Contact Us

To contact us, please send an e-mail to Orca Behavior Institute Director Monika Wieland Shields at

Mailing address:
Orca Behavior Institute
573 Westcott Drive
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Internship Inquiries

While you may send inquiries about our volunteer field research internship program at any time, we officially accept applications from 1 June to 30 September of each year. Please include a cover letter introducing yourself and your research interests as well as a current CV to the e-mail address listed above. While we consider applicants of all age levels and abilities, priority is generally given to students enrolled for studies in a related field at the undergraduate or graduate level. Decisions for the following field season will be made in December. Unfortunately we are not able to provide any paid positions at this time.

Feel free to send inquiries for our volunteer field research internship positions at any time of the year (we will confirm receipt and keep them on file), but note that we begin to seriously discuss applicants in September/October with the goal of making decisions for the following field season by the end of December. Please send a cover letter and CV to the above e-mail address to be considered.