Internship: Marine Animal Rehabilitation & Environmental Education Internship

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The National Marine Life Center (NMLC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to rehabilitating and releasing stranded marine mammals and sea turtles, seals in order to advance science and education in marine wildlife health and conservation.

Animal Care Responsibilities- Depending on need and case load, interns will assist with the care of the NMLC rehabilitation patients including seals, sea turtles, and freshwater turtles. Animal Care duties will include animal restraint, cleaning, disinfecting tanks, equipment, and environmental enrichment devices, food preparation, administering feeds including tube feeding, data entry, maintenance and water quality testing. Interns will also assist animal care staff with medical procedures, admission exams, necropsies and release events.

Education Responsibilities- Interns will assist with environmental education programs, including on-site programs, off-site programs, fairs, and festivals. Interns will assist in giving public presentations to guests of NMLC and educate them on marine animals and conservation. Interns will assist in the gift shop; assist with various office projects and event promotion.

Other Responsibilities- Each intern will take on a project which they will work on for the duration of their internship. The project must be proposed by the student and agreed upon with the NMLC staff. At the end of the internship, the intern will present the project to the staff, volunteers, and members of the public. Each intern will also be assigned a weekly chore to assist with the upkeep of the facility and equipment, and will be required to attend regularly scheduled intern meetings.

Positions are unpaid, interns must have their own transportation, and housing is not provided, but NMLC will offer suggestions.


The internship is open to students who are currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from an accredited college or university. High school students may also be considered.
Preference will be given to students or recent graduates working towards biology, environmental studies, marine science, education, or other related fields.
Intern should demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills.
Students that are adaptable, responsible, hard working, willing to learn, and have attention to detail are encouraged to apply.
Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
Spring interns should be available to work from February 2nd-May 31st 2016.
Interns should expect to work 30-40 hours per week which will include early morning and/or late night seal feedings.
If an intern plans to receive school credit for an internship they must notify staff prior to the internship start date, and it will be the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all required paperwork is completed and submitted.

To Apply- Send your resume, cover letter, and one letter of reference to Kate Shaffer & Margot Madden at or PO Box 269, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts 02532. Applications must be received by November 30th for the spring semester.

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