Saturday, October 21, 2017

INTERNS: Internship with Cascadia Research Collective us west coast & Hawaii

Cascadia Research Collective in Olympia, Washington is now accepting interns for U.S. west coast and Hawaiʻi research for winter, spring and summer 2018! 

We will be at the 22nd Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada next week and conducting interviews for winter, spring and summer 2018 internships. Anyone attending the conference who is interested in an internship with Cascadia should contact us by October 22nd to arrange an interview.
Cascadia Research Collective (CRC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit research and education organization founded in 1979. Most of our research is focused on whale and dolphin populations along the west coast of North America and in Hawaiʻi.
CRC is currently filling positions for:
Winter 2018 (January-March)
Spring 2018 (April-June)
Summer 2018 (July-September)

Internships are unpaid, office-based positions in Olympia, WA and housing is not provided.
International applicants will also be considered, but it is the responsibility of the applicant to acquire

JOB: International Veterinary In-Residence program at The Marine Mammal Center (Sausalito, California, USA)


The Marine Mammal Center International Veterinary In-Residence (IVIR) training program provides marine mammal veterinarians across the globe an opportunity to gain experience in marine mammal medicine and rehabilitation. It is expected that successful applicants will return to their pre-existing programs prepared to implement training programs of their own.
This position requires a DVM degree or equivalent. Preference will be given to veterinarians that are currently employed with a marine mammal rehabilitation program or non-profit equivalent. This is an unpaid position, but a small stipend is available for food. Airfare to San Francisco, California, as well as shared housing at the TMMC Guest House located within the Marin Headlands, will be provided as part of the program. The house is shared during the busy season with other students, researchers, externs and the veterinary intern. This position is available during the busy season for up to three months at a time, between March and September. The applicant is responsible for completing all required visa paperwork, and is required to have an international driver's license. Strong written and spoken English is a requirement.
The Marine Mammal Center veterinary staff includes full and part time veterinarians, three veterinary technicians, a medical technologist and research staff. Goals of the program include assisting the veterinary medical staff in providing medical management of a large number of stranded marine mammals (mostly pinnipeds); performing post mortem examinations, sample collection for various research projects, and record keeping. Collaborative research is highly valued at TMMC, and development of a research project and scientific publication, either clinical or using retrospective necropsy data, is highly encouraged. Past IVIRs have attended international conferences, scientific workshops, or visited other collaborative partners. Opportunities for additional professional development will be supported as they arise. 

VOLUNTEER: Marine Fauna Volunteer Position, New Zealand

Marine Fauna Volunteer Position, New Zealand

A volunteer is required to assist with an ongoing study investigating the site fidelity and movement of marine fauna in New Zealand. There are three components to this study: 1) fieldwork conducting cetacean photo-identification, 2) laboratory work conducting necropsys on marine turtles, 3) desktop research including data entry and photo-identification of leopard seals. This project is part of the ongoing research for the Hauraki Gulf Cetacean Project under the Coastal-Marine Research Group (C-MRG) at Massey University, Auckland and for the Marine Megafauna Group at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Wellington.
While the field season runs year-round, currently volunteers are needed from November 2017 – April 2018. A minimum commitment of three months is required and priority will be given to those who can commit for longer periods.
LOCATION: Auckland, New Zealand
Component 1: Fieldwork conducting cetacean photo-identification
The fieldwork component involves conducting field surveys, primarily collecting photo identification on common dolphins, Bryde's whales, bottlenose dolphins and killer whales. The successful applicant will gain valuable experience in conducting marine mammal field research, identifying individuals based on dorsal fin characteristics, and the use of databases for archiving field data.
Field work is physically and at times mentally demanding but it is a great opportunity to gain knowledge in visual cetacean surveying, to get hands-on field experience in relation to survey techniques, photo-

