Soundwatch is a successful and internationally acclaimed education and
monitoring program working to reduce vessel disturbance to orcas and other
marine wildlife in the Salish Sea region of Washington State (USA) and
British Columbia (Canada). Soundwatch needs interns to help conduct seasonal
vessel patrols, educate boaters on regional/federal Be Whale Wise guidelines
and regulations, and collect data while monitoring vessel activities around
whales. Data from this critical program characterizes vessel activity trends
around endangered orcas and other marine wildlife. The data is used to
promote better boater compliance and to inform marine mammal management
strategies such as state and federal vessel laws and guidelines. The
Soundwatch program is operated by The Whale Museum (TWM), a not-for-profit
organization located in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in Washington
State. To learn more, please visit our website and read Soundwatch’s most
recent Contract Report and publications.
* Commit to at least 12 weeks between May and September.
* Be able to work approximately 35-40 hours per week, Mon-Sun.
* Perform a variety of tasks both in the field, aboard small
research vessel and in an office setting.
* Have a strong sense of responsibility, work ethic and attention to
* Produce high quality research efforts and exhibit strong
* Field days: Interns must be able to spend many hours on the water
sometimes in extreme seasonal conditions. Field days typically exceed eight
hours and occur at least three or four times a week.
Internship is located in Friday Harbor, Washington. This position provides a
housing stipend. Interns are responsible for finding their own housing and
having a mode of transportation. Once accepted, TWM staff will be able to
assist Interns in suggesting suitable housing options and locations.
Applicant requirements: At least 18 years of age, physically fit (able to
lift 40 lbs), must be able to swim, not easily susceptible to seasickness,
and familiar with database spreadsheets. Preference will be given to
undergraduates or recent graduates in the marine or wildlife sciences.
Interns will need (for the entirety of their position) a valid US passport
or an enhanced driver’s license and CPR/First Aid certification. A state
boater license/or equivalent safe boating card, not required, but is
encouraged. Knowledge of the area and Southern Resident orca whales is
preferred, but not required.
HOW TO APPLY FOR INTERNSHIP POSITION:
Please send a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for
three references. Be sure to include what dates you can start/end.
Applications accepted until March 16, 2020, with decisions made by April 7.
PLEASE SEND APPLICATION MATERIALS TO:
Jenny L. Atkinson, Executive Director
The Whale Museum / P.O. Box 945 / Friday Harbor, Washington 98250-0945
Or email (preferred) to: email@example.com
Please visit The Whale Museum’s Web site for more information on Soundwatch:
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