Museum’s marine mammal sightings network and passive acoustics collection
• Assist with training and supervising a volunteer network of approximately 60 people
• Participate in weekly 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).
• Possess a valid US driver's license and access to a mode of transportation
• Interest in the field of marine mammalogy, marine science, or wildlife science
• Experience boating in the marine environment 
• Experience with field work
• 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 11:59pm (PST) on March 15th, 2021. Decisions will be made by April 2nd, 2021.
Please send application materials (or questions) to: Alyssa Scott // alyssa at whalemuseum.org
Please include in your subject line: SJCMMSN Internship Application (Your Last Name)
For more information on the internship, visit [ The Whale Museum website ]( https://whalemuseum.org/pages/job-internship-volunteer-opportunities ).
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