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.
The Marine Mammal Center, School Programs Intern, supports marine science education programs offered through Ke Kai Ola, the Hawaiian monk seal hospital located in Kona, Hawai’i.
The internship will be Kona-based, but will require travel to Hilo a minimum of two times, though increased travel will provide for additional experiences. It will include supporting education programs at locations island-wide and also include remote work opportunities.
The School Programs Intern role focuses on supporting the development and facilitation of education programs. Under the direction of The Marine Mammal Center’s Learning & Community Team, the intern will gain exposure to all aspects of Hawai’i’s school programs. These experiences will inform the intern’s ability to translate knowledge acquired into high quality education programs. A primary aspect of the internship will be to work with the Learning & Community Team to identify and execute a project of interest and should benefit The Marine Mammal Center’s education programs on Hawai’i Island.
The position is supported and directly supervised by the School & Youth Programs Manager for Hawai’i, with additional support from the Vice President of Learning & Community (based in Sausalito, CA). The intern role requires self-direction, initiative, and passion.
This role is part-time (10-15 hours per week) and is flexibly scheduled dependent upon your selected project work. Priority will be given to a student currently enrolled in UH Palamanui or UH Hilo who demonstrates an interest in marine science education.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES + DUTIES
- You will assist the Learning & Community Team with a variety of roles. These include:
- Work with education staff to develop and execute a project of benefit to The Marine Mammal Center’s education programs based on your skill set and passions.
- Support Na Kokua o ke Kai, the middle school marine science program curriculum, including field trips and resource management.
- Assist in developing a variety of programs related to ocean conservation.
- Organize and assist with the set up and break down of education events.
- Navigate participant questions and help direct them during programs.
- Interpret and explain the care provided for Hawaiian monk seals at Ke Kai Ola Hospital, including animal behaviors and animal care procedures.
- Stay abreast of The Marine Mammal Center’s news, current marine science news, and use the knowledge to inform and enhance programs and inform the public.
- Adhere to The Marine Mammal Center’s personnel policies and procedures as defined in the employee handbook and as communicated by management.
- Attend trainings and check-ins when possible.
KNOWLEDGE + ABILITIES
- Enthusiasm for engaging with marine science content for ages Pre-K to adult.
- Strong communication, inter-personal, and writing skills.
- Exceptional customer service capacity with a variety of audiences.
- Excellent time management with the ability to multi-task.
- Self-directed and ability to take initiative and see projects through to completion with minimal supervision.
- Intention to integrate new technologies into programs.
- Skill and confidence with using Microsoft Office suite of programs.
- Ability to foster positive relationships with a variety of stakeholders and community members (familiarity with Hawaiian communities, culture, and customs is highly desirable)
- Ability to communicate well and work as part of a multidisciplinary team to advance the mission of The Marine Mammal Center.
- Ability to drive to support activities around Hawai’i Island.
QUALIFICATIONS + EXPERIENCE
- Preference will be given to a UH Palamanui or UH Hilo student currently enrolled as an undergraduate in education, marine science, conservation biology, OR an individual who demonstrates an interest in those disciplines.
- Background and/or experience in leading/teaching school groups.
- Background and/or experience in environmental education and natural sciences.
- Ability to engage and communicate with audiences of all ages and provide exceptional customer service to a variety of audiences.
- Ability to complete tasks in a productive, proactive manner with minimal day-to-day supervision.
- Must have access to transportation.
- Must submit to and pass background check.
- Must obtain TB test and any other medical examinations or vaccinations as required by state or federal regulations.
- Ability to stand/walk up to 6 hours without a break and lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.
- Ability to multi-task efficiently and prioritize deliverables regularly.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
- Attention to detail and quick to learn.
- “Can-do” attitude and willing to take on new projects as needed.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Internships will commence in mid-February and contribute 10-15 hours a week (200 hours total) through the end of the semester with the possibility for an extension or additional opportunities through summer 2020.
LOCATION: Hawai’i Island
HOURS: 200 hours minimum total commitment, stipend ($2000)
REPORTS TO: School & Youth Programs Manager, Hawai’i
TO APPLY: Please use the link below to apply. You will be required to submit your cover letter and resume through the application portal.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and interviews will take place in January 2020 or until the position is filled.