JOB: Sarasota Dolphin Research Program

Research Associate, Dolphin Research
The Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP) is a collaborative partnership dedicated to dolphin research, conservation, and education.  It was the first systematic study of bottlenose dolphin ranging patterns, and findings of multi-decadal, multi-generational residency have set the stage for the program to continue and develop into new areas of research.  Since 1989, the Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) has led the SDRP partnership, providing an administrative home for the long-term program and support for ongoing program operations, including the CZS employees who form the core program staff.  Mote Marine Laboratory, where initial research was conducted during 1970-1971, has provided a base of operations on Sarasota Bay and access to laboratory facilities and infrastructure since 1992.  The Program Director since the late 1970's, Dr. Randall Wells, guided the SDRP from a seasonal operation involving teams of volunteers to its current year-round operations with a complement of full and part time staff, who work with graduate students, interns, and volunteers.  The Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, conducting the world's longest-running study of a wild dolphin population, now is a pre-eminent international center for research into the biology,

JOB: Hospital Director, Ke Kai Ola, Hawaii

Hospital Director, Ke Kai Ola

In 2014, The Marine Mammal Center opened Ke Kai Ola ("The Healing Sea") a hospital and education center dedicated to caring for injured, ill, and orphaned Hawaiian monk seals and returning them to the wild and to be a place where children and the community learn to care for this beautiful marine mammal. The goal of Ke Kai Ola is to promote Hawaiian monk seal recovery through 1) a science-based rehabilitation program; 2) a highly trained and well-managed volunteer stranding response network; and 3) coordinated community efforts and partnerships to inspire the local community to protect, care for, and ensure the future of this endangered species.

The Hospital Director of Ke Kai Ola works as an integrated member of the Kailua Kona community and the broader conservation and education communities in Hawaii, and across departments at The Marine Mammal Center to ensure that Ke Kai Ola is tightly integrated into the Center's planning and operations by closely liaising with directors and staff of the Veterinary Science, Life Support System and Facilities, Education and Guest Experience, Development and Marketing, Finance, and People and Culture departments. The hospital director is responsible for the strategy, structure, budgets, people, financial outcomes and agreed metrics of Ke Kai Ola. S/he administers and manages veterinary care of Hawaiian monk seal patients, manages the day-to-day operations of the hospital and works to ensure the growth and sustainability of the program. The person in this role works quite closely with colleagues at NOAA Fisheries, and directly manages a team of two staff and many

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

2017 North Atlantic Right Whale Unusual Mortality Event :: NOAA Fisheries

2017 North Atlantic Right Whale Unusual Mortality Event :: NOAA Fisheries

Since June 7, 2017, elevated North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) mortalities have occurred primarily in Canada.  A total of 14 confirmed dead stranded whales (12 in Canada; 2 in the U.S.), and five live whale entanglements in Canada have been documented to date. 
This event has been declared an Unusual Mortality Event (UME).
The 2017 annual North Atlantic right mortalities includes one stranding in the U.S. in April 2017 prior to the UME. Note: Graph represents confirmed mortalities that were reported in each country and does not always reflect the location of the injury or death of the animal.  Carcasses may drift across national boundaries, therefore a carcass may be sighted or

Monday, May 01, 2017

SCHOLARSHIPS - looking for experienced cetaceans and marine turtles researchers (PhD, Master and Degree levels) for project Mistic Seas II - MADEIRA Archipelago - PORTUGAL

Project MISTIC SEAS II, OOM-ARDITI (Madeira Oceanic Observatory / Madeira Research, Tecnology and Development Agency) has announced the following scholarships:

  1. One researcher (level PhD) with experience in line-transect distance sampling surveys (preferably MRDS – Mark-Recapture Distance Sampling) of cetacean and/or sea turtles'. The successful candidate should have field experience in carrying out and/or coordinating surveys, in organising, validating and processing data and finally in analysis of data to estimate abundances and generate surface density distribution maps, with General Addictive Models (GAMs), using Distance software and/or R specific package software. The selected applicants will temporarily integrate the Madeira Whale Museum team (partner of OOM - Madeira Oceanic Observatory), with decades of experience in the study of cetaceans in Madeira archipelago. For further information - http://www.arditi.pt/index.php/concursos/bolsas-concursos?id=212

