Thursday, June 14, 2018

OPPORTUNITY: 5 PhDs in Aquatic Animal Health including 1 on marine mammals

I'd like to announce that Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science of the University of Padova - Italy opens a call for 5 PhD students with a degree in biology or veterinary medicine. One of the possible projects is focused on marine mammal tissue banking, cell cultures and metagenomic.

All these PhD courses are organized within a largest project funded by the Italian Ministry for Research focusing on Aquatic Animal's Health including the implementation of drones for sampling, big data and machine learning, augmented reality and biobanking.

General information on:

Deadline June 26th 13:00 Rome Time

Sandro Mazzariol
--  Dr. Sandro Mazzariol, DVM, PhD  Dipartimento di Biomedicina Comparata e Alimentazione (BCA)  Università degli Studi di Padova  Cetaceans strandings Emergency Response Team (CERT)    AGRIPOLIS - Ed. Museo  Viale dell'Università 16  35020 - Legnaro (PD)    tel.: +39 049 827 2963  fax:  +39 049 827 2973  skype: smazzariol  

INTERNS: Sealcentre Pieterburen Vet Internships 2018 & 2019



The Sealcentre Pieterburen, the Netherlands, has an exciting opportunity for  two Veterinary Interns to work in our Veterinary and Seal Care Departments. Both positions last one year, one is scheduled to start in October 2018, and the other in April 2019. Previous marine mammal or wildlife experience is a plus. The Sealcentre's Veterinary Department includes two veterinarians and two veterinary interns. We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic candidate who will join our team and will work closely in a team setting with staff and volunteers to assist with all aspects of veterinary care and husbandry of sick and injured seals. Other responsibilities include but are not limited to: daily care of animals, transport of live/dead marine animals, maintenance of daily nutritional and medical records, sampling for various research projects, and  data entry. Additional duties and projects may be assigned by staff.


The interns are required to find their own transportation to Pieterburen and we provide housing (fully equipped), meals, and health insurance. These positions are unpaid. The interns should expect to be scheduled to cover a variety of shifts including weekdays, nights, weekends, and holidays. The ideal candidate should be mature and motivated, and possess a strong work ethic and excellent observational and communication skills (a fluent English level is required). Due to Visa requirements we are currently only able to accept applicants with a European passport.


The deadline for applications is July 31st  2018. Interested applicants should submit a copy of the CV, an intention letter, and two recommendation letters. Note that the application materials should be in English. Applications and questions should be submitted to vet@zeehondencentrum.nl indicating in the subject VETERINARY INTERN 2018/2019.


For more information about the Sealcentre Pieterburen  visit www.zeehondencentrum.nl

Ana Rubio García
Head of the Veterinary & Research Department
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6 12 981154

Zeehondencentrum Pieterburen. Healthy sea, happy seal.


Hoofdstraat 94a

9968 AG Pieterburen

T +31 (0)595 526 526

E: info@zeehondencentrum.nl

I: www.zeehondencentrum.nl



RESEARCH: New publication: Right whale distribution shift and extinction risk

Meyer-Gutbrod, E.L., C.H. Greene, and K.T.A. Davies. 2018. Marine species range shifts necessitate advanced policy planning: The case of the North Atlantic right whale. Oceanography31(2), https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2018.209.

Rising global temperatures are causing a poleward shift in species distribution. Range shift velocities are higher in the marine environment, with observed rates of 30–130 km per decade. Both protected and exploited species will be at risk if marine species management policies are not structured to anticipate these range shifts. The 2017 mass mortality event of the North Atlantic right whale showcases the detrimental impact of unanticipated climate-mediated behavior in a species protected by geographically and seasonally fixed policies. Based on the results of a demographic capture-​recapture model, right whales may face extinction in fewer than 30 years unless protective policies are expanded to cover their shifting distribution. Increased support of long-term monitoring programs paired with environmental modeling research is critical to developing more proactive conservation management strategies and preventing further ecological crises.

Meyer-Gutbrod, E.L., C.H. Greene, and K.T.A. Davies. 2018. Marine species range shifts necessitate advanced policy planning: The case of the North Atlantic right whale. Oceanography31(2), https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2018.209.

Erin Meyer-Gutbrod, Ph.D.

Marine Science Institute; Rm 3405
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6150

INTERNS: Call for Marine Mammal Research Interns in Kep, Cambodia.

