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INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

WDC is excited to offer three internship roles in 2022. Scroll through all three or use the buttons below to jump to a specific one.

CONSERVATION EDUCATION INTERNSHIP (TEMPORARY, FULL-TIME, PAID)

The deadline to apply is February 7th, 2022

INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTION:

Whale and Dolphin Conservation’s North American office is excited to offer a 12-week Conservation Education Internship to entry-level candidates. This opportunity will provide interns with transferable job skills and insight to the inner workings of a non-profit focused on the conservation of marine mammals. 

This position is best suited for those who may not yet have practical experience in this field. Applicants should be eager to dive into new experiences and enjoy having a variety of tasks to work on. The primary responsibilities of this role focus on the development and implementation of WDC’s formal and informal educational efforts (creating lesson plans, facilitating inquiry-based activities, making presentations, managing outreach events, etc). Interns will build a strong set of skills working on components of these programs related to educational design and philosophy, public speaking and outreach, communications and marketing strategies (including social media), and contribute new ideas and plans on how to grow WDC’s educational programming.

Upon completion of the internship, candidates will gain experience in: 

  • Effective communication strategies with a variety of audiences.
  • Creating and facilitating educational activities.
  • Program management and development.
  • Using and working with a variety of software platforms.
  • Comprehensive understanding of best educational practices.

LOGISTICS:

We have one open position in 2022 for this temporary, full-time internship, which is available as early as May. This will be primarily an in-person position. Candidates must be able to demonstrate that they are legally eligible to work in the USA by the proposed starting date. Successful candidates will need to make their own arrangements, as needed, for housing and transportation to and from the WDC office in Plymouth, MA, USA. 

Successful candidates are expected to work 40 hours per week for the 12 week period of the program; they will be compensated at a rate of $15/hour and a sum not to exceed $7,200 over the course of the 12 weeks. 

Applicants must be 18 years or older and fluent in English. WDC will assist interested students in obtaining credits for the program through their college or university.

Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. Whale and Dolphin Conservation embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We recognize that the field of marine mammal research and conservation lacks diversity, including within our own organization. WDC is dedicated to creating inclusive opportunities which represent diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. 

The deadline to apply is February 7th, 2022.

Candidates in this internship will:

  • Have effective verbal and/or written communications skills
  • Be open to speaking with diverse groups of people 
  • Have an interest in developing educational initiatives
  • Work effectively independently or as a part of a team
  • Contribute creativity and new ideas to enhance existing programs 
  • Be able to problem solve in unanticipated situations

Potential internship responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Facilitating quality educational events (virtual and/or in-person)
  • Developing middle school and high school lesson plans
  • Writing monthly education newsletters and/or blogs 
  • Creating social media content on a variety of topics
  • Explore education outreach opportunities for WDC
  • Research new education software to be utilized
  • Road-mapping new educational initiatives

Important Notes Regarding COVID-19:

As a condition of employment, internship candidates must be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 (unless the employee qualifies for exception under applicable law relating to disability or sincerely held religious belief).

Some of the goals outlined above are subject to change if deemed unsafe due to COVID-19 related impacts - in particular, the ability to carry out public outreach events and in-person networking opportunities. 

Applicants who are offered an in-person internship experience must adhere to all state, federal, and WDC COVID-19 protocols throughout the duration of the internship.

The deadline to apply is February 7th, 2022

WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, is the leading international charity dedicated solely to the worldwide conservation and welfare of all whales, dolphins, and porpoises. WDC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin.

Please review our Privacy Notice for information on how we collect and store your secure information.

CONSERVATION OUTREACH INTERNSHIP (TEMPORARY, FULL-TIME, PAID)

The deadline to apply is February 7th, 2022

INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTION:

Whale and Dolphin Conservation’s North American office is excited to offer a 12-week Conservation Outreach Internship to entry-level candidates interested in marine conservation. This opportunity will provide interns with transferable job skills and insight to the inner workings of a non-profit focused on the conservation of marine mammals. 

