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Every year, the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center has several intern positions open.  The internships are designed to give exceptional hands-on experience with all aspects of rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals, as well as give an inside look at how a small non-profit organization works.  We are always looking for dedicated, enthusiastic interns to get involved!

There are currently three internship periods; Spring, Summer and Fall.  Internships are a minimum 3 months. Spring and Summer internships may be up to 6 months. NMMC Internships are unpaid positions, and interns are responsible for their own housing and living expenses.

Program Description:
The Northcoast Marne Mammal Center is an exciting opportunity for individuals who are interested in increasing their experience and knowledge of marine mammal behavior.  Interns will have the opportunity to participate in marine mammal rescues, releases and other field responses as available.  In addition, interns will be required to assist in other departments and with animal care duties (intake duties, feed preparations, medical charting, medicine administration, pen cleaning and other animal husbandry duties as needed) for on-site patients. The fall internship will focus on administrative, event planning and fundraising with less than 40% animal care.

Intern Responsibilities & Qualifications:
The internship is open to all applicants 21 years of age or older, with a devoted interest in marine biology, zoology, general biology, or a related field. Interns must be able to work for a minimum of 3 months, 5 days a week per week.  Work schedule will include all weekends and holidays. This is an unpaid position and interns are responsible for obtaining their own housing. Interns must also have transportation as they are required to be on call for rescues. Applicants must demonstrate excellent communication skills and computer skills including Microsoft Word and Excel.

How To Apply

Interested applicants are asked to submit a résumé that includes the names of three professional references, and a cover letter detailing interests, experience, start date and availability.  Please forward all application materials electronically to  volunteer@northcoastmmc.org

There may be some flexibility on the start date of each term, please indicate your desired start date in the cover letter. All internships must be a minimum of 3 months but can be up to 6 months if desired.

Season  Internship Term
Spring March 1st – May 31st 3 positions available
Summer June 1st – August 31st 3 positions available
Fall* August 1st – October 31st. 2 positions available

* Note – fall internship focuses primarily on administrative, event planning, and fundraising with approx. 40% animal care duties.