Call for Marine Mammal Research Interns in Kep, Cambodia.

Marine Conservation Cambodia (MCC) is an NGO based on the island of Koh Ach Seh, in Cambodia's Kep Archipelago. The organisation has many facets, including working to stop illegal fishing practices, ecological and social science research and collecting data to use in the implementation of conservation legislation.


In September 2017, MCC introduced The Cambodian Marine Mammal Conservation Project in collaboration with the DMAD Marine Mammals Research Association and the Dolphin Division of Cambodia's Fisheries Administration. The project's primary aim is to collect data on abundance, distribution and residency to delineate and protect critical habitats for the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin in Cambodia's Kep Archipelago.  


We are looking for marine mammal research interns to join the team between August and December 2018.

Project activities:   


·  a minimum of 3 observational land surveys per week using a Theodolite and Pythagoras software;

·  a minimum of 1 observational boat survey per week;

·  aerial surveys using a DJI drone;

·  photo-identification techniques using Discovery software;

·  passive acoustic monitoring using a C-POD and CPOD.exe software;

·  social science techniques;

·  data entry, processing and analysis;

·  education and outreach; 

·  running a marine mammal stranding network;

·  scientific writing for peer-reviewed journals and government reports;

·  designing marine mammal legislation.



Basic internship training schedule


Session 1: Introduction to MCC and The Cambodian Marine Mammal Conservation Project.

Session 2: Research method training on observational land and boat surveying techniques.

Session 3: Marine mammal identification and behaviour training.

Session 4: Marine vessel identification training.

Session 5: Data sheet and data entry training.

Session 6: Drone footage analysis training.

Session 7: Training feedback and debrief.

Session 8: Practice observational land and boat survey.

Session 9: Theodolite introduction and training.

Session 10: Pythagoras and Theodolite station setting training.


Depending on your skill set and interest, you may want to become involved in other project related activities, however this will be dependent on the length of your internship.



Internship requirements:


We are looking for dedicated, motived and hard-working interns, ready to commit to early mornings and late nights, with a keen interest in marine mammals and their conservation. You must be:

·         positive;

·         adaptable;

·         self-motivated;

·         resourceful;

·         a team player;

·         eager to learn;

·         good at time management;

·         and comfortable living in shared accommodation within a multicultural team.



Project site description:


The project is based on the island of Koh Ach Seh, a 40-minute boat trip from Kep Town, Cambodia. The island is inhabited only by MCC, a team made up of a mixture of interdisciplinary international and local staff. The accommodation and facilities on the island are basic but well-maintained. You will be in shared and catered accommodation with fellow interns and staff members. All project related resources are provided.  



Application process and fees:


There is an internship fee of $400 USD/week, which will cover:

·         all food, water, accommodation;

·         transport to and from the mainland to the project island;

·         marine mammal research training;

·         scuba diving (if qualified);

·         and the opportunity to get involved in activities and training at MCC, such as seahorse research or artificial reef management.

Discounts are available for those committing to longer durations or for individuals with significant relevant experience There are limited spaces available, if interested, please send a CV/resume and covering letter to cambodiadolphinproject@gmail.com  to apply.

Sarah Tubbs
Project Coordinator of 'The Cambodian Dolphin Project', Marine Conservation Cambodia

+855 97 642 5886 | cambodiadolphinproject@gmail.com


INTERNS: FWC Manatee Internship Availability

The Southeast manatee field station is currently seeking candidates for one Fall/Winter 2018 and one Winter/Spring 2019 internship!  Application deadline is Sunday, July 8th


Interns will assist with manatee rescue, carcass salvage, and research in South Florida.


The Southeast Field lab is offering two internships: one 6 month term for the fall/winter 2018 session and one 4-6 month term for the Winter/Spring 2019 session. The expected start date for the Fall/Winter 2018 internship will be around October 1st and January 2nd for the Winter/Spring 2019 internship. Start dates will be flexible. Working hours are typically five days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with some nights and weekends required. The position is located in Tequesta (east coast of Florida, just north of Palm Beach). The intern's duties include assisting with manatee rescue, carcass salvage, and research in South Florida. Interns will assist with manatee and cetacean field necropsies, temperature monitoring research, and conduct manatee photo ID. Interns will also complete mortality and rescue reports and assist with other office and public outreach work as needed. To perform the duties of the position, interns will operate trucks, trailers, and boats up to 22' in length. The intern is required to complete a project and present a 10-15 minute presentation at the end of their internship.


