Research and Science Internship

2000 Bunker Road, California, United States

MISSION

At The Marine Mammal Center, we are guided and inspired by a shared vision of a healthy ocean for marine mammals and humans alike. The Marine Mammal Center advances global conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.

OUR WORK

We rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured marine mammals at our state-of-the-art veterinary facilities by engaging a dedicated workforce and a supportive community. We learn from the patients in our care and contribute to scientific understanding of the changing health of our ocean, taking action to address ocean threats and save endangered species. We lead as a teaching hospital by training veterinary professionals locally and internationally, and inspiring future ocean stewards through innovative school and public education programs.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

The Marine Mammal Center is the largest facility of its kind in the world. Founded in 1975, the Center has grown into an internationally renowned and state-of-the art marine mammal hospital, research center and educational organization. Each year, the Center treats 600 – 800 sick, injured and orphaned marine mammals, with the goal of rehabilitation and release. Its professional staff collaborates with over 30 different scientific, educational, federal, state and non-profit organizations from around the world. 

Marine mammal scientists and veterinarians from across the globe visit the Center and shadow its staff and volunteers to learn from the hundreds of animals treated each year, and from its acclaimed veterinary, scientific, and research staff. By collaborating with leading scientists and researchers to learn from the patients in their care, the Center expands and advances science to increase understanding of the health of the ocean and highlights implications for human health.

In addition to its work within the scientific community, the Center’s formal and informal education programs reach over 100,000 children and adults ever year. Ultimately, the Center’s work inspires action and fosters stewardship toward the care of our environment.

Overlooking the ocean in the Marin Headlands, in Sausalito, CA, the Center operates three field stations in its 600-mile rescue range on the California coastline from San Luis Obispo through Mendocino County. With the addition of our facility in Kona, Hawaii, the Center’s rescue range has increased to include the entire Hawaiian archipelago. With an annual operating budget of just over $9M, 70+ staff and 1,200 actively engaged volunteers depending on the time of year, the Center operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

ROLE DESCRIPTION

The Science Department at TMMC is seeking applicants for an unpaid internship position in our research division. There are four intern opportunities; fall 2017, and winter, spring and summer 2018. The Science and Research Internship is available at our main hospital in Sasualito.

INTERN RESPONSIBILITIES

Some of the projects the sucessful candidate may participate in are:

  1. Assist with necropsies: Necropsies are performed on all animals that don't survive during treatment at the center. Depending on the case, some necropsies require a significant amount of sampling. Primary responsibilities will include: assisting with necropsy sample collection, data collection, archiving samples, stocking necropsy lab, and clean up.
  2. Data entry and cleaning: The goal of this project is to improve data integrity, standardization, and volume in the Veterinary Science Department’s databases (FileMaker Pro). These data include animal care and medical records, diagnostic results, specimen tracking information, and stranding and disposition details. Intern tasks may include entry of respective data from hard-copy records and data checking and cleaning.
  3. Specimen archive project: This project will focus on tracking and optimizing the storage of archived specimens collected from live and dead marine mammals. Intern duties will primarily include: freezer inventory.
  4. Library project: This project involves cataloging scientific publications into TMMC’s hardcopy and electronic libraries. Intern duties will primarily include: reference entry using EndNote X, restocking hardcopy reprints, and scanning hardcopy publications.

In addition, the intern will assist with other duties within the Science Department as needed.

INTERN QUALIFICATIONS

  • All applicants must be 21 years of age or older and engaged or recently completed undergraduate studies. 
  • A background or degree in Biology, Marine Biology, Ecology, Conservation or a related field.
  • Computer proficiency, especially with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Comfortable hiking 5 miles and lifting 50 lbs.
  • There is no compensation for this internship position and the successful applicant will be responsible for their own living and transportation expenses during the time of the internship. The location of the Marine Mammal Center will require you to have a car or bike as there is no alternative transportation to the Marin Headlands due to how secluded the location is.
  • If the intern intends to receive university credit for their internship, they are responsible for making all arrangements with their educational institution.  

INTERN SCHEDULE & DATES

Interns must be able to work for a minimum of 12 weeks full time for 40 hours/week. The Internship will run from September 10 - December 10. The deadline to apply for the Fall 2018 Science and Research Internship is Monday, July 23, or until the position is filled. 

ADDITIONAL LOGISTICS

This is an unpaid internship. Applicants are responsible for their own housing and transportation for the duration of the internship. 

APPLICATION BELOW

There is flexibility on the start date of this internship. Please specify which time slot you’re applying for- fall, winter, spring or summer.

The following application material is required and should be submitted electronically (PDF or Word document attachments) in the application below.

  1. Cover Letter (no more than two pages, double spaced) that describes: a) your professional interests and career goals, b) your reasons for applying for this internship, c) why you should be selected for this internship, and d) your availability and plan for housing.
  2. College transcript (official or unofficial copy) with all college-level courses you have taken to-date and the grades you have received. Please include an explanation of grading scales not on a 4.0 scale.
  3. One letter of recommendation from an individual capable of commenting on your academic qualifications and, if possible, research skills. College or university faculty or research advisors preferred. Letters of recommendation MUST be sent directly from the person writing the letter, preferably via email (as an attachment or in the body of the email). Email letter to intern@tmmc.org.
  4. Resume or curriculum vitae (no more than two pages) describing any relevant jobs, internships, volunteer work, scholarships and/or other activities that you have held or participated in and other skills or accomplishments that you wish to identify.

TO APPLY

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply following the link below.

Apply for this opening at http://tmmc.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0fis9?apply=true