2019 Marine Mammal Rescue and Response Interns - Sausalito Main Hospital

Sausalito, California, United States Full-time


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.


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.


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.


The Rescue and Response team at The Marine Mammal Center is seeking applicants for their Rescue and Response Internship working primarily with stranded pinnipeds, as well as occasional cetaceans and sea otters. The Rescue and Response Internship is an exciting opportunity for individuals who are interested in increasing their experience and knowledge of marine mammals and the Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

The Marine Mammal Rescue Internship is unpaid and based in Sausalito, CA. Scholarships for subsidized housing on-campus are available.


  • Gain valuable professional development experience while learning the rescue and response operations one of the leading marine mammal hospitals
  • Work in an organization alongside experts in veterinary medicine, research, and ocean conservation
  • Learn marine mammal rehabilitation while gaining husbandry experience working with the seal and sea lion patients
  • Shadow veterinary staff and sit in on patient rounds
  • Attend training classes, learning more about rescue and response methods as well as the rehabilitation care for pinnipeds
  • Attend guest and staff research presentations by leading marine mammal scientists and veterinarians in the field
  • Participate in an animal necropsy
  • Network with experts in the field of marine mammals
  • Develop interpersonal and team leadership skills working with individuals from diverse backgrounds


  • Answer and triage the animal rescue hotline
  • Coordinate rescue and triage responses throughout the Center’s over 600-mile California rescue range
  • Participate in marine mammal rescues, releases and other field responses as available
  • Join an animal care crew providing animal husbandry to the patients (one day a week)
  • Support data entry and tracking of the pinniped patients
  • Maintain rescue equipment
  • Other projects as assigned


  • All applicants must be 21 years of age or older, with an avid interest in marine biology, zoology, general biology, policy or a related field. 
  • Interns are required to pass a background check and a motor vehicle check prior to acceptance into the internship.
  • 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.
  • 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 4 months, 5 days a week, at least 40 hours per week.  Work schedule must be flexible and may include weekends and holidays.

We are currently recruiting for two terms: 

  • Spring: January 24, 2019 - May 24, 2019
  • Summer: May 11, 2019 - September 20, 2019

Please select which term you are applying to when you complete the application.


This is an unpaid internship but scholarships for subsidized on-campus housing are available. Applicants are responsible for their own transportation for the duration of the internship. Unfortunately, we are unable to host international applicants at this time.


Interested applicants are encouraged to apply following the link below. The deadline to apply is Sunday, December 12, 2018 or until filled.

Apply for this opening at http://tmmc.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0jw54?apply=true