Wednesday, January 16, 2019

INTERNS: Virginia Aquarium's Stranding Response Program

The Virginia Aquarium's Research & Conservation Division is now accepting Stranding Response Intern applications for Summer 2019. The application deadline is January 30, 2019. Interns are expected to begin in May, but the start date is flexible. Please note that all positions are non-compensatory and housing is not provided by the Virginia Aquarium. Interns are fully responsible for fulfilling all requirements of their home institutions to receive academic credit.

Position Overview
Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program (VAQS) interns promote the conservation of marine animal species through research, rescue, rehabilitation, and education. Once accepted, interns will be assigned to a focus area of either necropsy or rehabilitation. Interns will be cross-trained in all aspects of stranding response, however, daily tasks will be assigned to interns according to focus area. Stranding work is unpredictable, therefore experiences will vary by internship session. VAQS staff will provide as many learning opportunities as possible during each session.

  • Respond to live and dead marine mammals and sea turtles in the field.
  • Participate in all aspects of post-mortem examinations: cutting and sampling, data collection,

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

FELLOWSHIP: Stranding Response Batten Fellowship - Virginia Aquarium

The Virginia Aquarium's Research & Conservation Division is now accepting applications for a Sea Turtle and Marine Mammal Stranding Response Batten Fellow. The application deadline is January 30, 2019. Fellows are expected to begin in May, but the start date is flexible. Housing is not provided by the Virginia Aquarium. Fellows are fully responsible for fulfilling all requirements of their home institutions to receive academic credit. This competitive position includes compensation to help offset personal and incidental expenses over the course of the appointment period.

Position Overview
Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program (VAQS) Fellows promote the conservation of marine animal species through research, rescue, rehabilitation, and education. Fellows will be trained in all aspects of stranding response. Stranding work is unpredictable, therefore experiences will vary by fellowship session. VAQS staff will provide as many learning opportunities as possible during each session.

  • Respond to live and dead marine mammals and sea turtles in the field.
  • Participate in all aspects of post-mortem examinations: cutting and sampling, data collection,

Monday, January 14, 2019

INTERNS: Marine Mammals of Maine Internship Opportunity

Marine Mammals of Maine 2019 Summer Internship Opportunity
Marine Mammals of Maine (MMoME) is a non-profit organization federally authorized to respond to live and dead marine mammals and sea turtles between Kittery and Rockland, Maine. MMoME covers some of the busiest seal stranding coastline, averaging 300 live and dead animals annually. MMoME also operates a triage and rehabilitation center which provides critical care to sick and injured pinnipeds. Additionally, our mission heavily encompasses research, education and outreach, and is dedicated to promoting environmental conservation. MMoME is offering 2 different internships for the 2019 summer harbor seal pup season.

Core Internship: seeking 6 motivated, flexible and independent interns for the months of May through August, or May through October. Interns are critical in fulfilling our mission and are given the unique opportunity to participate in a variety of activities. The internship is based out of Midcoast Maine (Harpswell), though travel throughout our response region and the Northeast will be necessary. Interns will be required to dedicate a minimum of 40-50 hours per week to the internship (minimum of 4 days/week), and will include holidays, weekends and night feeds. This internship is unpaid, though seasonal job opportunities are available in the area. Housing is not provided but staff may be able to assist with sourcing options.

·         ANIMAL RESPONSE: respond to live and dead cetacean, pinniped and sea turtle strandings to collect Level A data, perform health assessments, and monitor, relocate, collect for humane euthanasia, or rescue. Carcass collection for disposal or necropsy will also be required;
·         IN-HOUSE PATIENT CARE: assist with all aspects relating to the care of sick, injured and abandoned pinnipeds undergoing short, or      long-term care at the center. Tasks include meal prep, tube-feeding, assisting with medical procedures, animal restraint for exams, running lab samples, medical record maintenance, cleaning, and transport to long-term care facilities;
·         NECROPSY: transport carcasses to necropsy and compost sites, assist with necropsy of fresh dead pinnipeds and cetaceans, and archive necropsy samples;
·         EDUCATION AND OUTREACH: give presentations to the public about the organization, attend outreach events, and help create educational materials;
·         OTHER TASKS: additional time during this internship will be spent on data entry, fundraising, cleaning, and other tasks as needed.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

INTERNS: IFAW Marine Mammal Stranding Internships - Massachusetts

The International Fund for Animal Welfare is accepting applications for Summer 2019 Marine Mammal Stranding Internships.

Summer Session (June 5th – End of August, 2019)
Complete Applications due: February 15th, 2019

Program Background
IFAW is an international non-profit organization. This internship is based out of our International Operations Center in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts, USA. IFAW's Marine Mammal Rescue and Research program is a federally authorized program dedicated to marine mammal stranding response on Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts. Our program's mission is to promote the conservation of marine mammal species and their habitat by improving the rescue and humane care of stranded marine mammals, advancing stranding science, and increasing public awareness through education. Cape Cod is a marine mammal stranding "hot spot," with an average of over 251 strandings occurring each year. These strandings include live and dead seals, whales, porpoises, and dolphins.