This position is best suited for those who may not yet have practical experience in this field. Applicants should be eager to dive into new experiences and enjoy having a variety of tasks to work on. The primary responsibilities of this role focus on the implementation of WDC’s boater outreach programs (See A Spout, Whale SENSE, Sharing the Seas) Interns will build a strong set of skills working on components of these programs related to public outreach, including social media strategies, highlighting best practices, and communicating with stakeholders and project partners, while helping to track program budgets and fund allocations. Occasional opportunities to see whales at sea may also be possible, though no part of this position requires being in the water. 

Upon completion of the internship, candidates will gain experience in: 

  • Effective communication with a variety of audiences
  • Project and resource management
  • Day-to-day operations of a non-profit
  • How to engage with stakeholders
  • Program implementation and monitoring
  • Using a variety of platforms for outreach, including Canva, WordPress, and Facebook

LOGISTICS:

We have one open position in 2022 for this temporary, full-time internship, which is available as early as May. We will consider both in-person and remote candidates to fill this role, which is a desk-based position. Regardless of whether in-person or remote, candidates must be able to demonstrate that they are legally eligible to work in the U.S. by the proposed starting date. If the internship will be in-person, successful candidates will need to make their own arrangements, as needed, for housing and transportation to and from the WDC office in Plymouth, MA, USA. Remote interns will need access to a computer and reliable internet access for the duration of the internship, and be available to work the majority of the time between the hours of 9am-5pm EDT. 

Successful candidates are expected to work 40 hours a week for the 12 week period of the program; they will be compensated at a rate of $15/hour and a sum not to exceed $7,200 over the course of the 12 weeks. 

Applicants must be 18 years or older and fluent in English. WDC will assist interested students in obtaining credits for the program through their college or university. 

Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. Whale and Dolphin Conservation embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We recognize that the field of marine mammal research and conservation lacks diversity, including within our own organization. WDC is dedicated to creating inclusive opportunities which represent diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.  

The deadline to apply is February 7th, 2022.

Candidates in this internship will:

  • Have effective verbal and/or written communications skills
  • Be open to speaking with diverse groups of people 
  • Have an interest in outreach initiatives
  • Act effectively as a member of a close-knit team
  • Have an attention to detail
  • Contribute creativity and new ideas to enhance existing programs 
  • Be able to problem solve in unanticipated situations

Potential internship responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Participation in outreach events (virtual and/or in-person)
  • Writing blogs and managing program websites
  • Creating social media content
  • Informational video content creation
  • Researching and exploring potential outreach partnership opportunities
  • Relationship building with program participants

Important Notes Regarding COVID-19:

As a condition of employment, internship candidates must be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 (unless the employee qualifies for exception under applicable law relating to disability or sincerely held religious belief).

Some of the goals outlined above are subject to change if deemed unsafe due to COVID-19 related impacts - in particular, the ability to carry out public outreach events and in-person networking opportunities. 

Applicants who are offered an in-person internship experience must adhere to all state, federal, and WDC COVID-19 protocols throughout the duration of the internship.

The deadline to apply is February 7th, 2022

WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, is the leading international charity dedicated solely to the worldwide conservation and welfare of all whales, dolphins, and porpoises. WDC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin.

Please review our Privacy Notice for information on how we collect and store your secure information.

MARINE ANIMAL RESCUE AND RESPONSE INTERNSHIP (TEMPORARY, FULL-TIME, PAID)

The deadline to apply is February 7th, 2022

INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTION:

Whale and Dolphin Conservation’s (WDC) North American office is excited to offer a 12-week Marine Animal Rescue and Response Internship to entry-level candidates interested in marine mammal stranding response and community outreach. This opportunity will provide interns with transferable job skills and insight to the inner workings of a non-profit focused on the conservation of marine mammals. 

