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2024 Cetaceans and Marine Fauna research internship

Delfini del Ponente is currently looking for and accepting interns to join our research project on bottlenose dolphins and other marine fauna in the Western Ligurian Sea, Imperia (Italy) from March to October.

The project

The dolphin research project “Delfini del Ponente”, started in 2018, is the first project focused on monitoring bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) occurrence and distribution in the Western Ligurian Sea. The project is structured on an annual basis, to obtain data year-round. The study has already provided very interesting information about this community inside the study area – its social organisation, abundance of individuals, distribution, and movements also outside the region. Our dataset includes records on several cetaceans species and also on other marine fauna such as seabirds – Mediterranean shearwaters (Puffinus yelkouan), Scopoli’s shearwaters (Calonectris diomedea), Northern gannets (Morus bassanus), Sandwich terns (Thalasseus sandvicensis) and more – sea turtles (Caretta caretta) and sunfish (Mola mola), among others.

Surveys are carried out in coastal waters onboard a dedicated zodiac (6 m inflatable boat) around 10 times per month. Training will focus on recording data on marine fauna, collecting photos for photo-ID purposes, environmental, marine traffic, geographical (GPS) and dolphins' behavioural data. Land-based surveys take place in Imperia, in 2 different locations to collect data on the presence/absence of dolphins, fishing boats in activity and marine birds. Fieldwork is a great opportunity to get involved and improve skills in cetaceans and marine biodiversity research. Both land-based and zodiac surveys are weather-dependent, and their number can change each month.

Office work (6 hours per day) includes training and lessons for the interns and supervision of all the activities (photo-id work, transcription of data, data entry, skin lesion analysis, QGIS work, etc…)

Where: Imperia, Italy

When: 1 March-30 October 2024 (minimum 30 days)

Number of interns for month: 2 /3

Activities:

boat-based surveys monitoring the presence and distribution of bottlenose dolphins

boat maintenance

data collection of other cetaceans, fishes, seabirds, turtles

office work, database updating

photo-id matching and skin-lesion analysis

land-based surveys /opportunistic surveys

monitoring survey for potential sea turtle tracks (only in July-August) – pilot project

lectures and training on cetacean ecology, biology and research techniques, and seabirds and sea turtles id skills

This is a great opportunity to get involved in cetacean research, encounter marine biodiversity while gaining fieldwork experience, travel and explore the beautiful Liguria region and support cetacean research and conservation.

Interns will be involved 5 days a week, 6-8 hours/day (depending on fieldwork or office work)
During their free time, interns will have the opportunity to experience all sorts of activities: swimming, diving, hiking, exploring historical sites, visiting museums, surfing and sailing.

Skills/qualifications:

Minimum age of 18

Prior experience in cetaceans or boat-based surveys is not required

Degree or ongoing studies in biology, natural science, veterinary or similar (preferred)

Strong motivation and interest in cetaceans and research

Speak, read and write in fluent English

Be adaptable and highly flexible as fieldwork is weather-dependent

Be prepared to spend many hours on a small zodiac (5-6 m) and under the sun, be able to swim and work in harsh weather conditions both in nearshore and offshore waters

Be prepared to spend many hours in the office (generally 6 hours/day)

Be sociable and with a positive attitude as interns are expected to live and work in an international team

For any further enquiries and details, please send an email to info@delfinidelponente.it

Marine Education Summer Intern

Education Responsibilities-Intern/s will assist with environmental education programs, including on-site programs, off-site programs, and festivals, including CCS’s signature summer week of events: Whale Week: A Celebration of the Sea, and Whale Camp. Interns will assist in staffing the Center’s SEASpace Marine Discovery Center, and beach pop-up tents; designing and delivering presentations, answering questions about CCS, marine animals (especially whales, seals and sharks) and ocean conservation issues, and other general duties.
Interns must have their own transportation. Housing is not provided, but the Center will assist candidates in finding potential housing. A small stipend is provided.
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 environmental studies, education, marine science, biology or other related fields.
• Intern should demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Intern should be a self-starter able to take responsibility for completing projects.
• Students that are adaptable, responsible, hard working, willing to learn, and have attention to detail are encouraged to apply.
• Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
• Must be comfortable working with all ages.
• Must be comfortable working outside in all conditions.
• Must be comfortable working with and handling marine species.
• Must be able to carry at least 30lbs over short distances.
• Interns must be able to commit to at least two-three months; preferred start date-end date mid June to mid August, but dates are flexible based on school schedules.
• Interns must work a minimum of 20 hours per week.
• Schedule is flexible but intern may have to work some weekends and evenings.
• Preference will be given to students with secured housing on Cape Cod.

To Apply- Send your resume, cover letter, and one letter of reference to Valerie Daniels at employment@coastalstudies.org or 5 Holway Ave, Provincetown, Massachusetts 02567. Applications must be received by March 8, 2024.

Internships, Volunteer Opportunities & Certificates in Marine Mammal Biology and Conservation Ecology

The University of Alaska Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula College, Kachemak Bay Campus has a few openings in its Semester by the Bay (SBB) Program this spring 2024 and fall 2024. SBB is an Alaska, place-based experiential learning program in Homer that not only provides engaging marine and estuarine internships (some paid via free or reduced housing), but also offers transcripted Occupational Endorsement Certificates (OEC) in Marine Mammal Biology (fall) and Conservation Ecology (spring). Plus, second-year Undergraduates through post-PhD students are eligible, and all receive in-state tuition.

Classes offer extensive field, lab, and classroom experiences, as well as independent research projects. Each spring semester includes Conservation Biology, Exploration Ecology & Field Study, Global Climate Change, Sharing Science Across Diverse Audiences, and Internship in the Biological Sciences. Each fall semester includes Advanced Marine Mammal Skeletal Articulation, Marine Mammal Biology & Experiential Learning, Behavioral Ecology of Marine Mammals & Experiential Learning, Undergraduate Seminar in Marine Mammal Conservation, and Internship in the Biological Sciences.

Internship and volunteer opportunities with local agencies and NGOs include, but are not limited to: photo-identification of marine mammals (harbor porpoise, humpback whale, beluga whale, killer whale) and habitat assessment (eDNA/eRNA of prey availability, water quality); sea otter habitat use, prey and potential pathogens; marine mammal stranding network response; environmental education and outreach; sustainability of peat wetlands; marine invasives; GIS and habitat mapping of nearshore kelp ecosystems; marine debris.

We will work with students and their institutions to ensure course transferability, whenever applicable, in order to earn our OECs. Please see our website for more information on internships and the SBB program:

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We welcome any questions at semesterbythebay@alaska.edu

Thank you,
Dr. Debbie Boege Tobin

Marine Mammal Training Internship

Time commitment:

14-week minimum commitment, 3-4 days per week, 7:30am-4:30pm

Summary:

The Marine Mammal Department maintains two outdoor pinniped exhibits featuring Atlantic harbor seals, Northern fur seals and California sea lions. The Marine Mammal Internship Program is designed to be a career learning experience and is best suited for individuals serious about careers in marine mammal training and aquatic animal welfare.

Interns assist training staff in all aspects of animal welfare with a strong emphasis on operant conditioning, training techniques, marine mammal husbandry, and enrichment. Interns play an integral role assisting staff during training sessions and presentations, and work in close proximity to the animals.

Second semester interns will have additional responsibilities and more advanced curriculum and mentoring.

Duties/Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Diet preparation
Cleaning exhibits, behind the scenes areas, and items used in training and enrichment sessions
Mentorship with training staff
Assisting trainers during training sessions and presentations
Readings and activities related to training and animal welfare topics
Creating toys for the animals
Conducting enrichment sessions
Public presentations
Interact informally with Aquarium visitors
Behavioral observations
Individual project and presentation
Second semester interns will have additional responsibilities including

Additional public presentations
Marine mammal blogs
Animal identification, data and media organization
Animal training problem solving activities
Shadow/conduct Behind the Scenes Tours
Develop enrichment concepts and catalog enrichment data
Qualifications:

Candidates must be at least 18 years old and have a serious interest in a career working with marine animals
Interns must feel comfortable bending and walking on uneven and wet terrain and be able to lift 50 lbs
Comfortable using a substantial amount of cleaning with various cleaning agents
Comfortable being exposed to all weather conditions
Knowledge and understanding of power tool safety is an essential requirement

Research and Outreach Assistant

The Sea Watch Foundation is seeking a Research and Outreach Assistant for the 2023 season at its new field office on Anglesey, North Wales, to engage in an exciting new citizen science initiative to engage local communities and visitors in observing and recording marine mammals and birds as part of a marine conservation project.

This position will suit a volunteer who has a strong interest in marine conservation and recognises the importance of raising awareness of the marine environment by involving the public from all age groups. This position can be very varied, so applicants will need to demonstrate their ability to deal with varied tasks from public outreach to boat based survey and scientific data collection. They will be encouraged to take initiatives with education & outreach activities in the region which due to its natural beauty receives large numbers of visitors during the summer.

The assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
1. Overseeing the activities of the team of up to six interns resident at any one time, with support from the Project Manager
2. Raising Sea Watch Foundation’s profile locally (organising events, talking to the public, liaising with local stakeholders to develop further internship activities)
3. Developing surveys of marine mammals and seabirds in the area of SW Anglesey and Caernarfon Bay, undertaking watches from land and participating in boat-based surveys
4. Engaging with local communities, encouraging and training citizen scientists to collect data on marine mammals and seabirds
5. Promoting and organising the National Whale and Dolphin Watch education and outreach activities (29th July – 6th Aug 2023)
6. Participating in presentations and creating activities to take to local schools/groups, as well as using our specialised talks at local events
7. Creating educational/promotional materials (posters, displays, flyers)
8. Social networking (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, website) on a routine basis
9. Interacting with the media (radio, TV and newspapers), including preparing press releases
10. Participating in training courses in Anglesey and Gwynedd
11. Representing Sea Watch at public events around Anglesey and Gwynedd
12. Training and supervision will be provided by the Project Manager for the duration of the R&OA stay.
The field season will run from June to October 2023 and for Research Interns it has been split into periods of 5 weeks. Our Education and Outreach Assistant is required to stay for at least half of the season (choosing Periods 1-2 or 3-4) but can also choose to stay the whole season. The assistant will be based on the Bodorgan Estate, Anglesey. Accommodation will be provided rent free in a house shared with the Research Interns. The assistant is responsible for their own travel and living costs including utility bills.

Education & Outreach Assistant periods for summer 2022:

Periods 1 & 2: 5 June – 9 July & 10 July – 13 August
Periods 3 & 4: 14 August – 17 September & 18 September – 22 October

Important skills/qualifications

Essential:
• a strong interest in marine conservation and education
• outgoing personality, confidence and experience in public awareness
• some experience of working with children/young people
• excellent verbal and writing skills and some experience of public speaking
• experience with postings on social media
• must have initiative, motivation, the ability to bring their own ideas and personality to the position and be able to think on your feet
• strong commitment to volunteering work
• work independently, in an organised and reliable manner and to manage a variable workload.
• the ability to delegate, get on well with others in a small team and within shared accommodation
• should always represent SWF professionally
• ability to work and live cooperatively with other volunteers in an isolated location

Desirable:
• a background in marine biology/environmental science or similar
• a strong interest and some knowledge of British marine mammals and birds
• good IT skills (Office package)
• willingness to work long hours, sometimes outdoors in very changeable Welsh weather
• one’s own transport (travel costs within the project will be covered)
• Ability to speak Welsh

To apply:
Please send your CV and a cover letter reporting any relevant experience you have, specifying the period(s) for which you would prefer to volunteer, as well as contact details of two referees, to:

Jenny Bond (Project Manager) jenny.bond@seawatchfoundation.org.uk and
Prof. Peter GH Evans (SWF Director) – peter.evans@bangor.ac.uk

Deadline: 23rd April 2023.

Please specify “ANGLESEY RESEARCH AND OUTREACH ASSISTANT APPLICATION” in your subject title.

Applicants must be available for interview via Skype between 1st-5th May and will be notified of the outcome by the 8th May.

Research Intern

The Sea Watch Foundation is seeking Research Interns for the 2023 season at its new field office on Anglesey, North Wales, to engage in an exciting new citizen science initiative to engage local communities and visitors in observing and recording marine mammals and birds as part of a marine conservation project.

This position will suit volunteers who have a strong interest in marine conservation and recognises the importance of raising awareness of the marine environment by involving the public from all age groups. This position can be very varied, so applicants will need to demonstrate their ability to deal with varied tasks from public outreach to boat based survey and scientific data collection. They will be encouraged to take initiatives with education & outreach activities in the region which due to its natural beauty receives large numbers of visitors during the summer.

The interns will be responsible for the following duties:
1. Raising Sea Watch Foundation’s profile locally (organising events, talking to the public, liaising with local stakeholders)
2. Carrying out surveys of marine mammals and seabirds in the area of SW Anglesey and Caernarfon Bay, undertaking watches from land and participating in boat-based surveys
3. Engaging with local communities, encouraging and training citizen scientists to collect data on marine mammals and seabirds
4. Promoting and organising the National Whale and Dolphin Watch education and outreach activities (29th July – 6th Aug 2023)
5. Participating in presentations and creating activities to take to local schools/groups, as well as using our specialised talks at local events
6. Assisting in the creation of educational/promotional materials (posters, displays, flyers)
7. Participating in training courses in Anglesey and Gwynedd
8. Representing Sea Watch at public events around Anglesey and Gwynedd
9. Training and supervision will be provided by the Project Manager and Research and Outreach Assistant for the duration of the interns stay.

The field season will run from June to October 2023 and for Research Interns it has been split into periods of 5 weeks. The interns will be based on the Bodorgan Estate, Anglesey. Accommodation will be provided rent free in a house shared with the other interns and the Research and Outreach Assistant. The interns are responsible for their own travel and living costs including utility bills.

Research Intern periods for summer 2022:

Period 1: 5 June – 9 July
Period 2: 10 July – 13 August
Period 3: 14 August – 17 September
Period 4: 18 September – 22 October

Important skills/qualifications

Essential:
• a strong interest in marine conservation and education
• outgoing personality, confidence
• excellent verbal and writing skills
• must have initiative, motivation, the ability to bring their own ideas and personality to the position and be able to think on your feet
• strong commitment to volunteering work
• work independently, in an organised and reliable manner and to manage a variable workload.
• the ability to on well with others in a small team and within shared accommodation
• should always represent SWF professionally
• ability to work and live cooperatively with other volunteers in an isolated location

Desirable:
• a background in marine biology/environmental science or similar
• a strong interest and some knowledge of British marine mammals and birds
• good IT skills (Office package)
• willingness to work long hours, sometimes outdoors in very changeable Welsh weather
• one’s own transport (travel costs within the project will be covered)
• Welsh language

To apply:
Please send your CV and a cover letter reporting any relevant experience you have, specifying the period(s) for which you would prefer to volunteer, as well as contact details of two referees, to:

Jenny Bond (Project Manager) jenny.bond@seawatchfoundation.org.uk and
Prof. Peter GH Evans (SWF Director) – peter.evans@bangor.ac.uk

Deadline: 23rd April 2023.

Please specify “ANGLESEY RESEARCH INTERN APPLICATION” in your subject title.

Applicants must be available for interview via Skype between 1st-5th May and will be notified of the outcome by the 8th May.

Field Research Assistant

Research Assistant (unpaid internship, volunteer opportunity)

The North Coast Cetacean Society (BC Whales) is a non-profit, charitable whale-research organization that has dedicated the last 20 years towards research, education, and the protection of cetaceans along the north and central coasts of British Columbia (BC). Our objective is to better understand the seasonal distribution, abundance, social dynamics, and threats currently faced by cetacean species at risk through interdisciplinary and specialized research projects focusing on visual and acoustic data collection, and in collaboration with coastal First Nations communities. For more information, please visit us on our website at bcwhales.org

The Role:
We are looking to hire 1 – 2 research assistants to join us in the field at a very remote land-based whale research station. During this placement interns and volunteers will receive project-specific training and will contribute to valuable data collection and the ongoing monitoring of the frequency, movements, and behaviours of whales and vessels in our research area. Specific duties will include hourly visual surveys, photo-identification, hydrophone monitoring, and the potential to assist on marine surveys. We encourage you to apply if you are passionate about marine conservation and research, and are extremely comfortable in remote, back-country locations and in all weather conditions.

Requirements:
 All applicants MUST be available to commit to at least one of the following placements:

June – August 2022
August – October 2022

 Strong observational skills, note taking abilities, and careful attention to detail
 Ability to respectfully live in extremely close quarters and tenting in a communal setting with up to 6 people
 Ability to follow pre-determined procedures and methods for data collection
 Ability to carry heavy loads up a rugged shoreline
 Comfortable on open vessels in all weather conditions, and comfortable in a remote wilderness setting in all weather conditions

Assets:
 Experience with remote fieldwork and data collection
 Knowledge of marine mammal species local to British Columbian waters
 Experience with photo-identification of humpback whales and orca

