Sunday, January 18, 2015

JOBS: Pacific Marine Mammal Center Director of Education Job Opportunity


 Director of Education- Pacific Marine Mammal Center

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC), a 501(c) 3 organization located in Laguna Beach California, is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, releasing marine mammals and inspiring ocean stewardship through research, education and collaboration. This is a great opportunity to share in the mission of one of the leading marine animal rehabilitation centers on the west coast, make a tremendous impact and experience profound job satisfaction and fulfillment. 

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center is searching to hire a dynamic, proven, energetic forward thinking Director of Education.  The Director of Education reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for developing, overseeing, and implementing all educational programs and outreach associated with PMMC.

Key responsibilities include the continuation and improvement of educational programs already offered at PMMC, developing and implementation of new educational programs and outreach, grant writing, attending fundraising events, development of marketing and collateral materials.  The Director of Education will work with the executive, animal care and development directors to determine funding needs and priorities for the year.  The Director of Education supervises and mentors the full time education coordinator, part-time teachers and camp councilors, and Education Committee Volunteers to achieve yearly educational goals.

The ideal candidate will have a proactive, upbeat and energetic disposition with a minimum of 5 years experience in a similar role that allows them to succeed with limited supervision. The candidate must have a drive to succeed and be comfortable with new program development, with the target to implement new educational programs for k-12, college and adult education. Final Candidate will demonstrate poise and confidence when dealing with children, parents, donors or in group settings; must be comfortable around animals and children. Some weekends and evenings required.
Additional qualifications:

·            Bachelor's degree and/or the equivalent of 5 years or more experience with education in a nontraditional setting
·            Successful Grant writing experience
·            Proven ability to supervise and mentor internal and volunteer staff
·            Excellent communication, presentation and organizational skills
·            Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite;
·            Must be a team player with a great work ethic, and who enjoys owning and juggling priorities in pursuit of an important mission

Please send cover letter stating your salary requirements, CV and 3 references to No phone calls please.

Keith A. Matassa
Executive Director
Pacific Marine Mammal Center | 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA  92651
949-494-3050, Extension #202 (p) | 949-494-2802 (f) |

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates, releases marine mammals and inspires ocean stewardship through research, education and collaboration.


JOBS: Research assistants needed for Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin study (photo-id + genetic sampling) in Perth, Western Australia, from March 2015

Seeking field assistants for research on Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin in Perth, Western Australia

Due to last minute change, I am seeking for 1 or 2 field assistants from March 2015 until June 2015.

Project title: Assessment of the population of bottlenose dolphins within the Perth metropolitan waters.

This project aims to assess dolphin abundance, residency, ranging patterns and genetic connectivity within an area encompassing over a four-year period. Sampling effort is stratified across four zones (Cockburn Sound, Owen Anchorage, Gage Roads, and the Swan-Canning Estuary) and across all four austral seasons (spring, summer, autumn, winter).
This will be our last season of fieldwork, so perhaps one of our busier and exciting with a lot of photo-id surveys and genetic sampling to do.
Location: Cetacean Research Unit, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia.
- Assisting with boat-based photo-identification surveys of bottlenose dolphins, including operating small vessel during surveys, collecting environmental, location, and behavioural data for dolphin groups.
Expect early starts, hot weather, up to 11 hours on the water for multiple consecutive days, and up to a week between days off;
- Photo-identification of dolphins in the lab.

- Enthusiasm for field work on a boat is essential (long hours and natural environment conditions);
- Experience of working on and driving a small boat (essential);
- Experience of photo-ID survey techniques (highly desirable);
- No history of debilitation seasickness (essential).

Expenses: This is an unpaid position. Travel to/from, accommodation, and food for applicants will be at their own charges.  

Please submit resume and cover letter to


Delphine Chabanne
Ph.D. candidate
Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit
School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Murdoch University, Western Australia
Murdoch, WA 6150, Australia

Friday, January 16, 2015

INTERNSHIPS: Whale Watch Education and Research Internship Gloucester, MA

Cape Ann Whale Watch is accepting applications for its Field Research and Environmental Education Internship. Based in Gloucester, MA and partnered with Planet Whale, our whale watch boat takes between 150 and 250 passengers a day on whale watches in and around the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. We work to educate passengers about marine life and the oceans to foster a sense of importance and personal responsibility in doing a part to contribute to the wellbeing and conservation of the environment. This internship will allow you to gain hands-on experience in research, educational techniques, and the general workings of being on a whale watch boat.

Interns are the core of the education program at Cape Ann Whale Watch. They work collaboratively with the naturalist to help accomplish our goal of educating people about whales and fostering a stronger appreciation and respect for whales and the ocean environment. Educators circulate the boat with hands-on teaching tools to educate the public about whales and their environment. Once the actual whale watching begins, the naturalist provides educational interpretive commentary while the interns collect data on whale behavior and identification for our research.

Interns work 1-2 whale watch trips per day, four to five days per week. In addition to using teaching tools (such as a sample of whale baleen or a 3-D model of Stellwagen Bank), interns are available to answer passengers’ questions on a wide variety of topics- everything from whale behavior to ocean conservation. Interns are also expected to help with the general functioning of the whale watch vessel and provide a harbor tour to passengers at the beginning of each trip. In addition to responsibilities during whale watch trips, interns are expected to attend and participate in weekly meetings, which cover topics of interest and relevance, and also provide opportunity for reflection and development among the group of educators. Finally, interns are expected to complete a project of their choice- past examples include creating a new teaching tool or developing a slide show for passengers to view while on board.

Past interns have received degrees in biology, psychology, education, French, history, philosophy, etc. You don’t need to be a biology major to apply, and prior experience is not required- training is provided on the job! We are looking for individuals who will make the most of the amazing opportunities this internship provides. This internship is geared for college students and recent college graduates, however, anyone who is interested in helping Cape Ann Whale Watch and the educators/researchers or in learning about whales is encouraged to apply. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about whales and the ocean environment. Applicants for this position should feel comfortable with public speaking, teaching in small groups, and working with the general public. The application deadline is March 1, however early application is strongly encouraged. Applicants will be notified by the end of March. The whale watching season begins in early May and it runs through October. During this time, we ask that people can devote at least 10 weeks to the internship. 

This is an unpaid internship, and housing is not provided, but we will work with all the interns to find something suitable. It is your responsibility to arrange for college credit if you choose to do so.

If you are interested please send a resume, cover letter, two written letters of recommendation, and an unofficial transcript to:

Cape Ann Whale Watch, PO BOX 345, Gloucester, Ma 01930 Attn: Laura
For any further questions, contact Laura at the email address provided.

JOBS: Summer Internships at New England Aquarium

We are now accepting application for summer internships with New England Aquarium! Our priority deadline is January 31st! We are accepting applications for positions throughout the Aquarium including the following:

All internships work alongside experts in their field and provide excellent opportunities to gain first-hand knowledge. All positions are unpaid. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out or see the links in my signature, below.

Best wishes,

Brendon Dempsey
Intern Coordinator
New England Aquarium
tel  617.226.5235

Sunday, January 11, 2015


¡VIVAVaquita! (a non-profit organization) is seeking marine mammal books, reprints, monographs, and journals.  Literature can be donated or we can purchase sets of books, reprints, and journals.  We compile and then make the literature available to colleagues working on marine mammals, getting it into hands where it will be actively used, and in the process help to raise funds for research and conservation work on the vaquita (Phocoena sinus), the World’s most endangered marine mammal species. Donations are tax-deductible, and we may be able to arrange pick-up of large libraries (and possibly even to provide some payment for more valuable items).
As you may have heard, the global population of this species now numbers <100 individuals and is decling at about 19%/year.  We are currently collecting literature as part of our efforts to help fund our education and public awareness work, in a last-ditch effort to avoid the extinction of this species in the next couple of years!  Visit our website at for more details.  If you have any marine mammal literature you would be interested in donating or ‘selling’ to us, please contact Tom Jefferson at

COURSES: Bimini Course - Final Deadline for Applications 15 Feb 2015


PS 299 – Special Topics in Psychology (3 Credits) - or -
BI 199/299 – Special Topics in Biology for Non-Majors/Majors(3 Credits)

Summer 2015: May 26 - June 8, 2015

*** Deadline Extended until February 15, 2015!

Led by Dr. Deirdre Yeater in the Sacred Heart University Psychology department in collaboration with Dolphin Communication Project, this course will examine the behavioral and social ecology of coastal cetaceans, particularly Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins.  You will enjoy a hands-on learning experience with wild dolphins, in the beautiful waters surrounding the island of Bimini in the Bahamas.  On the program, you will earn three credits while learning to record and analyze dolphin behaviors.  You will also learn about ecotourism and human impacts on the marine environment.  The field work at Bimini will consist of 4 to 5 hour boat surveys.  If the group is able to make underwater observations, you will be assisting in the use of underwater slates, video cameras, and digital still cameras.  The number of students accepted will be limited by the size of the research vessel.  Therefore, you should apply as soon as possible.  You MUST be able to swim and snorkel as part of the program.

Application Deadline February 15!

For more information, contact:

Sacred Heart University
Office of Global Affairs
(203) 396-8028


Dolphin Communication Project

Program Highlights

Study Dolphins

Dolphins are long-lived and social!  Yet, we know little about their social relationships.  Study dolphins in their natural habitat.

Bimini, The Bahamas

Less than 7 mile long and only a few hundred yards wide, Bimini is known for big game fishing, SCUBA diving, mangroves, and of course, wild dolphins.

Application Requirements

Students majoring/minoring in Psychology, Biology, or a related discipline

Minimum GPA of 3.0

Visiting students accepted

Deirdre Yeater, Ph.D

Associate Professor

Sacred Heart University

5151 Park Avenue

Fairfield, CT 06825

Phone: 203-365-4870

Fax: 203-371-7998