Junior or senior college students and recent graduates are eligible. Applicants should have some research field experience; be able to drive large trucks; be computer literate; be comfortable speaking to the public; and be proficient in the use of digital cameras, telephoto lenses, and filters. Previous animal-handling experience is desirable. Ability to trailer flatbeds and boats, as well as operate watercraft up to 22' in length is desirable. Interns must possess a valid driver's license, be able to lift 50 pounds, and be able to swim. Applicants should understand that this internship will require them to be wet, dirty, and outdoors in all weather conditions. This position is unpaid and housing is not provided. Interns must provide their own transportation to and from the field station.

If you are interested in applying for an internship with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, the following information is required:

§  A cover letter describing area(s) of interest and the dates, days, and hours of availability

§  A résumé describing training and experience

§  A list of three references

§  An unofficial copy of your academic transcript

Please send these items as e-mail attachments to: Interns@MyFWC.com

Or mail hard copies to:

Internship Coordinator
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 Eighth Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5020




Shelby Beard

Biological Scientist

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Marine Mammal Section

19100 SE Federal Highway, Tequesta, FL 33469


Wildlife Alert Hotline: 1-888-404-3922


Thursday, May 17, 2018




Smultea Sciences is looking for certified PAM operators and Protected Species Observers (PSOs) for vessel-based OFF-SHORE WIND projects primarily in the Atlantic but also in other regions. These are W2 positions, so you'll need to be eligible for US employment. (Visas are not an option.) Rotations available throughout the summer and fall are typically 30-45 days. Day rates are DOE and position.


  • Must provide proof of up-to-date: (1) BOSIET, (2) Physical (3) Negative drug test, (4) Eligibility for US Employment (US Passport or Driver's license and social security card)
  • Must have prior related experience in the Atlantic or Gulf of Mexico
  • PAM operators must have experience with PAMGuard and deploying/monitoring towed arrays for dolphins and whales.

Please email your CV, contact information, 2 references (name, phone number, and position), and a short statement about yourself to HR@smulteasciences.com.


For additional information about what we do at Smultea Sciences, see www.SmulteaSciences.com and our Facebook page.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

FELLOWSHIP: Mystic Aquarium - Animal Rescue Program Fellowship

Mystic Aquarium Animal Rescue Program Fellowship

Fellowship summary
The Animal Rescue Program (ARP) Fellowship position is an expanded internship.  The goal of the program is to provide college students or recent college graduates that are pursuing a career in veterinary medicine an opportunity to expand their animal skills by learning proper techniques for treating marine animals within a rehabilitation setting.  The Animal Rescue Program is a department within Mystic Aquarium whose mission is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education, and research.
Application deadlines are as follows:
Spring fellowship (Jan-May):  September 30
Summer fellowship (May-Aug):  January 31
Fall fellowship (Sept-Dec):  May 31

Demonstrate excellent representation of the aquarium at all times through a positive, can-do attitude and teamwork focused work ethic.  The ARP Fellow is responsible for the day-to-day operations and general organization of the Animal Rescue Clinic (ARC) with guidance from ARP staff.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  diet preparation, cleaning and maintenance of ARP areas, record keeping, and providing medical treatments to animals with guidance from ARP staff and Aquarium veterinarians.  Medical treatments may include restraint for procedures, tube feeding, intravenous blood samples, subcutaneous fluids, intramuscular injections, etc.  The ARP Fellow will also provide training and guidance to ARP volunteers and interns, as requested.

Minimum requirements
Must be willing to consistently provide internal and external customer service above and beyond expectation.  One of the following degree options is required:  a degree from an AVMA-accredited Veterinary Technology program, current enrollment in an AVMA-accredited Veterinary Technology program, current undergraduate enrollment (3rd or 4th year) in a pre-veterinary track program, current enrollment (1st or 2nd year) in an AVMA-accredited Veterinary Medicine degree program, or a bachelor's degree with equivalent animal experience to above.  Experience working in a veterinary clinic setting is strongly desired.  Current valid driver's license required.  Must be proficient in Microsoft Office.  Must be able to work independently as well as part of a team, possess strong written and verbal communication skills, and have flexibility, a high attention to detail, strong organization and time management skills, a positive attitude and a willingness to learn.  Candidate must be able to meet the physical demands of the position which include prolonged standing and kneeling, lifting objects, and working in outdoor conditions.   

