WDC North America, located in Plymouth, Massachusetts, offers internships and 
field volunteer positions, providing research, policy, education and advocacy 
experience in working for an international non-profit organization. We are 
accepting applications for our summer positions (starting date is flexible, but 
beginning as early as May 1st) until midnight EST on Sunday, March 4th, 2018.
Internships are offered to qualified applicants throughout the year, allowing 
each participant to become proficient at field data collection, educational 
outreach, and conservation issues of marine mammals. Interns may also assist 
staff in completing various tasks pertaining to our focal projects.
The WDC internship/volunteer program aims to give participants exposure to all 
aspects of working with a conservation non-profit organization. Successful 
candidates are tasked with everything from field research to office 
administration. All interns gain experience with public speaking by interacting 
with passengers aboard whale watching vessels, participating in school talks, 
and other public outreach events throughout the year.  Additionally, interns 
will assist with written communication efforts including social media, blogs, 
and supporter directed communications. Other potential opportunities include 
attending workshops/conferences and responding to stranded marine mammals, 
though these are not guaranteed opportunities. This program exposes interns to 
real world experiences that will help them develop the skills and understanding 
needed to succeed in the field of marine mammal conversation and research. 
Participants will gain an in-depth perspective of this field and a better 
understanding of where their interests lie. Through this internship, a number 
of skills are developed including analytical, organizational, interpersonal, 
and communication skills.
As part of the field work experience, interns will learn species 
identification, behavioral sequencing, data collection and photo identification 
research techniques on marine mammals in the Gulf of Maine.  They will also 
have the opportunity to go out on commercial whale watching boats several times 
a week (field season is April through October) to photograph and record 
sightings of humpback, finback, and minke whales, as well as other notable 
marine wildlife. The frequency of fieldwork is weather dependent. Days not in 
the field will be spent at the office uploading photos and data into our photo 
identification database or working on any tasks that may be assigned.
At the end of the program our hope is that interns will be able to leave with a 
comprehensive understanding of both the exciting and routine aspects of what it 
takes to research and conserve marine mammals.
There is no fee or compensation for the internship/volunteer positions. 
Participants must arrange for their own transportation to and from Plymouth and 
provide their own food. Limited housing with a shared bedroom is available on 
site for a monthly fee of $300 USD, which is strictly to offset the cost of 
housing. Assistance can be provided in finding alternate housing at the request 
of the applicant, and those that can provide their own housing are encouraged 
to apply.
 WDC is willing to help qualified students obtain credits for the program 
through their college or university. The program requires a minimum commitment 
of 12 weeks, with the possibility of extending the term on a case-by-case 
basis. The internship is a full time position requiring open and flexible 
Candidate Requirements

  *   Fluency in English.
  *   Must be 18 years or older (preference given to students matriculated in 
or recently graduated from appropriate graduate or under graduate degree 
  *   Be able to show proof of valid health insurance.
  *   Act effectively as a member of a close-knit team.
  *   Be open to long days in the field or office.
  *   Ability to work on sea going vessels for long hours that may require 
physical labor.
  *   Good computer skills - familiarity with operating PCs.
  *   Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  *   Familiar with literature research protocols is beneficial.
  *   Ability to function well under pressure.
  *   Must be comfortable speaking in front of groups of people of all ages and 
able to handle unanticipated situations.
  *   Familiarity with DSLR camera, GPS equipment is preferred.
  *   Possession of a valid driver's license is strongly preferred.
  *   Ability to impart information in an understandable way to the public 
under a variety of conditions.
  *   International applicants must be able to secure their own travel Visa and 
other required documentation.
For more information visit: 
How to Apply
Please submit only the following via e-mail to 

*       *    Cover letter and resume

*       *    Contact information for two references including e-mail, phone 
number, and your affiliation to the reference

*       *    A supporting document of no more than 500 words answering one of 
the following:

1)      Do whales die through human's knowledge or ignorance?

2)      Preservation or conservation. Which offers the best route to a 
sustainable population of an endangered species and why?
Applicants should make sure they clearly indicate their availability (specific 
dates, if possible) in their cover letter. Any additional questions should be 
directed to Monica Pepe via email at 
monica.p...@whales.org<mailto:monica.p...@whales.org> or by calling the office 
at (508) 746-2522.

Monica Pepe
Policy Manager
Conservation and Education

Telephone: +1 508 746 2522
Skype monica.c.pepe

WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation
7 Nelson Street
United States

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