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Marine Mammal Rescue Internship

Marine Mammal Rescue Internship
Sausalito Main Hospital

The Rescue and Response team at The Marine Mammal Center is seeking applicants for their Marine Mammal Rescue Internship working primarily with stranded pinnipeds, as well as occasional cetaceans and sea otters. This internship is an exciting opportunity for individuals who are interested in increasing their experience and knowledge of marine mammals and the Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

Intern Opportunities:

  • Gain valuable professional development experience while learning the rescue and response operations one of the leading marine mammal hospitals
  • Work in an organization alongside experts in veterinary medicine, research, and ocean conservation
  • Learn marine mammal rehabilitation while gaining husbandry experience working with the seal and sea lion patients
  • Shadow veterinary staff and sit in on patient rounds
  • Attend training classes, learning more about rescue and response methods as well as the rehabilitation care for pinnipeds
  • Attend guest and staff research presentations by leading marine mammal scientists and veterinarians in the field
  • Participate in an animal necropsy
  • Network with experts in the field of marine mammals
  • Develop interpersonal and team leadership skills working with individuals from diverse backgrounds

Intern Responsibilities:

  • Answer and triage the animal rescue hotline
  • Coordinate rescue and triage responses throughout the Center’s over 600-mile California rescue range
  • Participate in marine mammal rescues, releases and other field responses as available
  • Join an animal care crew providing animal husbandry to the patients (one day a week)
  • Support data entry and tracking of the pinniped patients
  • Maintain rescue equipment
  • Other projects as assigned

Intern Qualifications:

  • All applicants must be 21 years of age or older, with an avid interest in marine biology, zoology, general biology, policy or a related field. 
  • Interns are required to pass a background check and a motor vehicle check prior to acceptance into the internship.
  • Applicants should demonstrate excellent communication skills and have practical computer knowledge with programs such as Word, Access, and Excel.
  • This internship position involves a fair amount of physical activity, such as lifting, restraining and moving animals.
  • If the intern intends to receive university credit for their internship, they are responsible for making all arrangements with their educational institution.  

Intern Schedule:

There are two schedules available for the Marine Mammal Rescue Internship at the Sausalito Hospital. Applicants can apply to the full-time 4-month internship or to the 6-month part-time internship. Work schedule must be flexible and may include weekends and holidays.

Additional Logistics:

This is an unpaid internship. Applicants are responsible for their own housing and transportation for the duration of the internship. Reduced-cost housing options may be available for this role. Unfortunately, we are unable to host international applicants at this time.

Internship Dates:

 Internship Period  Application Deadline  Start and End Dates* Application Link
Fall 2018
(Full-time, 3 months)
Tuesday, July 31 September - December Click here to apply
Fall 2018
(Part-time, 6 months)
Tuesday, July 31 September - February Click here to apply


*There is some flexibility on the end date of internships.

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