Saturday, December 31, 2016

INTERNS: National Marine Life Center's Marine Animal Rehabilitation & Environmental Education Summer Internship Program

National Marine Life Center's Marine Animal Rehabilitation & Environmental Education Internship

The National Marine Life Center (NMLC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to rehabilitating and releasing stranded marine mammals and sea turtles, seals in order to advance science and education in marine wildlife health and conservation.

Animal Care Responsibilities- Depending on need and case load, interns will assist with the care of the NMLC rehabilitation patients including seals, sea turtles, and freshwater turtles. Animal care duties will include animal restraint, cleaning, disinfecting tanks, equipment, and environmental enrichment devices, food preparation, administering feeds including tube feeding, data entry, maintenance and water quality testing. Interns will also assist animal care staff with medical procedures, admission exams, necropsies and release events.

Education Responsibilities- Interns will assist with environmental education programs, including on-site programs, off-site programs, fairs, and festivals. Interns will assist in giving public presentations to guests of NMLC and educate them on marine animals and conservation. Interns will assist in the gift shop; assist with various office projects and event promotion.

Other Responsibilities- At the end of the internship, the intern will present to the staff, volunteers, and members of the public an overview of their time spent at NMLC. Each intern will also be assigned a weekly chore to assist with the upkeep of the facility and equipment, and will be required to attend regularly scheduled intern meetings.

Positions are unpaid, interns must have their own transportation, and housing is not provided, but NMLC will offer suggestions.

Qualifications-
  • The internship is open to students who are currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from an accredited college or university.
  • Preference will be given to students or recent graduates working towards biology, environmental studies, marine science, education, or other related fields.
  • Intern should demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Students that are adaptable, responsible, hardworking, willing to learn, and have attention to detail are encouraged to apply.
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Summer interns should be available to work from May 23rd 2017 to August 22nd, 2017.
  • Interns should expect to work 40 hours per week which will include early morning and/or late night seal feedings.
  • If an intern plans to receive school credit for an internship they must notify staff prior to the internship start date, and it will be the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all required paperwork is completed and submitted. 

To Apply- Send your resume, cover letter, and one letter of reference to Margot Madden & Kate Shaffer at apply@nmlc.org or PO Box 269, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts 02532. Applications must be received by February 15th for the summer semester. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling bases until the deadline.  For more information visit our website at http://nmlc.org/about/staff/job-opportunities/

Margot Madden
Animal Care and Volunteer Coordinator 
National Marine Life Center
P.O. Box 269, 120 Main Street
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532-0269
p. (508) 743-9888 X306
f. (508) 759-5477





INTERNS: The Marine Mammal Center- Spring 2017 Rescue and Response Internship

 
SPRING RESCUE & RESPONSE INTERNSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT: March 1st – June 7th 2017

The Rescue & Response team at The Marine Mammal Center is seeking applicants for internships working primarily with stranded pinnipeds, as well as occasional cetaceans and sea otters.  These positions are unpaid and applicants are responsible for their own accommodations. Unfortunately, we are unable to host international applicants at this time.

Internship Opportunities are available at the following locations. 
·         Monterey Bay Operations in Moss Landing
·         Main Hospital in Sausalito

Program Description:

The Rescue Team Internship is an exciting opportunity for individuals who are interested in increasing their experience and knowledge of marine mammal behavior and the Marine Mammal Stranding Network.  Interns will be responsible for answering the animal hotline and rotating the after-hours on-call.  Interns will coordinate rescue and triage response throughout the Center's over 600-mile rescue range.  Interns will have the opportunity to participate in marine mammal rescues, releases and other field responses as available.  In addition, interns will be required to assist in other departments and with animal care duties (feed preparations, medical charting, and pen cleaning) for on-site pinnipeds.  Other duties may include: participation in training classes, data entry and tracking, maintaining rescue equipment and assorted miscellaneous tasks.

Intern Responsibilities & Qualifications:

The internship is open to all applicants 21 years of age or older, with an avid interest in marine biology, zoology, general biology, policy or a related field.   If the intern intends to receive university credit for their internship, they are responsible for making all arrangements with their educational institution.  Interns must be able to work for a minimum of 3 months, 5 days a week, at least 40 hours per week.  Work schedule must be flexible and may include weekends and holidays.  This is an unpaid position and all interns are responsible for obtaining housing and transportation.  Applicants should demonstrate excellent communication skills and have practical computer knowledge with programs such as Word, Access, and Excel.  This internship position involves a fair amount of physical activity, such as: lifting, restraining and moving animals.

