2022 Marine Mammal Veterinary Preceptorship

Applications are now closed for the 2022 Marine Mammal Veterinary Preceptorship.

Marine Mammals of Maine (MMoME) is now accepting applications through February 3, 2022, for marine mammal veterinary preceptorship positions. The preceptorship begins on May 16, 2022 and extends through August 15, 2022. MMoME is a non-profit organization federally authorized to respond to live and dead marine mammals and sea turtles between Kittery and Rockland, Maine, covering some of the busiest seal stranding activity on the East Coast. MMoME also operates a unique triage and rehabilitation center which provides critical care to sick and injured pinnipeds. Additionally, our mission heavily encompasses marine mammal research and education.

We are seeking actively enrolled veterinary students to assist with the upcoming 2022 harbor seal pup season. Preceptors, interns, and volunteers are critical in fulfilling our mission and are given the unique opportunity to participate in a variety of activities. On a day-to-day basis, preceptors work under the supervision and direction of MMoME staff and join our marine mammal veterinarian for regular patient rounds and a mentored project. Additionally, preceptors work daily alongside non-veterinary interns as a team leader to accomplish our broad scope of work during our busiest time of year. Preceptors will learn marine mammal field health assessment, handling, basic husbandry and clinical care of pinnipeds, as well as data collection, necropsy, and sampling of deceased marine mammals. The preceptorship is based out of Midcoast Maine (town of Brunswick), though travel throughout our response region and New England will be necessary. Preceptors will be required to dedicate a minimum of 50 hours per week (minimum of 4 days/week), and will include holidays, weekends, late nights, early mornings, and overnight care for critical patients as needed. This opportunity is unpaid, though seasonal job opportunities are available in the area. Housing is not provided but staff can assist with sourcing options.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

Shared Among Preceptors and Non-Veterinary Interns

Stranding Response

Respond to live and dead cetacean, pinniped and sea turtle strandings to collect Level A data, perform health assessments, and monitor, relocate, and collect for humane euthanasia or rehabilitation. Carcass collection for disposal or necropsy will also be required.

In-House Patient Care

Assist with all aspects relating to the care of sick, injured and abandoned pinnipeds (primarily harbor seal pups) undergoing short, or long-term care at MMoME’s center. Tasks include primarily cleaning, but also meal prep, tube-feeding, assisting with medical procedures, animal restraint for exams, running lab samples, medical record maintenance, and transport to other long-term care facilities.


Transport carcasses to necropsy and compost sites, assist staff with necropsy of fresh dead pinnipeds and cetaceans, archive necropsy samples, and maintain and clean necropsy equipment.

Education and Outreach

Give presentations to the public about the organization, attend outreach events, and help create educational materials.

Other Tasks

Additional time will be spent on data entry, fundraising, extensive cleaning, and other tasks as needed.

Preceptor-Specific Tasks and Responsibilities

Preceptorship Requirements

How to Apply

Please send a letter of interest which addresses the following questions: why you would like to be considered for this internship, how you meet the requirements, what your expectations are, what you think MMoME’s expectations are, what you hope to gain from this opportunity, and the start and end dates you can commit to. Your application must also include a resume, one professional letter of recommendation, a copy of your current transcript, and proof of rabies vaccination or current titer.

Completed applications must be sent to info@mmome.org by 11:59 PM EST on February 3, 2022. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

We look forward to your application for this exciting experience!

At this time, Marine Mammals of Maine's internship and veterinary preceptorship opportunities are limited to the summer months. Our organization does not currently offer fall, winter, or spring internships or preceptorships.