Only complete applications will be considered.  Please click on the link below for more information and to submit an application.

Kira Kasper | Stranding Technician
Marine Mammal Rescue and Research
IFAW - International Fund for Animal Welfare
International Operations Center
290 Summer Street - Yarmouth Port, MA 02675
tel. 1.508.744.2265    email.

Rescuing and protecting animals around the world  www.ifaw.org
Watch videos of our work at… http://g.ifaw.org/IFoundAWay

VOLUNTEERS: Alaska Whale Foundation 2019 Research Program

Alaska Whale Foundation (AWF) is seeking volunteers to participate in a
series of research projects at its field station on Baranof Island,
Southeast Alaska (latitude 57.0877 N, longitude 134.8342 W). Successful
applicants will assist in collecting and/or analyzing data for projects
examining humpback whale health, foraging ecology, and social biology.

Responsibilities: Volunteers will work in a team of 4-6 individuals and
will split their time between on-the-water activities and data work.
AWF's field station is a cooperative living environment so volunteers
will also be responsible for cooking, cleaning and basic equipment
maintenance. Volunteers are expected to cover the costs of getting
to/from either Petersburg or Sitka, Alaska and to supply their own
foul-weather gear (rain gear, boots, etc.) appropriate for work in the
Alaskan temperate rainforest and marine environment.

Compensation: In return for participation, AWF will provide travel
within Southeast Alaska to AWF's field station, room and board, and

Friday, January 11, 2019

INTERNS: Internship Opportunities and research topics available at the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute SPAIN

On behalf of the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI)
<http://www.thebdri.com/>, I am pleased to announce that 2019 research
season has just started and we are currently accepting applications for
our Internship Program 2019.

Our internship program aims to prepare students for a professional
career in the research of marine mammals, and conservation of the marine
environment. Moreover, the BDRI offers a limited number of independent
studies to advanced undergraduate and graduate students (bachelor and
master students).

The main research topics of the 2019 BDRI research season will include
marine mammal ecology, ethology, ecological modelling and bioacoustics
(on dolphins, porpoises, baleen whales and otters in Atlantic waters),
as well as marine birds and otters ecology. Highly motivated bachelor
and master students in the fields of zoology, marine biology, veterinary
and related disciplines are invited to apply for an internships at the BDRI.

Lasting between one and nine months (between January and November),
there's a variety of research projects that will help you explore what
you may want to do long term. With state-of-the-art facilities and
equipment, participants will be trained to get involved with multiple
research projects involving a combination of boat-based surveys onboard
research vessels, land-based observations, laboratory work
(photo-identification, GIS, bioacoustics, diet analysis, diving
behaviour, video analysis, database work, etc), and strandings
(response, rescue, necropsy, and data collection).
We do not confer degrees but rather provide a research environment
including a fully equipped and staffed laboratory, accommodation, and
training in the field under the mentorship of experienced marine
scientists. The BDRI offers to the students the chance to work through
the many steps of research, collecting the data on the field, and
analysing the data at the lab.

Interns will participate in the data collection of our on-going marine
megafauna research program in Galician waters (Spain) and will receive
supervision from Bruno Díaz López, PhD (Director and Chief Biologist)
and Séverine Methion, MSc (Principal Investigator and Marine Ecologist).
The BDRI office is located in a pleasant research centre located in O
Grove, Galicia (Spain). The institute and research vessels are equipped
with the state-of-the-art technology, and the study area has especially
good conditions for marine mammals and marine birds research. The
incredible diversity of cetaceans present in these waters (up to 22
different species recorded) allows the BDRI team to have several ongoing
research projects focused on the study of the ecology and behaviour of
bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises, Risso's dolphins, common
dolphins, pilot whales, humpback whales, minke whales, sei whales, fin
whales, and blue whales.

The BDRI is a very international environment, and the everyday working

There is no deadline to apply. However, approved applications are
accepted on a first-come, first serve basis. Apply early!

To apply, read the Internship Information Package and send the
application form, a resume, cover letter, and recommendation letters
(facultative) by email to: info@thebdri.com

BDRI internships are not paid and this training experience requires a
tuition fee which is used to off-set the cost of training, use of
research equipment, facilities and research vessels, accommodation in an
apartment with other participants, and other expenses (access to wifi,
kitchen utensils, electricity, taxes, insurances, etc) and a project
fee. This fee covers added supervision, tuition, and guidance, the
paperwork associated, as well as the use of BDRI resources. Successful
applicants will be responsible for their own transportation expenses to
and from the research centre (O Grove, Galicia, Spain). Students
carrying out these projects are encouraged to try for extramural or
university funding to offset these costs. If the student intends to
receive academic credit, he/she will be responsible for making all
arrangements with their educational institutions.