The start date for the Spring Internship period is March 1st, with a target end date of June 7th. There is some flexibility on the end date of internships, and interns are often encouraged to stay on passed their required end date if possible. 

Applications due by January 8th. Click Here to Apply


The Marine Mammal Center is a non-profit hospital dedicated to the rescue and release of sick, injured or orphaned marine mammals, and to research about their health and diseases.  Volunteers and staff have responded to more than 18,500 sea lions, seals, dolphins, porpoises, and other marine life.  The Center uniquely combines its rehabilitation program with scientific discovery and education programs to advance the understanding of marine mammal health, ocean health and conservation.   For more information, please visit our website at www.marinemammalcenter.org.

WORLD WHALE BUZZ is out! Edition of 30 December 2016

WORLD WHALE BUZZ
Marine mammal news from around the world.
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30 December 2016
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A Possible Break in One of Evolution's Biggest Mysteries
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INTERNS: Northcoast Marine Mammal Center Internship Announcement 2017


Northcoast Marine Mammal Center Internship Announcement 2017
The Northcoast Marine Mammal Center is seeking applicants for internships working with stranded Marine Mammals.  These positions are unpaid and no housing is provided. We have several openings for internships in spring, Summer and fall.   Applicants will be living and working in Crescent City, CA.
Program Description:
The Northcoast Marne Mammal Center is an exciting opportunity for individuals who are interested in increasing their experience and knowledge of marine mammal behavior.  Interns will have the opportunity to participate in marine mammal rescues, releases and other field responses as available.  In addition, interns will be required to assist in other departments and with animal care duties (intake duties, feed preparations, medical charting, medicine administration, pen cleaning and other animal husbandry duties as needed) for on-site patients. The fall internship will focus mostly on administrative, event planning and fundraising responsibilities with less than 20% animal care.

Intern Responsibilities & Qualifications:
The internship is open to all applicants 21 years of age or older, with a devoted interest in marine biology, zoology, general biology, policy or a related field. Interns must be able to work for a minimum of 3 months, 5 days a week, at least 40 hours per week.  Work schedule must be flexible and will include weekends and holidays. This is an unpaid position and all interns are responsible for obtaining housing. Interns must also have transportation as they are required to be on call for rescues.  Applicants should demonstrate excellent communication skills and have practical computer knowledge.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a résumé that includes the names of three references, and a cover letter detailing interests, experience, housing accommodations, start date and availability.  Please forward all application materials electronically to  volunteer@northcoastmmc.org
There may be some flexibility on the start date of each term, please indicate your desired start date in the cover letter. All internships are a minimum of 3 months.
Season 2017 Internship Term Application deadline
Spring March 1st – May 31st January 15th 2017
Summer June 1st – August 31st March 1st 2017
Fall* August 1st – October 31st March 1st 2017
* Note – fall internship focuses primarily on administrative, event planning and fundraising responsibilities with less than 20% animal care duties.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

JOBS: ON-BOARD NATURALISTS FOR ELDING WHALE WATCHING REYKJAVIK, ICELAND SUMMER 2017.

English: Reykjavík, view from Hallgrímskirkja
English: Reykjavík, view from Hallgrímskirkja (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Elding Whale Watching Reykjavik is looking for full-time guides that are fluent in English. Preference will go to those that are multi-lingual (German, French, Spanish in particular).
Must haves before arriving
·      Passport from an EEA country
·      STCW10 A-VI/1 (Basic Safety Training)
·      STCW10 A-V/2 (Crowd and Crisis Management)
Important/Desirable skills

·      A strong interest and knowledge in marine science specifically cetaceans and marine birds.
·      A good knowledge of conservation issues related to marine life.
·      Confidence to narrate and interact with large groups.
·      Must be a quick learner, adaptive, hard working, outgoing and generally a very positive person (finding beauty in the little things).
·      Be able to work calmly and politely under pressure and sometimes in stressful situations.
·      Not acceptable to seasickness easily
·      Good spotting skills.
·      Photography skills are highly desirable.
·      Willing to work long hours outdoors in unfavorable weathers.
·      Sailing experience and rope skills desirable.

For more information please email Megan Whittaker (megan@elding.is)

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

INTERNS: Mystic Aquarium Research Internships Jan-May 2017

English: Mystic Seaport at Mystic, Connecticut
English: Mystic Seaport at Mystic, Connecticut (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Mystic Aquarium Research Internships
Mystic, CT Unpaid Internship

Description
Gain hands-on experience in a dynamic environment with guidance from a mentor who is a member of our Research staff.

Our Research team conducts research in many aspects of marine animal health, husbandry, and ecology. This is accomplished through detailed analysis of behavior, specimens, data records and a combination of field, in-house, and laboratory-based research projects that focus on animal behavior, ecology, infectious disease, neuro-immunology, and physiology.
The internship program reflects our mission, "to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through education, research and conservation."  Internships are available for the fall, spring and summer.

Interns have the opportunity to attend weekly educational seminars, receive feedback from supervisors, and work on independent projects to enhance their knowledge and resumes.
Application deadlines are as follows:
Spring internships (Jan-May): September 30 Summer internships (May-Aug): January 31 Fall internships (Sept-Dec): May 31 Please see the Mystic Aquarium website for more information on the internship program and instructions on completing an application.

Essential Responsibilities
Here are some of the potential duties for Research internships. Please note that duties will vary depending on the intern's principle focus during the internship. More details can be acquired during the interview process.

Videotape, observe, describe and analyze animal behavior Prepare chemical solutions and biological reagents Assist with specimen collection Management of biological specimens Assist with biological assays and experiments Data entry and database management Data analysis, table and graph construction Report writing

Requested Requirements
The applicant must be enrolled in or recently graduated from college in order to participate. Internships are open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Students can receive academic credit from their school for the internship, but it is the student's responsibility to arrange for the credit.
All internships are unpaid. Research internships vary in number of days per week and the number of hours per week. They may be as much as 40 hours and five days per week or they may be less. A minimum of 16 hours per week is required. The time commitment involved can be discussed during the interview process and will be consistent most weeks.
Most internships follow the college year (Spring, Summer and Fall semesters). Dates of the program may be adjusted to fit other school calendars or programs.

Contact Email Address


Kathleen Freeman
Internship Coordinator & Mission Programs Administrator
Human Resources Department / Mission Programs
Phone | 860-572-5955 Ext 306



INTERNS: DOLPHIN RESEARCH INTERNSHIP IN PORTUGAL

Česky: Jedná se mou fotografii. Deutsch: Die A...
Česky: Jedná se mou fotografii. Deutsch: Die Algarve in Portugal. Português: Praia da Marinha Portugal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
BACKGROUND: The Marine Environment Research Association is a non-profit, non-governmental organization focused on the research and conservation of marine species, running an ongoing study of cetaceans in southern Portugal (Algarve). This project aims to obtain baseline information on species occurrence, behavior, and social structure of the local cetacean populations in order to obtain scientific data to support conservation measures and inform marine management policies.

The main species observed are short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus delphis), common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), and harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena), although other psecies such as minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) and fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) can also be sighted.

AIMM Interns are young, hard-working individuals who are willing to contribute to the association and support on-going activities, while experiencing fieldwork at sea, learning data collection and processing methodologies, and being a part of AIMM's team of researchers and marine biologists for a period of time. All team members and participants share accommodation, house tasks, knowledge and experience in an environmental friendly and multicultural environment. 

Interns have the additional option to enrich their time with AIMM by beginning or improving their SCUBA skills with a PADI-certified instructor. 

WHERE: Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

WHEN: The field season lasts from May 1 - October 31, 2017. The minimum internship attendance in 7 days, preferably starting on a Monday. 

FIELDWORK: The field trips are conducted in AIMM's research vessel, Ketos, or in opportunistic platforms (commercial dolphin-watching boats). Fieldwork is dependent on weather conditions and seat availability in the dolphin-watching boats. Field days can be intense, especially in the peak of summer, but are fulfilling and good fun. The interns will be trained to: 
·        Conduct on-board surveys of marine species occurrence; 
·        Record effort tracks on a handheld GPS; 
·        Collect data on behavior, group size, species, etc.;
·        Collection of photo to photo-identification, acoustic recording, and underwater videos while on-board. 

DATA ANALYSIS: This will be conducted on a daily basis and will entail entering data into established databases and spreadsheets, photo-identification processing, and preliminary data interpretation. 

INTERNSHIP FEES: AIMM is a non-profit organization that relies on donations from our volunteers, partners, and conservation-minded people like you so that we may continue our important research and education programs in the Algarve. This internship requires a monetary contribution which is used to off-set the cost of accommodation and running a non-profit. For more information on internship fees for the 2017 season, please contact: interns@aimm-portugal.org 

Included in the fee is:
·        Accommodation in the research house; 
·        Transportation to/from the marina; 
·        Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner);
·        Fieldwork in the research vessel or commercial dolphin-watching vessels. 

Not included in the fee is: 
·        Transportation to/from Albufeira;
·        Meals in restaurants and snacks;
·        Free time activities;
·        Personal insurance (all participants should have health and/or travel insurance);
·        Personal expenses.

INTERNS ARE EXPECTED TO:
·        Be above the age of 16;
·        Have a mature attitude towards marine mammal research and environment;
·        Be autonomous and flexible;
·        Be able to live and work in an international team and mainly outdoors at sea;
·        Speak English;
·        Participate for minimum 7 days.

Preference will be given to those who have:
·        Relevant marine mammal field experience
·        Working experience on research vessels
·        Experience working from dolphin/whale watching platforms
·        Experience in photo-identification
·        Professional cameras that can be used for photo-ID
·        Availability to stay for longer periods of time

INTERNSHIP APPLICATION:
Applicants should fill up the online application at:
After the confirmation e-mail, send your Resume/CV with updated photo and personal statement on which are your expectations and why do you want to work with AIMM to: interns@aimm-portugal.org with the subject "Internship 2017".
Applicants will be contacted to arrange internship dates and details.
Applications will be accepted during all season, however, early application is recommended due to limited vacancies.



Monday, December 26, 2016

INTERNS: MARINE MAMMAL RESEARCH INTERNSHIP IN CAPE VERDE, AFRICA

Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
BACKGROUND: The Marine Environment Research Association is a non-profit, non-governmental organization focused on the research and conservation of marine species, running an ongoing study of cetaceans in southern Portugal (Algarve) and Boa Vista, Cape Verde. This project aims to obtain baseline information on species occurrence, behavior, and social structure of the local cetacean populations in order to obtain scientific data to support conservation measures and inform marine management policies.
The main species observed are Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) and the rough-toothed (Steno bredanensis) although more than 14 species of cetacean were describe to the Cape Verde region. Sea turtle could be also find in the ocean, mostly the Green turtle (Chelonia mydas), Loggerhead turtle and Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)

AIMM Interns are hard-working individuals who are willing to contribute to the association and support on-going activities, while experiencing fieldwork at sea, learning data collection and processing methodologies, and being a part of AIMM's team of researchers and marine biologists for a period of time. All team members and participants share accommodation, house tasks, knowledge and experience in an environmental friendly and multicultural environment. 

WHERE: Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde, África

WHEN: The field season lasts from 1st of March to 31st of May, 2017. The minimum internship attendance is 14 days, preferably starting on a Monday. 

FIELDWORK: The field trips are conducted in an opportunistic platforms (commercial whale-watching boats). Fieldwork is dependent on weather conditions and seat availability in the whale-watching boats. Field days can be intense, especially in the peak of season, but are fulfilling and good fun. The interns will be trained to: 
·        Conduct on-board surveys of marine species occurrence; 
·        Record effort tracks on a handheld GPS; 
·        Collect data on behavior, group size, species, etc.;
·        Collection of photos to photo-identification and underwater videos while on-board. 

DATA ANALYSIS: This will be conducted on a daily basis and will entail entering data into established databases and spreadsheets, photo-identification processing, and preliminary data interpretation. 

INTERNSHIP FEES: AIMM is a non-profit organization that relies on donations from our volunteers, partners, and conservation-minded people like you so that we may continue our important research and education programs. This internship requires a monetary contribution which is used to off-set the cost of accommodation and running a non-profit.
For more information on internship fees for the 2017 season, please contact: interns@aimm-portugal.org with the title "Cape Verde Internship"

Included in the fee is:
·        Accommodation in the research house; 
·        Transportation to/from the marina; 
·        Fieldwork on a commercial whale-watching vessels. 

Not included in the fee is: 
·        Transportation to/from Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde;
·        Meals / food;
·        Free time activities;
·        Personal insurance (all participants should have health and/or travel insurance);
·        Personal expenses.

INTERNS ARE EXPECTED TO:
·        Be above the age of 18;
·        Have a mature attitude towards marine mammal research and environment;
·        Be autonomous and flexible;
·        Be able to live and work in an international team and mainly outdoors at sea;
·        Speak English;
·        Participate for minimum 14 days.

Preference will be given to those who have:
·        Relevant marine mammal field experience
·        Working experience on research vessels
·        Experience working from dolphin/whale watching platforms
·        Experience in photo-identification
·        Professional cameras that can be used for photo-ID
·        Availability to stay for longer periods of time

INTERNSHIP APPLICATION:
Applicants should send an e-mail to interns@aimm-portugal.org, subject "Cape Verde Internship" with your Resume/CV, personal statement on which are your expectations and the period of time that you want do the internship.
You will received an e-mail with the availability for the internship and all the others details.
Applications will be accepted during all season, however, early application is recommended due to limited vacancies.




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