The Rescue & Response team at The Marine Mammal Center is seeking applicants 
for internships working primarily with stranded pinnipeds, as well as 
occasional cetaceans and sea otters.  These positions are unpaid and applicants 
are responsible for their own accommodations. Unfortunately, we are unable to 
host international applicants at this time.

Internship Opportunities are available at the following locations.
*         San Luis Obispo Operations in Morro Bay
*         Monterey Bay Operations in Moss Landing
*         Main Hospital in Sausalito

Program Description:
The Rescue Team Internship is an exciting opportunity for individuals who are 
interested in increasing their experience and knowledge of marine mammal 
behavior and the Marine Mammal Stranding Network.  Interns will be responsible 
for answering the animal hotline and rotating the after-hours on-call.  Interns 
will coordinate rescue and triage response throughout the Center's over 
600-mile rescue range.  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 (feed preparations, medical charting, and pen cleaning) for 
on-site pinnipeds.  Other duties may include: participation in training 
classes, data entry and tracking, maintaining rescue equipment and assorted 
miscellaneous tasks.

Intern Responsibilities & Qualifications:
The internship is open to all applicants 21 years of age or older, with an avid 
interest in marine biology, zoology, general biology, policy or a related 
field.   If the intern intends to receive university credit for their 
internship, they are responsible for making all arrangements with their 
educational institution.  Interns must be able to work for a minimum of 3 
months, 5 days a week, at least 40 hours per week.  Work schedule must be 
flexible and may include weekends and holidays.  This is an unpaid position and 
all interns are responsible for obtaining housing and transportation.  
Applicants should demonstrate excellent communication skills and have practical 
computer knowledge with programs such as Word, Access, and Excel.  This 
internship position involves a fair amount of physical activity, such as: 
lifting, restraining and moving animals.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply following the links below. Please 
note that each internship period is reviewed separately, meaning that 
applicants interested in multiple time periods are required to submit separate 

There is some flexibility on the end date of internships, and interns are often 
encouraged to stay on passed their required end date if possible.

Internship Period

Application Deadline

Notification of acceptance by

Start and End Dates

Application Link


October 9th, 2016

November 1st, 2016

December 5th 2016 - March 8th  2017

Winter Internship<>


January 8th, 2017

February 1st, 2017

March 1st - June 7th 2017

Spring Internship<>


February 1st, 2017

March 1st, 2017

June 1st  - September 6th 2017

Summer Internship<>


June 11th, 2017

July 1st, 2017

August 30th - December 6th 2017

Fall Internship<>

The Marine Mammal Center is a non-profit hospital dedicated to the rescue and 
release of sick, injured or orphaned marine mammals, and to research about 
their health and diseases.  Volunteers and staff have responded to more than 
18,500 sea lions, seals, dolphins, porpoises, and other marine life.  The 
Center uniquely combines its rehabilitation program with scientific discovery 
and education programs to advance the understanding of marine mammal health, 
ocean health and conservation.   For more information, please visit our website 

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