We look forward to your participation and a successful research
experience at the BDRI and we thank you for your interest. Feel free to
send us an e-mail to: info@thebdri.com for us to provide you further
information about the program.

The internships information information package can be donwloaded here:

The thesis information document can be downloaded here:

A list of the thesis carried out at the BDRI can be consulted here:

Some of our ex-interns shared their BDRI internship experience at:
For regular updates with photos and videos about our programs and
research activities feel free to visit <https://www.facebook.com/thebdri/>

Scientific articles published by the BDRI in 2018 (for a full list of
publications please visit: <http://www.thebdri.com/research/papers.html>)

-Diaz Lopez, B. (2018) "Hot deals at sea": responses of a top predator
(Bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus) to human-induced changes in the
coastal ecosystem. Behavioral Ecology. http:/doi.org/10.1093/beheco/ary162

-Methion, S. & Diaz Lopez, B. (2018) Abundance and demographic
parameters of bottlenose dolphins in a highly affected coastal
ecosystem. Marine and Freshwater Research https://doi.org/10.1071/MF17346

-Diaz Lopez, B & Methion, S. (2018) Does interspecific competition drive
patterns of habitat use and relative density in harbour porpoises?
Marine Biology (2018) 165:92. http://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-018-3345-8
Bruno Díaz López Ph.D
Chief biologist and Director

The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

INTERNS: Bottlenose Dolphin Internship for Summer 2019, NC, USA

Bottlenose Dolphin Photo-ID Internship Position for Summer 2019

The Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research (OBXCDR)/Nags Head Dolphin Watch are currently accepting applications for the 2019 summer season. One internship position is available. The research season is May 1 – October 5. Successful applicants must be able to commit for the entire season.
The Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research is a 501 c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of bottlenose dolphins in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Our program's goal is to gain an understanding of the population dynamics, movement patterns, and behavioral ecology of coastal bottlenose dolphins in the sounds and coastal waters near the Outer Banks. The OBXCDR conducts a long-term photo-identification monitoring study of bottlenose dolphins in Roanoke, Croatan, Albemarle, Pamlico and Currituck Sounds. Data is collected via dedicated small boat surveys as well as opportunistically from a local dolphin watch. Information from the monitoring

FUNDING: Maine Sea Grant 2020-2022 request for proposals.

Monday, January 07, 2019



This position is responsible for assisting the Monitoring Officer in the running of the "Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project" and coordinating the project interns. The project is based in New Quay, Ceredigion, West Wales, and works towards delivering on the conservation management of the bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise and grey seal populations of Cardigan Bay, monitoring their abundance, distribution, reproductive success and population structure using a combination of line-transect, photo-identification, land-based and acoustic surveys.
Start Date: April 1st, 2019      End Date: October 27th, 2019

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
  • Coordination between the Monitoring Officer, Sightings Officer and project interns – in charge of the intern shared house and the intern weekly office rota.
  • Assisting the Monitoring Officer & Sightings Officer in training interns and other volunteers in land- and boat-based surveys, photo ID studies, database entry, and more.
  • Assisting the Monitoring Officer in all phases of the research.
  • Assisting the Sightings Officer with maintenance of the national sightings network.
  • Optional opportunity to undertake a personal research project supervised by the Monitoring Officer. Research topic will be chosen according to Sea Watch Foundation requirements and applicant's interests.
The successful applicant is expected to have completed a BSc degree (or higher) in biology, marine

MEETINGS: 5th International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas

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1st Announcement of the 5th International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas

Are you working, involved or interested in marine mammal conservation throughout the world? The International Committee on Marine Mammal Protected Areas (ICMMPA) in collaboration with WWF Greece are pleased to announce that the 5th International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas will be held in April 2019 in Greece.

ICMMPA conferences have been one of the few opportunities dedicated exclusively to bring together expert scientists, MPA practitioners, stakeholders and policy makers involved in marine mammal conservation from around the globe.

In 2019, the MMPA community will be celebrating 10 years, since the first International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas held in Hawaii, and this milestone Conference will take place for the first time in Europe and specifically the Mediterranean Sea.

The Conference will have the honor to have HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, as the opening speaker, a champion in marine conservation.

The ICMMPA joins effort with WWF, one of the biggest conservation NGOs in the world, that works across all levels -from the field to the highest policy level- to strengthen the protection of marine mammals worldwide. We invite you to attend the 5th ICMMPA in Greece to discuss the challenges ahead, to contribute in developing concrete and practical steps towards achieving effective place-based protection and management for marine mammal and to ultimately identify a path forward that will lead ICMMPA into the future. Early registrations are now open!

For more information about the 5th ICMMPA, contact: