The Marine Mammal Center advances global conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.
WHAT MOTIVATES OUR WORK
The ocean is in trouble. From the depletion of fish stocks to increasing ocean temperatures, human activity threatens marine ecosystems that are vital to the health of our ocean and all life on earth. As a critical first responder to these threats, The Marine Mammal Center is leading the field in ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue, veterinary medicine, science, and education. Marine mammals are ecosystem indicators, and these animals provide insights into human and ocean health threats. Together, we are taking action today to support a network of scientists and stewards to protect our shared ocean environment for future generations.
To advance our mission, we focus our work in three key program areas:
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
The Marine Mammal Center was founded in 1975 by three local citizens: Lloyd Smalley, Pat Arrigoni and Paul Maxwell. Since then, and thanks to their vision, the Center is now a global leader in marine mammal health, science and conservation and is the largest marine mammal hospital in the world. The Center operates physical locations in Sausalito, Morro Bay and Moss Landing, CA, as well as in Kona, Hawai‘i, and has an annual operating budget of $11.5M. A team of 80 staff and 1,200 actively engaged volunteers make the Center’s impact possible and keep the Center operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The Science Department at TMMC is seeking applicants for an unpaid, part-time internship position in our research division. The Science and Research Internship is available at our main hospital in Sausalito.
Some of the projects the successful candidate may participate in are:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 22 weeks part-time for 24 hours/week. The Internship will run from mid January through mid June and the schedule will either be Monday through Wednesday or Wednesday through Friday. The deadline to apply for the Spring 2020 Science and Research Internship is Wednesday, November 20, or until the position is filled.
This is an unpaid internship. Applicants are responsible for their own housing and transportation for the duration of the internship.
The following application material is required and should be submitted electronically (PDF or Word document attachments) in the application below.
Interested applicants are encouraged to apply following the link below.