  1. Four cetaceans and sea turtles' observers (level graduate students), with knowledge and experience in visual detection and data collection of the above-mentioned species, preferably with experience in distance sampling line transect surveys. For further information - http://www.arditi.pt/index.php/concursos/bolsas-concursos?id=209

  1. One cetacean photo-id researcher (Master degree), with knowledge and experience in photo-identification of small delphinidae, preferably of bottlenose dolphin and/or short-finned pilot whales, to carry out a photo-identification study to estimate abundance of these species using Capture-Mark-Recapture (CMR) methods following the Robust design. For further information - http://www.arditi.pt/index.php/concursos/bolsas-concursos?id=210

  1. One marine turtle's researcher (level graduate students), preferably with knowledge and experience in locating, identifying and capturing marine turtles at sea. This person should also have knowledge and experience in carrying out biological sampling of turtles at sea and in the laboratory. For further information - http://www.arditi.pt/index.php/concursos/bolsas-concursos?id=211

The deadline for the submission of applications for the scholarships is the 19th May 2017. For further information on each scholarship please follow the links provided above.

The selected applicants that working with cetaceans (A,B,C) will integrate temporarily the Madeira Whale Museum scientific team (partner of OOM - Madeira Oceanic Observatory), while the marine turtle's researcher (D) will temporarily integrate the University of Madeira (partner of the OOM - Madeira Oceanic Observatory). Both Institutions have decades of experience in research studies in Madeira archipelago in their respective fields of expertise. The work will be carried out in Madeira archipelago, Portugal.

"MISTIC SEAS II – Applying a subregional coherent and coordinated approach to the monitoring and assessment of marine biodiversity in Macaronesia for the second cycle of the MSFD", is a project financed by the DG ENV, European Commission (No. 11.0661/2017/750679/SUB/ENV.C2). The project aims at implementing the common monitoring programs designed in MISTIC SEAS project and reinforce regionally coherent, coordinated and consistent updates to the determination of GES, as well as to prepare the next steps of the 2nd cycle of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive - MSFD (2008/56/EC).

Kind Regards,

Luís Freitas

Biólogo Marinho - Marine Biologist
Coordenador da Unidade de Ciência - Head of the Science Unit
Museu da Baleia - Madeira Whale Museum
Rua Garcia Moniz Nº.1, 9200-031 Caniçal, Madeira, Portugal.
T: 00 351 291 961 858 | F: 00 351 291 961 859

Sunday, April 30, 2017

JOBS: Job Opening for MMO/PAM operator

Job opening for experienced MMO/PAM Operator.  Must have at least 2 years offshore experience including work from semisubs and on VSPs.  Must be willing and able to work in Israel.  Must be available for rapid deployment from May to July 2017.   Job provides excellent compensation commiserate for a professional MMO/PAM operator including full day rates for all travel and standby, per diem policy, and all expenses covered.  Rates and job information will be provided upon submission of the following: 1) Resume 2) Copy of passport with a full list of countries traveled 3) All training and medical certificates.   Submit to: Teresa Bohuszewicz tbohuszewicz@marineventures.com

INTERNS: Internship with Cascadia Research Collective

Cascadia Research Collective in Olympia, Washington is looking for interns for summer and fall of 2017, and winter and spring of 2018 
Cascadia Research Collective is a 501(c)3 non-profit research and education organization founded in 1979. Most of our research is focused on whale and dolphin populations along the west coast of North America and in Hawaiʻi. For more information about Cascadia and our research please visit www.cascadiaresearch.org
We are seeking interns to help with our U.S. west coast and Hawaiʻi research projects. Both internships are office-based positions in Olympia, Washington.
We are currently filling positions for:
Summer 2017 (July-September)
Fall 2017 (September-December)
Winter 2018 (January-March)
Spring 2018 (April-June)

