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The Marine Mammal Center

Sausalito, California

Experience Type:,
Position Available: Winter Term, May Term, Summer
Hourly Rate or Pay Range: unpaid
Application Deadline: May 31, 2017

The Marine Mammal Center (TMMC) is a non-profit hospital dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of sick, injured or orphaned marine mammals. Also integral to the Center’s mission are the research and education programs that expand our knowledge of marine mammals, and their ocean environment, and inspire global conservation. Since 1975, TMMC volunteers and staff have responded to more than 18,000 stranded pinnipeds, cetaceans, and sea otters along California’s central coast. For more information about TMMC, please visit:

The Science Department at The Marine Mammal Center is seeking applicants for an unpaid internship position in our research division. There are three intern opportunities, winter, spring and summer.

Intern Schedule:

Interns must be able to work for a minimum of 12 weeks full time (40 hours per week).

Internship Dates:

 Internship Period  Application Deadline Interviews  Notification of Acceptance Approximate Internship Time
Winter November 8, 2016 November 14, 2016 November 16, 2016 January 9 – March 31, 2017
Spring January 6, 2017 January 13, 2016 January 16, 2016 March 15 – June 15, 2017
Summer March 3, 2017 March 10, 2017 March 13, 2016 June 1 – August 31, 2017

There is flexibility on the start date of this internship. Please specify which time slot you’re applying for- winter, spring or summer.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Some of the projects the successful candidate may participate in are:

Assist with necropsies: Necropsies are performed on all animals that die 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.
Animal Crew: If there is interest, the selected intern will have the opportunity to spend one day on an animal crew. Animal crew’s duties include feeding the patients, cleaning the pens, restraining animals for feeds and/or procedures. Training is provided.
In addition, the intern will assist with other duties within the Science Department as needed, such as filing paperwork, rescues and releases.
Intern Qualifications:
All applicants must be 21 years of age or older and engaged or recent completed undergraduate studies.
A background or degree in Biology, Marine Biology, Ecology, Zoology or a related field.
Computer proficiency, especially with Microsoft Office Suite.
Comfortable hiking 5 miles and lifting 50 lbs.

Organization Details

The Marine Mammal Center Sausalito, California United States Website

Number of Position Openings: 3

How to Apply

The following application material is required and should be submitted electronically (PDF or Word document attachments) to [email protected]. Please put “Research Intern” in the subject line of the email.

  1. Statement of Interest (no more than two pages, double spaced) that describes: a) your professional interests and career goals, b) your reasons for applying for this internship, c) why you should be selected for this internship, and d) your availability and plan for housing.
  2. College transcript(s) (official or unofficial copy) with all college-level courses you have taken to-date and the grades you have received. Please include an explanation of grading scales not on a 4.0 scale.
  3. One letter of recommendation from an individual capable of commenting on your academic qualifications and, if possible, research skills. College or university faculty or research advisors preferred. Letters of recommendation MUST be sent directly from the person writing the letter, preferably via email (as an attachment or in the body of the email).
  4. Resume or curriculum vitae (no more than two pages) describing any relevant jobs, internships, volunteer work, scholarships and/or other activities that you have held or participated in and other skills or accomplishments that you wish to identify.
If email submission is not possible, application material can be faxed to (415) 754-4078 (Attn: Christine Fontaine) or mailed to: The Marine Mammal Center, 2000 Bunker Road, Marin Headlands, Sausalito, CA 94965 (Attn: Christine Fontaine). It is the responsibility of the applicant that all required material is submitted by the deadline.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2017 Apply Online

Contact: Christine Fontaine