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Job & Internship Opportunities

AVAILABLE OPPORTUNITIES

Parasite Lab Research Assistant (part-time)
Marine Animal Rehabilitation & Education Intern (unpaid)
Marketing Intern (unpaid)

JOB OPENINGS

PARASITE LAB RESEARCH ASSISTANT (part-time, grant-funded, one-year)

SUMMARY: Responsible for accepting and recording parasite samples and data, analyzing samples, and drafting reports under the supervision of the Science Director and Attending Veterinarian.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Log parasite specimens received.
  • Enter data into the parasite database.
  • Take photos of parasite samples.
  • Analyze samples and identify common parasites according to established protocols.
  • Draft parasite reports.
  • Analyze tissue and medical samples for cytology.
  • Operate according to best safety protocols while handling chemicals, tissue samples, and parasite samples.
  • Assist Science Director & Attending Veterinarian.
  • Other duties as required.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • This position requires exposure to chemicals such as formalin and ethyl alcohol.
  • This position requires exposure to parasites from marine animals. As such, there is the possible risk of zoonotic disease resulting from exposure.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must possess a Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Familiarity with the laboratory’s microscopic and camera equipment.
  • Familiarity with FileMaker Pro and SPOT software on a Mac platform.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Must demonstrate excellent organizational skills.
  • Must demonstrate good written and oral communication skills.
  • Must demonstrate ability to work well with others, including staff, board, & volunteers.
  • Must be able to endure some physical exertion, such as long periods of standing; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; recurring lifting of moderately heavy items such sample boxes and laboratory equipment. The work may require specific but common physical characteristics and abilities such as lifting up to 50 pounds, above-average agility, and dexterity.

TO APPLY, e-mail cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references to Kathy Zagzebski, President & Executive Director, kzagzebski@nmlc.org.

This is a part-time, hourly, grant-funded, one year position with no benefits. Continuation of employment beyond one year depends on successful grant funding. Position open until filled.

The National Marine Life Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

INTERNSHIP OPENINGS

Deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: July 1st
  • Spring Semester: November 1st
  • Summer Semester: March 1st

MARINE ANIMAL REHABILITATION/EDUCATION INTERNSHIP

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; diet preparation; administering feeds (including tube feeding); record keeping; facility maintenance; and water quality testing. Interns will also assist animal care staff with medical procedures, admission exams, animal 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, create displays for the Discovery Center, and help create lesson plans and activities that are aligned with the Massachusetts State Frameworks.

Other Responsibilities:  At the end of the internship, the intern will present feedback regarding their internship to the staff, volunteers, and members of the public. 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. Housing is not provided, but NMLC will offer suggestions.

Qualifications

  • The internship is open to students who are currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from an accredited college or university. High school students may also be considered.
  • 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, hard working, 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 28, 2017 to January 2, 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 apply@nmlc.org or P.O. Box 269, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts 02532. Applications must be received by July 1st for the fall semester, November 1st for the spring semester, or March 1st for the summer semester.

 

Marketing/Development Internship

Responsibilities:

  • Promoting NMLC’s mission through appropriate publications and venues.
  • Assisting with donor outreach and communications, including donor tracking, follow-up, and upkeep of the donor database.
  • Updating community and website calendars with upcoming events and educational programs.
  • Assist in the planning and execution of fundraising events including our annual Mermaid Ball, Feet Fins & Flippers 5K, Deals for Seals Yard Sale, and The Spectacle of the Trees. Specific activities include: Creating event marketing materials, Writing press releases, Managing the 5K t-shirt design competition, Recruiting event sponsors, Recruiting donations for auction and raffle prizes, Helping with event registration and day of preparations
  • Maintaining social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram.
  • Maintaining our WordPress website.
  • Research potential funding sources and apply for funding through grants and sponsorship programs.
  • Update and edit current marketing materials such as brochures, flyers, direct mailings, and educational materials.
  • Update NMLC’s marketing plan, social media policy, media policy, & other communications policies

Qualifications:

  • 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 in marketing, communications, or other related fields.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Must be outgoing and personable with good social and conversational skills.
  • Have knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite and social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, and blogging
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Spring interns should be available to work from January 2 through May 31, 2017.
  • Intern should expect to work 20-24 hours per week, including weekends, evenings, and holidays.
  • 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.

This position is unpaid. Interns must have their own transportation. Housing is not provided, but NMLC will offer suggestions.

To Apply: Send your resume, cover letter, and one letter of reference to Margot Madden at apply@nmlc.org or P.O. Box 269, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, 02532. Applications must be received by August 1st for the fall semester, November 1st for the spring semester, or March 31st for the summer.