Marine Mammals Management
Alaska Region


Work with Us


Volunteer opportunities, student internships (unpaid), and graduate projects (unfunded) may be available with our sea otter, Pacific walrus, polar bear, and Regulatory programs in the Marine Mammals Management division of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Anchorage, Alaska. Come work with us and learn what it is like to have a career in the Federal Government as a wildlife biologist.

Wanted: People interested in working on conservation and management efforts with our sea otters, polar bear, and Pacific walrus biologists in the Marine Mammals Management Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) who possess the ability to be self-motivated.

Duties for volunteers and interns: Most volunteer/intern opportunities are office/laboratory based in Anchorage. There is also a limited possibility for field work.  Volunteers/interns may assist our marine mammal management efforts for sea otters Pacific walruses, and polar bears, through a range of possibilities from helping to review data files and enter them into databases, to assisting staff and veterinarians conduct necropsies and tissue subsampling on animals collected through stranding events. Volunteers /interns will also maintain / update a variety of databases (e.g. stranding database) as necessary. Volunteers /interns may sort, organize, and ship samples out to facilities for further testing. Interns/volunteers can participate in Service staff meetings and learn about a career in biology with the federal government. For more information on what working with us may entail please contact us via email at

Requirements: The volunteers/interns must be self-motivated, organized, pay close attention to detail, and able to work independently. Although these are unpaid positions we expect a full commitment as if this were a career position. Once familiar with the duties, a student may develop an independent research project to be carried out while working as an intern. If the project is for credit with a university, the project will be developed jointly with university and Service staff, and result in a final paper / report at the end of the semester.

Graduate students
We have potential projects that could be suitable for Masters and PhD students, both laboratory and field based. We continually work with numerous graduate students on a variety of projects from sea otter physiology to foraging to polar bear denning selection. However, we have no funding for studies and collaborate with institutions to obtain sources of money for graduate work. All students have to find their own funding and professor to work with however Service staff do have on-going collaborations with universities that may aid in finding a good fit between prospective students and professors.

Salary: These are all unpaid positions.  Days and hours to be worked can be negotiated.

Start Dates: Opportunities may be available at any time

Contact: Please send an email inquiry with the subject “Volunteer/Intern Opportunity” to:


Last updated: August 2017