WDC is the newest member of NOAA’s Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program, joining the Greater Atlantic Region in 2021. WDC’s Marine Animal Rescue and Response Program (MARR) is responsible for responding to stranded marine mammals along 100 miles of Massachusetts coastline. This position is best suited for those who may not yet have practical experience in this field. Applicants should be eager to dive into new experiences and be able to problem solve independently. Interns will learn the skills needed to respond to pinnipeds (seals) and cetaceans (whales, porpoises, and dolphins) native to Massachusetts. However, stranding events are unpredictable and hands-on experience and species encountered will vary by internship session. Occasional opportunities to observe whales at sea may also be possible during the internship.

Upon completion of the internship, candidates will gain experience in: 

  • Hands-on skills necessary for marine mammal rescue and response
  • Standard data collection and data input (Level A and human interaction evaluations)
  • Managing supply inventory and ordering materials
  • Volunteer management and training 
  • Covering an emergency hotline
  • Creating outreach materials and engaging with the general public through community outreach and stranding events
  • Using a variety of digital platforms including Canva, WordPress, Salesforce, and Filemaker

LOGISTICS:

We have three open positions in 2022 for this temporary, full-time internship. Successful candidates are expected to work 40 hours per week for one of the 12-week internship sessions (see below for dates). The schedule will include weekend and holiday coverage, and interns will share after-hours hotline responsibilities with staff once adequately trained.

Spring session: early March – late May

Summer session: late May – mid-August

Candidates must be able to demonstrate that they are legally eligible to work in the U.S. by the proposed starting date. Successful candidates will need to make their own arrangements for housing and transportation to and from the WDC office in Plymouth, MA, USA. Candidates will be compensated at a rate of $15/hour and a sum not to exceed $7,200 over the course of the 12 weeks. 

Applicants must be 18 years or older and fluent in English. Applicants must also have a valid driver’s license as well as valid health insurance throughout the internship session. WDC will assist interested students in obtaining credits for the program through their college or university. 

Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. Whale and Dolphin Conservation embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We recognize that the field of marine mammal research and conservation lacks diversity, including within our own organization. WDC is dedicated to creating inclusive opportunities which represent diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.  

The deadline to apply is February 7th, 2022.

Candidates in this internship will:

  • Possess a valid driver’s license and be comfortable driving a pick-up truck
  • Be physically fit, able to lift up to 50 lbs and walk up to 5 miles on the beach in adverse weather conditions
  • Be able to swim; while there is no intended in-water work, interns will be working around water such as on beaches, boats, or docks, etc. 
  • Have effective verbal and/or written communications skills
  • Be open to speaking with diverse groups of people 
  • Have an interest in outreach initiatives
  • Act effectively as a member of a close-knit team
  • Have an attention to detail
  • Be able to problem solve in unanticipated situations
  • Be free of (or able to manage) medical issues aggravated by exposure to animals including hair, fur and bodily fluids

Potential internship responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Responding to stranded live and dead marine mammals in the field, including assisting with health assessments. 
  • Participating in post-mortem examinations, including cutting and sampling, data collection, photography, carcass removal, and cleaning. 
  • Entering data associated with stranding events into an internal database.
  • Ensuring response preparedness by inventorying and restocking equipment, cleaning gear, fueling vehicles, etc.
  • Training volunteers on stranding protocols.
  • Creating outreach materials and participating in community outreach events (virtual and/or in-person)
  • Writing blogs, managing program websites, and creating social media content
  • Coordinating stranding events with partnering agencies and organizations

Important Notes Regarding COVID-19:

As a condition of employment, internship candidates must be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 (unless the employee qualifies for exception under applicable law relating to disability or sincerely held religious belief).

Some of the goals outlined above are subject to change if deemed unsafe due to COVID-19 related impacts - in particular, the ability to carry out public outreach events and in-person networking opportunities. 

Applicants who are offered an in-person internship experience must adhere to all state, federal, and WDC COVID-19 protocols throughout the duration of the internship.

The deadline to apply is February 7th, 2022

WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, is the leading international charity dedicated solely to the worldwide conservation and welfare of all whales, dolphins, and porpoises. WDC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin.

Please review our Privacy Notice for information on how we collect and store your secure information.