Responsibilities and essential functions
All fellowships are unpaid with a minimum 12-16 week commitment required.  The position is scheduled five days per week for a minimum of 40 hours each week.  Applicants must be willing to work a flexible schedule, as hours may include evenings, weekends, and holidays.  Housing is not provided.   
To perform this fellowship position successfully, an individual must be able to execute each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
·         Assist ARP and veterinary staff in obtaining clinical and research samples collected from stranded animals
·         Perform and/or assist ARP and veterinary staff with clinical procedures and injections, fluid therapy, collection of diagnostic samples, tube feeding, and wound care
·         Perform and/or assist in overall ARC operations including feeding and caring for rehabilitating animals, delivering medications and supplements, cleaning and maintaining animal units, maintaining quarantine protocols, and record keeping
·         Assist ARP and veterinary staff with gross necropsy procedures, when necessary
·         Provide mentorship to interns/volunteers who are working within the ARC
·         All fellows are responsible for working in a safe manner at all times
·         Every fellow must properly use, and keep in good order, all personal protective equipment (PPE) supplied to them as protection from recognized hazards
·         Every fellow must report any unsafe condition
·         Every fellow must have a working knowledge of all Facility wide, and Department specific, safety procedures that relate to their position, including, but not limited to:  Emergency Evacuation, Lockdown Procedure, and Fire Extinguisher Use
·         Perform all other duties as assigned by supervisor
Project requirement
ARP fellows will be required to complete a project by the end of their term.  This project will be focused on some aspect of veterinary medicine with guidance from ARP staff.  The final product will be a 12 minute PowerPoint presentation provided to Aquarium staff/interns/volunteers based on the project selected.

Please visit the below website to apply.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

VOLUNTEERS: Summer Volunteer Opportunites with Cetus' Robson Bight Warden Program

Summer Volunteer Opportunities with Cetus' Robson Bight Warden Program!
Cetus is a non-profit, marine conservation society, which operates in the waters around Victoria and Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada. Since 2005 we have worked to reduce disturbances to marine mammals on the British Columbia coast and promote respect for our marine environment through on-the-water and land-based education, outreach and direct monitoring activities.
The Robson Bight Marine Warden Program operates in Johnstone Strait, in the waters around the Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve. The ecological reserve is designated for the protection of critical habitat of the Northern resident killer whales. This is a unique area where the whales often come to rub their bodies along the underwater beaches. Our marine wardens monitor vessels and marine mammal populations, and educate boaters and kayakers about the

Thursday, March 15, 2018

INTERNS: Hiring 2018 Team for Soundwatch Boater Education Program in Washington

The Whale Museum's Soundwatch Boater Education Program:
Hiring Team for 2018 Summer Season

Location: Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington State, USA
Open Positions:
·         Soundwatch Project Coordinator Job Description(year-round, full-time/exempt, includes health care benefits)
·         Soundwatch Seasonal Vessel Driver/Educator Job Description (contract position, June-September, 24-32 hours weekly)
·         Soundwatch Intern Position Description (seasonal position, 35-40 hours per week)
Established in 1979 as the first U.S. museum dedicated to whales living in the wild, The Whale Museum promotes stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research. The Soundwatch Boater Education Program was initiated in 1993 by The Whale Museum to reduce disturbances to marine wildlife caused by irresponsible boater behaviors. This innovative program educates boaters on guidelines and regulations for marine wildlife through

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

JOB: Manatee Biologist Job Opportunity

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Wildlife Research – Marine Mammals
Broadband/Class Code:  19-1023-01
Position Number:  77901365
Annual Salary Range:  $13.00/hr., 20 hrs. Per week
Announcement Type:  Open Competitive
Location: Tequesta, Florida
Facility: Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Pay Grade/ Pay Band:  BB005
Closing Date: March 26, 2018

This half-time position, located in Tequesta, participates in Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's manatee research program in a seven-county area along southeast coast Florida.  This is a part-time position, approximately 20 hrs/week, including one weekend day.
Duties may include but are not limited to: recovery of manatee carcasses from a seven county area in southeast Florida, conduct necropsies on badly decomposed manatee carcasses and transport fresh to moderately decomposed manatee carcasses to the necropsy facility in St. Petersburg; participate in manatee rescue, including coordination of capture