[MARMAM] 2022 Soundwatch Boater Education Program Internship

Alanna alanna at whalemuseum.org
Tue Nov 30 14:20:41 PST 2021

The Whale Museum's Soundwatch Boater Education Program:
2022 Summer Internship Openings

The Soundwatch Boater Education Program is seeking interns for the 2022 summer field season. Soundwatch is a research, education and monitoring program operated by The Whale Museum (TWM), a not-for-profit organization located in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in Washington State. The Soundwatch program mission is to reduce vessel disturbance to marine wildlife, particularly the endangered Southern Resident killer whales, in the Salish Sea region of Washington State (USA) and British Columbia (Canada). Soundwatch is looking for three interns to help conduct seasonal vessel patrols, educate boaters on regional/federal Be Whale Wise guidelines and regulations, and collect data while monitoring vessel activity around whales. Data from this critical program characterizes vessel activity trends around endangered killer whales and other marine wildlife. The data is used to promote better boater compliance and to inform marine mammal management strategies such as state and federal vessel laws and guidelines. To learn more, please visit our website and read Soundwatch’s most recent Contract Report and publications.


• Perform a variety of tasks in the field aboard small research vessels and in a research office setting.
• Produce high quality research efforts and exhibit strong interpersonal skills.
• Interact with the public during education and outreach events.
• Be able to spend many hours on the water aboard a small vessel, sometimes in extreme seasonal conditions. Field days occur at least four to five times a week and may exceed eight hours per day.

Internship is located in Friday Harbor, Washington. Interns are responsible for finding their own housing and having a mode of transportation. This position provides a stipend to offset housing costs. Once accepted, TWM staff will be able to assist interns in suggesting suitable housing options and locations.


• Commit to at least 12 weeks between May and September.
• Be able to work approximately 35-40 hours per week, Mon-Sun.
• At least 18 years of age, physically fit (able to lift 40 lbs.), must be able to swim, not easily susceptible to seasickness, and familiar with Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Excel) and Google Workspace.
• Valid US passport or an enhanced driver's license (for the entirety of their position) and CPR/First Aid certification. A state boater license or equivalent safe boating card is not required, but is encouraged.
• Knowledge of the area and Southern Resident killer whales is preferred, but not required.
• Preference will be given to undergraduates or recent graduates in the marine or wildlife sciences.


Please send a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for three references. Be sure to include what dates you can start/end.
Submit application materials via email as one PDF if possible.
Please include in your subject line: Soundwatch Internship Application (Last Name).

Active review of applications will begin immediately until 01 March 2022 with decisions made by 15 March 2022. The successful candidate will follow governmental mandates related to COVID-19, i.e., mask compliant and fully vaccinated.

Alanna Frayne
Soundwatch Boater Education Program and Be Whale Wise Coordinator
alanna at whalemuseum.org

Feel free to contact with any questions.

Alanna Frayne
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Soundwatch Program Coordinator
Be Whale Wise Coordinator
The Whale Museum
Phone: (360) 378-4710 ext. 33

My response to emails may be delayed during the field season (May-Sept). Thank you for your patience.
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