This position will assist in the coordination of salvage and recovery efforts of marine mammal carcasses for the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) East Central Field Laboratory. The incumbent will serve as member of FWC’s manatee necropsy team conducting field and laboratory necropsies on manatee and other marine mammal carcasses, record observations and complete associated necropsy reports. This position will recover marine mammal carcasses for necropsy from the East Central region (coastal and inland waterways of southern Volusia County through Indian River County) of Florida and assist in manatee rescue and transport operations in the East Central region as well as assist with manatee rescue and capture operations away from designated area as needed. This position will be responsible for preparation and labeling of sample containers, carcass disposal, and cleaning of equipment and instruments. This position will be responsible for managing the East Central region’s intern and volunteer network which includes identifying candidates, interviewing, tracking their effort and training when needed. This position will be responsible for deployment, retrieval, maintenance and data collection of temperature probes throughout the winter months. This position will be responsible for assisting with other East Central regions projects such as photo identification and assisting with basic maintenance of vehicles, trailers and vessels as well purchasing needs and other tasks as assigned by supervisor. This position will assist with aerial surveys for manatees as needed. This position will have an assigned work schedule of Tuesday to Saturday (8:00 am-5:00 pm) and will be asked to respond to marine mammal emergencies and carcasses outside of normal work schedule as needed or assigned. This position will serve in a rotation with other East Central staff members for the purpose of covering the East Central Region during state holidays.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of the Florida Manatee Recovery Plan and state and federal legislation protecting manatees
Knowledge of methods of data collection and principles and techniques of research and analysis
Knowledge of marine mammal anatomy and necropsy techniques
Knowledge of digital SLR cameras, filters, and lenses
Knowledge of marine mammal capture, handling, and transport techniques
Able to trailer flatbeds/utility trailers and watercraft vessels
Able to safely operate watercraft vessels 26’ in length and smaller
Be capable of daily manual labor requiring handling of heavy and sharp objects and working under unpleasant conditions
Must be physically fit, able to vertically lift at least 75 lbs, and be able to swim sufficiently to save oneself
Able to conduct fieldwork in all weather conditions
Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships
Be comfortable speaking to the public
Possess or be able to obtain and maintain a Florida driver’s license within a month of employment
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences. Experience with dissection, pathology, or animal necropsies and data management.
**Preference may be given to candidates who have experience with dissection, pathology, or animal necropsies and data management; having live and dead marine mammal stranding/necropsy experience; having photo-id collection experience in the field; or experience working alongside volunteers/interns.