[MARMAM] Job Posting: IFAW Stranding Apprenticeship - One year paid position

Hunter, Nicole nhunter at ifaw.org
Sat Sep 10 05:40:44 PDT 2022

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is currently accepting applications for a Stranding Apprentice with the Marine Mammal Rescue and Research team.

Background: IFAW is an international non-profit organization with its International Operations Center located in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts, USA. IFAW’s Marine Mammal Rescue and Research Program is a federally-authorized response program dedicated to marine mammal stranding response on Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts.  Our mission is to promote the conservation of marine mammal species and their habitat by improving the rescue and humane care of stranded marine mammals, advancing stranding science, and increasing public awareness through education. This area averages about 260 strandings per year of live and dead seals, whales, porpoises and dolphins, and is a known “hot spot” for live dolphin mass strandings.

Position Description: This position is a temporary (12 month) paid internship with IFAW’s Marine Mammal Rescue & Research Program located at IFAW’s International Operations Center in Yarmouth Port, MA.  This position is designed to afford candidates new to the marine mammal field, the opportunity to work full-time alongside experienced marine mammal stranding responders.  The apprentice will train directly with IFAW’s marine mammal rescue staff and veterinarians and will likely also have opportunities to network and learn from other marine mammal professionals who collaborate with IFAW.  Through practical experience, the apprentice will develop skills and knowledge in marine mammal rescue, health assessment, supportive and clinical care, necropsy, data and sample collection and management, and other related responsibilities. The Stranding Apprentice will report directly to the Assistant Coordinator - Necropsy, but will also take direction from other staff who will provide guidance and oversight on day-to-day responses, tasks, and projects as needed.

Schedule: The apprentice is scheduled 5 days per week for 8 hours each day (40 scheduled hours per week). This will include at least one weekend day per week and some scheduled holidays. Additional hours may be required, and overtime pay will be provided. The proposed dates for this position are November 2022 - November 2023.

Pay Rate and Benefits:  Regular pay rate is $18/hour. Health insurance is offered after 3 months of employment. This position is eligible for paid holidays, workers’ compensation, and paid sick leave, as accrued.


*       Participate in live animal stranding events, including health assessment, capture, supportive and clinical care, data and sample collection, transport, tagging, and release

*       Participate in dead animal response, including carcass recovery, and field and laboratory post-mortem examinations

*       Provide coverage for IFAW’s marine mammal stranding hotline, and coordinate initial responses and dispatch team members

*       Assist with case data entry and tracking, including stranding event information, health assessments, post-mortem exams, and samples collected and results received

*       Ensure response and necropsy equipment is maintained and ready for use

*       Assist with intern training and leading in daily activities and during responses

*       Manage, inventory, and order consumable response and necropsy supplies
Required Qualifications:

*       A Bachelor’s degree in the field of biology, zoology, ecology, or marine/environmental/animal science (or a related field), or a veterinary technician degree or equivalent experience

*       Demonstrate a serious interest in pursuing a career in marine or veterinary science

*       Must be self‐motivated and able to work as part of a team and independently

*       Must be able to follow directions and protocols effectively and efficiently, and have strong oral and written communication skills

*       Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

*       Must be at least 18 years old and legally eligible to work in the U.S.

*       Must possess a valid driver’s license and must be able to pass DOT medical exam upon hiring

*       Experience with or willingness to learn driving large trucks, trailers, and boats

*       Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to starting position

Preferred Qualifications:

*       New to the marine mammal stranding field (ideally not more than 5 years post-graduation and have not previously held full time/permanent paid positions in the marine mammal stranding field)

*       Marine mammal handling/care or necropsy experience

*       Experience working in a field setting or demonstrated ability to work long hours outdoors in various weather conditions

*       Experience handling hotline calls

*       Experience working with volunteers and interacting with the public

For information on how to apply, please visit https://www.ifaw.org/careers and see the “Marine Mammal Rescue & Research - Stranding Apprentice” listing. Applications are due by September 30, 2022.

Nicole Hunter
Assistant Coordinator - Necropsy
Marine Mammal Rescue & Research
290 Summer Street
Yarmouth Port, MA 02675
United States

+1 508 743-9548 (stranding hotline)


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