International applicants will also be considered, but it is the responsibility of the applicant to acquire necessary visas and documentation.
Internship Details:
Cascadia gives priority to those seeking internships for college/university credit as well as to those who can commit full time (40 hours a week). We prefer upper-level undergraduate students with some science background or those seeking to go to or who are already in graduate school in a marine science field. These positions are unpaid and at this time we are not able to provide housing. The internships are generally three months in length, although exceptions can be made depending on the academic calendar of the college or university and the schedule of the applicant.
Project Descriptions:
Interns with Cascadia primarily assist with photo-identification catalogs. In this capacity, interns will be expected to spend a large portion of their time comparing photographs to our existing catalogs, and may additionally be involved in digital image processing, data entry, and tasks related to historical catalog maintenance.  However, depending upon the season there may also be some opportunities to assist staff in field data collection along the west coast and in addition, interns will assist staff in stranding response in Washington state. This includes participation in beach surveys, data and specimen collection, data entry, and assisting in necropsies of both pinnipeds and cetaceans. Responses may involve hiking into remote areas and carrying heavy loads.

US west coast photo-ID studies focus on baleen whales, including humpback, blue, and gray whales off the US West Coast and the inside waters of Washington state.
Hawaiʻi photo-ID studies focus on a variety of species of odontocetes, including rough-toothed dolphins, false killer whales, beaked whales and bottlenose dolphins. For more information on the Hawaiʻi projects please visit http://cascadiaresearch.org/projects/hawaii
Photo identification requires a high degree of focus and attention to detail, and interns can expect to spend the majority of their time comparing photographs.
Successful applicants should have the following skills:
- strong communication skills
- focus and attention to detail
- willingness to spend long hours in front of a computer
- ability to work independently
If you are interested in interning with Cascadia, please visit our website and send a CV (including references and their contact information), two letters of recommendation, and a letter of interest that describes why you are applying for the position and how the experience will help you be successful in meeting long-term goals.
For a US west coast project internship please send the information to:
Kiirsten Flynn: kflynn@cascadiaresearch.org
For a Hawaiʻi project internship please send the information to:
If you would like to be considered for either, please indicate that in your letter and send to both.

INTERNS: Melbourne Beach Marine Mammal Internship

Interns will assist with manatee rescues, carcass salvages, and research in east central Florida.
The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's (FWRI) Marine Mammal Research subsection is looking for an intern to assist with manatee salvage, rescue, and research at the Melbourne Beach field lab (which includes Brevard, Indian River, Volusia, Orange, Osceola, Lake, Seminole Counties). Normally, there is one intern per season: Spring (Jan-April), Summer (May-Aug), and Fall (Sept-Dec). Start and end dates can be worked out with the intern supervisor. Interns will assist with field necropsies as needed and conduct photo identification, radio tracking and temperature monitoring as time permits. Interns will also complete mortality and rescue reports, perform equipment maintenance and assist with other office work as needed. The intern is required to complete a project and present a 10-15 minute seminar on the work accomplished during their internship.
  • a junior or senior college student or recent graduate (special cases are considered but applicants must be 18 years or older);
  • comfortable driving large trucks and speaking to the public;
  • computer literate, in possession of a valid driver's license, able to lift 50 pounds and able to swim.
  • Previous experience with digital SLR cameras, telephoto lenses, and filters;
  • Previous animal handling experience.;
  • Ability to trailer and operate watercrafts up to 22' in length and experience with radio telemetry tracking gear 
Applicants should be aware 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.
Application Process
If you are interested in applying for an internship with the FWRI, please provide the following information:
  • A cover letter describing area(s) of interest and the dates, days and hours of availability.
  • A résumé describing training and experience.
  • Names and contact information for at least three references.
  • An unofficial copy of your academic transcript.
Please send these items as e-mail attachments to: Interns@MyFWC.com
If electronic submission is not possible, hard copies can be mailed to:
Internship Coordinator
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 Eighth Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5020