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:
- Animal Care: With a volunteer force numbering more than 1,200 and the support of a concerned public, the Center is able to respond to marine mammals in distress. Sick and injured animals are treated and rehabilitated at our state-of-the-art veterinary facilities where we care for our patients until they can be released back to their ocean home. Covering a rescue range that spans 600 miles of California coastline and the Big Island of Hawai‘i, the Center responds to more stranded marine mammals than any other organization in the world. Our sought-after experts are deployed locally and internationally to provide technical veterinary expertise and training on best practices ranging from anesthesia to disentanglement.
- Scientific Research: The Center is a major contributor to the global body of research and knowledge about marine mammal medicine and health. Our veterinary experts develop new clinical techniques to improve marine mammal rehabilitation and care, and investigate the reasons why marine mammals strand and how these factors are connected to ecosystem and human health. Our scientists also investigate how marine mammals use and interact with their ocean environment to better understand and protect them from many threats. Learning from every animal we respond to and studying animals in the wild, our researchers identify novel diseases and pathogens, support endangered and threatened species conservation, identify and help mitigate human-caused threats and partner with scientists around the world on collaborative research that utilizes samples and data collected by the Center. Marine mammal health, ocean health and human health are inextricably linked, and our work advances knowledge of all three to benefit us all.
- Education: As a teaching hospital, the Center serves as a vital training ground for veterinary professionals from across the globe, expanding the collective understanding and application of marine veterinary science and conservation. Our innovative school and public education programs build a sense of responsibility through a connection to marine mammals and the marine environment, inspiring future ocean stewards and promoting action to protect the ocean. Each year, these education programs and hands-on trainings reach more than 100,000 children and adults, supporting the next generation of informed scientists and engaged citizens who will care for and ensure the health of our ocean and environment.
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.
Veterinary Technician Internship
The Veterinary Technician Team is currently recruiting applicants for our Veterinary Technician Internships. This position works with veterinary staff as well as the Center’s animal care volunteers to provide veterinary care for our patients, which consists of phocids, otariids, and the occasional cetaceans and sea otters. This position is unpaid, we do have shared housing available at a reduced cost. However, our housing is limited and utilized by all departments of The Center. Applicants are responsible for their own transportation. Unfortunately, we are unable to host international applicants.
Location of Internship:
Main Hospital in Sausalito, CA with potential opportunities to work at our satellite facilities.
The Veterinary Technician Internship is an exciting opportunity for students in a veterinary technician program and or licensed veterinary technicians who are interested in increasing their technical skills, gaining experience and knowledge as a technician in veterinary medicine, learning about the behavior, rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals. Interns will be responsible for helping with the daily procedures of the hospital including helping to prepare, monitor, and expedite large amounts of exams and procedures that may require sedation or anesthesia. Interns will assist and work directly with the staff technicians on duty to ensure all the daily tasks and preparation for the next day are complete. Interns will be assigned to work on an animal care crew one day a week to gain husbandry experience. Duties on crew include, but are not limited to, animal handling, pen cleaning, medical charting, feeding, and medication preparation and administration. Other responsibilities include attending training classes, data entry, maintaining/restocking medical inventory, and assorted miscellaneous tasks. Interns may also have the opportunity to work or shadow in other departments and to participate in marine mammal rescues, releases, and other field responses as available.
Intern Qualifications and Expectations:
- Applicants must be in their second year or equivalent of a Veterinary Technician Program or be near completion of alternate track RVT program.
- Veterinary Technicians who are already licensed may be able to be accepted.
- Applicants must provide proof of medical insurance
- Applicants must have worked a minimum of two months in a veterinary hospital. Preference will be given to students with prior work experience preferably in the veterinary field.
- Applicants should be able to demonstrate maturity and professional conduct at all times.
- Applicants must demonstrate excellent skills in communication, multi-tasking, be able to deal with ambiguity, and maintain composure under pressure.
- Applicants must be able to accept long hours and unpredictable schedules, including weekends.
- Applicants should possess practical computer knowledge with programs such as MS Word, Access, and Excel.
- The center is a teaching hospital, accommodating large numbers of students each year. Applicants must be able to work well in a team setting with people of different backgrounds and nationalities. While we stride to provide each student with as much learning opportunities as possible, individual experience will depend on case load and how many students we have on site.
- This internship position involves a fair amount of physical activity, such as: lifting, restraining and moving animals. Must be able to lift 50 pounds, be on your feet long hours and handle being outdoors in varying weather conditions.
- Applicants are required to pass a background check and a motor vehicle report prior to acceptance into the internship.
- Applicants must provide proof of liability insurance from their school.
- Students receiving university credit for their internship are responsible for making all arrangements with their educational institution. Students are responsible for informing their supervisor at the start of their internship of any skills they need to gain or any requirements, evaluations, or projects they need to be complete during the internship.
- Please note, that we reserve the right to terminate the internship at any time if needed.
- Due to the cyclic nature of our patients we only have Veterinary Technician Internships available from February through September.
- Each internship opportunity may vary slightly depending upon our patient load and what opportunities are available.
- During the internship students will be on their own trajectory, independent of any other students, depending upon their capabilities and experience.
- Each internship is a minimum of 8 weeks with a maximum of 12 weeks. Interns must be able to work 3-5 days a week, at least 24-40 hours per week. Work schedule must be flexible and may include evening shifts, weekends, and holidays. Based upon different technician program requirements. Exceptions may be made for internship length and hours per week, upon acceptance into the internship.
The weekly schedule of the internship will consist of:
- Once accepted into the program you will receive a more detailed schedule
- 1 Day a Week -Participating on an Animal Care Crew helping with the husbandry and care of animals on site
- 1 Day a Week - Alternating each week between the Clinical Lab and Necropsy
- 1-3 Days a Week – Participating in Clinical Rotations: This includes exams, procedures, sedation and anesthesia (This is variable depending on additional opportunities)
Additional Internship Opportunities:
*Additional opportunities may include traveling down to our satellite facilities, Monterey Bay Operations in Moss Landing and San Luis Obispo Operations in Morro Bay. Interns may have the opportunity to work at both of our facilities as part of a 2-4day trip. (This opportunity would be set up based upon intern’s interest and ability to travel to these locations.)
*If interested there is the opportunity to work or shadow in our education department
How to Apply and Internship Dates:
Interested qualified applicants are encouraged to apply following the link below.
Applicants will be required to submit the application along with a Cover Letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation (upload under 'additional documents'), two references (upload under 'additional documents', and proof of medical insurance (upload under 'additional documents'. Please note that one of the letters of recommendation must be from an instructor. Please click on the link below to apply.
Internship Period: February-September (*start and end dates are variable and dependent upon the schools requirements)
Application Deadline: January 31st 2020
Interviews conducted: Upon review of application with in 1-2 weeks of application submission
Notification of Acceptance By: March 1st 2020 (*notification dates will vary depending upon school deadlines and when applications were submitted)
If you need housing: A supplemental housing application will be required.