Certifications (assets):
 Marine Radio Operator (ROC-M)
 Marine Emergency Duties (MED-A3/SDV-BS)
 Active First Aid certification (Wilderness & Remote First Aid preferred)

To Apply:
Please email a resume and cover letter as one document to janie@bcwhales.org AND egbaer@gmail.com with subject line “Research Assistant 2022 – Application”. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted after the application deadline for an interview.
Application Deadline: March 25th 2022

Please note that this is an unpaid internship/volunteer opportunity. Successful applicants will be responsible for their own travel from their home to either Prince Rupert or Kitimat, B.C. All food, transport to and from the research station from one of these locations, and all necessary supplies will be provided throughout the placement. Thank you for your interest!

Marine Animal Response Intern

If you are a degreed or degree-seeking individual engaged in fields of study such as marine biology, ecology, ocean sciences, or related fields, we offer internship opportunities in HMAR programs such as Field Support & Outreach, Marine Debris, or Education & Engagement.

This internship period will run from December 15-March 31.

As an intern, it is important to note:

All internships are unpaid positions that do not include housing or living expenses.
Internships require a minimum of 20 hours per week of work for at least 3 months, and access to a personal and reliable car or truck. Full-time internships are also available.
Internships can be applied as college credit if your institution allows. Interns are responsible for coordinating the requirements for college credit.
Interns are responsible for acquiring their own needs equipment such as binoculars, hiking shoes, vehicle, fuel, camera, and other materials outlined in our application.
Interns must be 18 years of age, be a U.S. citizen or hold applicable visas, and be fluent in the English language.
Interns must be capable of certain physical requirements due to the nature of field activities. Interns should be able to walk for at least 2 miles in sandy/rocky shorelines, able to carry 75 pounds for at least 100 feet, be able to swim, and capable of working in variable weather conditions.

You will need to submit a CV/resume, cover letter, and provide three references as part of your application process.
Due to the nature of HMAR’s activities, it’s essential that interns can maintain a calm demeanor in stressful situations, enjoy communicating with the public, are able to work as part of a team, and are eager to learn new skills.

To apply please submit application to h-mar.org/jointheteam

FWC Florida Manatee Photo-identification Internships

Manatee Photo-identification Internships

The manatee photo-identification program is based in St. Petersburg, Florida at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI). FWRI is the research arm of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), a state agency. For more information about FWRI, please visit: https://myfwc.com/research/. FWRI’s manatee photo-identification research focuses on long-term monitoring of Florida manatees in southwest Florida. The program’s primary goal is to document individual manatees, which allows us to estimate annual adult survival and reproductive rates and to model population dynamics for state and federal assessments of Florida manatee status and recovery. Photo-identification data also provide insight regarding manatee movements, site fidelity, habitat use and behavior.

Interns will primarily assist staff members with photographing manatees and collecting behavioral and environmental data at sites around Tampa Bay. Interns will also be responsible for a number of lab-based photo-identification tasks, such as downloading images, entering information into databases, scanning data sheets and matching images to known animals. Interns often collect data independently in the field, thus responsible, detail oriented applicants are encouraged to apply. Most field work is land-based; however, during the winter session opportunities are available to assist with boat-based manatee photo-identification. Other responsibilities may include but are not limited to data entry, assisting with manatee genetics research, special projects and outreach activities. This internship provides a great opportunity to gain valuable field and lab experience at a government agency.

Two positions are available each year: one in winter (November to March) and one in summer (May to September). Start and end dates are flexible; however, a minimum commitment of four weekdays per week for four months is required. Work hours are typically 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no compensation for these internship positions and successful applicants will be responsible for their own housing and transportation to and from the institute. Positions are open until filled, and priority will be given to candidates who can commit for longer periods.

Qualifications:

· Computer proficiency; Microsoft Access literacy preferred.

· Working knowledge of SLR digital cameras, filters and lenses preferred but not required.

· The ability to lift approximately 50 pounds of equipment.

· A valid U.S. Driver’s License.

· Enthusiasm and willingness to learn field and lab based research methods.

If you are interested in applying for an internship with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, the following information is required:

· A cover letter describing the internship you are applying for; area(s) of academic/research interest; and the dates, days, and hours of availability.

· A resume (or curriculum vitae) describing your relevant training and experience.

· Current academic transcripts. (unofficial are sufficient)

· Names and contact information for three references.

