Stranding Technician-Mississippi

Institute for Marine Mammal Studies
Gulfport, MS
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Full time Positions
depending on experience
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Required Documents: A cover letter demonstrating qualifications and reason behind interest in the position, resume or CV, and contact information (email and phone number) for three current professional references. The position will be in the stranding/ veterinary department at IMMS. This position will be primarily tasked with stranding response to live and dead marine mammals and sea turtles. Duties associated with strandings will including carcass recovery, rescue, rehabilitation, data entry, database management, laboratory diagnostics, and general animal husbandry (feeding and cleaning quarters). Job task preformed will vary from day to day, but will include animal care, record keeping, providing laboratory support, necropsies (in field or lab), and the hire will be trained in basic laboratory tasks as needed. This position will work extensively with and oversee interns and volunteers. This position also includes participation in research work done at the facility. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: • Respond to live and dead stranded of marine mammals and sea turtles • Answer hotline calls from the public regarding stranded sea turtles and marine mammals; organize response • Medical assessment and intake of animals into rehabilitation (radiograph, bloodwork, treatment, etc.) • Field and laboratory necropsy of deceased animals • Assist with data collection and entry, such as maintaining medical records and stranding data in databases. • Maintain rehabilitation facility through regular maintenance and cleaning activities • Work with and assign tasks to interns and volunteers to ensure care for rehabilitation and timely response to mammal and turtle strandings • Communicates in courteous, professional manner with volunteers, staff, interns, collaborators and the public. • Assist in diagnostic, medical, and surgical procedures • Diet preparation and feeding of animals in rehabilitation • Administer daily medical treatments with guidance from the Staff Veterinarian • Collect specimens and perform laboratory procedures • Assist with research projects and associated publications • Must have excellent oral and interpersonal communication skills • Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, holidays, and evenings • Applicants must be able to maintain a positive attitude and work independently or as part of a team. • Willingness to participate in scientific studies and clinical projects • Other duties as assigned
The successful candidate should have the following qualifications: • Experience working at a veterinary hospital, wildlife or aquatic animal facility • Experience with care and handling of aquatic, zoo and/or non-domestic species • Experience with marine mammal and sea turtles is preferred, but not required • Experience in gross pathology and necropsy procedures • Good ability to organize, manage time and set priorities while meeting deadlines • Effective problem analysis and resolution skills and the ability to be flexible and shift priorities to meet needs • Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism, integrity and confidentiality • Superior verbal and written communication skills • Ability to work under pressure in emergency situations • Valid driver’s license • Demonstrated experience using established data collection protocols, and data management • This position requires several hours of outdoor work and requires staff to be physically fit and able to lift 50 lbs • This position requires participation in our 24 hour stranding hotline causing staff to be “on call” • Work evenings/weekends as needed Qualifications: • Degree in Biological science or similar field • Experience conducting field work • In good physical condition with the ability to work outdoors under adverse conditions (hot, sunny, high humidity, rain, etc.) • Strong communication skills and enjoys interacting with the public • Ability to learn complex tasks quickly and manage high stress work environment • Attention to detail and strong problem solving abilities • Ability to work independently and in a group • Must possess a valid driver’s license • Must be a citizen of the United States • Basic computer skills and data entry Additional preferred skills: • Prior experience with data entry and verification • Experience providing training to volunteers and/or staff • Boat operation; trailering, launching, and driving center console or tiller watercraft Physical working conditions: • Must be able to work in adverse weather conditions, on uneven terrain for extended periods of time • Must be able to lift 50 pounds • Must be able to work nights and weekend Please send a cover letter, resume or CV, and contact information for three current professional references to
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