Marine Animal Rehabilitation


Well-Known Member
5 Year Member
Nov 18, 2011
Location (City and/or State)
Suburban-life in Salem, Oregon
Marine Animal Rehabilitation & Environmental Education Internship

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: At the end of the internship, the intern will present to the staff, volunteers, and members of the public an overview of their time spent at NMLC. 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.
• 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, hardworking, willing to learn, and have attention to detail are encouraged to apply.
• Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
• Fall interns should be available to work from August 28th 2017 to January 2nd, 2018.
• Interns should expect to work 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 Margot Madden at [email protected] or PO Box 269, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts 02532. Applications must be received by July 1st for the fall semester. Interviews will be conducted on rolling bases until the deadline.

Margot Madden
Animal Care and Volunteer Manager
National Marine Life Center
P.O. Box 269, 120 Main Street
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532-0269
office (508) 743-9888 X306
cell (860) 966-0972
fax (508) 759-5477
[email protected]
Office Hours: Tuesday - Saturday