Please submit application items as an e-mail attachment to: Interns@MyFWC.com

If electronic submission is not possible, hard copies can be mailed to:

Internship Coordinator

FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

100 Eighth Avenue SE

St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5020

Applicants may contact FWRI’s Manatee Photo-identification Project Manager, Kari Rood, (Kari.Rood@MyFWC.com, 727-502-4737) with questions regarding the internship.

Virginia Aquarium – Stranding Response Intern

The Virginia Aquarium’s Research & Conservation Division is now accepting Stranding Response Intern applications for summer 2021. The application deadline is February 12, 2021. Internships will be approximately three months long, starting between May and June. Internships will be fulfilled in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines and positions are subject to change based on the most current recommendations. Please note that all positions are non-compensatory and housing is not provided by the Virginia Aquarium. Interns are fully responsible for fulfilling all requirements of their home institutions to receive academic credit.

Position Overview
Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program (VAQS) interns promote the conservation of marine animal species through research, rescue, rehabilitation, and education. Once accepted, interns will be assigned to a focus area of either necropsy or rehabilitation. Interns will be cross-trained in all aspects of stranding response, however, daily tasks will be assigned to interns according to focus area. Stranding work is unpredictable, therefore experiences will vary by internship session. VAQS staff will provide as many learning opportunities as possible during each session.

Duties
– Respond to live and dead marine mammals and sea turtles in the field.
– Participate in all aspects of post-mortem examinations: cutting and sampling, data collection, photographing, carcass removal, and cleaning.
– Perform daily husbandry tasks, including food preparation, feeding, and cleaning the rehab area, kitchen and associated supplies.
– Assist staff with new admits and daily treatments of patients. Restrain animals for exams, collect vitals (heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature) and morphometrics, take photographs, administer medications, and perform wound care.
– Ensure response preparedness by stocking response bags, fueling vehicles, and cleaning gear.
– Assist with releases of rehabilitation patients, public outreach events, and volunteer/cooperator trainings.
– Assist staff with daily administrative tasks, including answering hotline calls, data entry, and completing response paperwork.
– Complete other projects and tasks as assigned by VAQS staff.

Qualifications
– Must be at least 18 years old.
– Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or have recently graduated (within last two years).
– Must be physically fit with the ability to lift 50lbs and walk long distances on the beach in adverse conditions such as extreme heat and cold, humidity, rain, and wind.
– Must be self-motivated, articulate, mature, reliable, and responsible. Should work well independently as well as with a team.
– Should be comfortable around dead and decomposing animals.
– Should be comfortable driving large pick-up trucks and vans (preferred). Willing to learn how to drive response vehicles, if accepted (required).
– Background in biology and familiarity with stranding response (preferred).
– Experience with DSLR cameras and Microsoft Access (preferred).

Position Requirements
– Attend VAQS orientation and City of Virginia Beach Defensive Driving.
– Possess a valid driver’s license.
– Pass a City of Virginia Beach background check.
– Wear a mask and comply with all organizational COVID-19 preventative measures.

Internship Learning Objectives
Develop fundamental hands-on stranding response and rehabilitation skills:
– Perform post-mortem examinations on sea turtle and marine mammals.
– Perform basic health assessments of rehabilitation patients, including vitals collection, wound treatment, administering medications, and blood processing.
– Complete Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network (STSSN) and Level A forms.
– Enter stranding data in Microsoft Access.

Intern Schedule
Intern is expected to be available 3-4 days per week, 8am-4:30pm. Weekend and holiday coverage is expected.

Minimum Commitment Required
24 hours per week for the duration of the internship.

Intern Supervisor/Mentor
VAQS Volunteer Manager and project supervisor.

Work Location
Virginia Aquarium’s Darden Marine Animal Conservation Center

Application Requirements
If applying via email, please send application to interns@virginiaaquarium.com and copy vaqstranding@gmail.com. A complete Stranding Response Intern packet must include the following components. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
– Cover letter including preferred focus area (necropsy or rehabilitation) and internship expectations. While we will do our best to accommodate intern preferences, staff will make the final focus area determination. There is some flexibility with internship start/end dates; please include any known schedule conflicts in your cover letter.
– Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center internship application form.
– Two letters of recommendation; one must be an academic reference. Letters can be sent separately to vaqstranding@gmail.com
– Resume
– College transcript(s)

For more information about the application process, please visit: https://www.virginiaaquarium.com/about-us/Pages/internship-application.aspx