Marine Mammal Rescue and Response Intern - Monterey Bay Operations

Moss Landing, 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. 

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 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. Simultaneous to the construction of its new Kona, Hawaii facility, The Center’s rescue range has increased to include the entire Hawaiian archipelago. With an annual operating budget of almost $10M, 60 to 70 staff depending on the time of year, and 1,200 actively engaged volunteers, The Center operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

Marine Mammal Rescue Internship at Monterey Bay Operations

The Rescue and Response team at The Marine Mammal Center is seeking applicants for their Monterey Bay Operations 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.

Program Opportunities:

  • Gain valuable professional development experience while learning the rescue and response operations for one of the leading marine mammal hospitals
  • Work in an organization dedicated to veterinary medicine, research, and ocean conservation
  • Learn marine mammal rescue and triage while gaining husbandry experience working with the seal and sea lion patients
  • Attend training classes, learning more about rescue and response methods as well as the rehabilitation care for pinnipeds
  • Develop interpersonal and team leadership skills working with individuals from diverse backgrounds

Intern Responsibilities:

  • Answer and triage the animal rescue hotline
  • Coordinate rescue and triage responses throughout Monterey and Santa Cruz counties
  • Participate in marine mammal rescues, releases and other field responses
  • Maintain rescue equipment
  • Join teams of volunteers to provide triage care for rescued seals and sea lions
  • Support data entry and tracking of the pinniped patients
  • Other projects as assigned

Intern Qualifications:

  • 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.

Intern Schedule:

The Marine Mammal Rescue and Response Internship will run from April 7, 2019 through early August 2019. 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.

Additional Logistics:

This is an unpaid internship and interns are responsible for their own housing accommodations and transportation. Unfortunately, we are unable to host international applicants at this time.

To Apply:

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

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