Seasonal Marine Program Assistant                                                                       

Job Title:                     Marine Program Assistant

Division:                      Marine Mammal

Reports To:                 Marine Program Manager

FLSA Status:                Seasonal

Prepared Date:           November 2017

Summary:  This is a seasonal, hourly, full time position (40 hours/week).  The Marine Program Assistant (MPA) is an experienced marine mammal rehabilitative care provider, who works under the supervision of the Marine Program Manager, Stranding Coordinator, and often times without supervision.  This position is from January through June 2018.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):

  • Perform all duties of a marine mammal rehabilitator including, but not limited to: large animal restraint, patient intakes, oversee and perform general husbandry tasks of marine mammal patients, administer medication and fluid therapies, gavage feeding of seals and sea lions, assist with patient releases, maintain all rehabilitation equipment and enclosures.
  • CWC marine mammal program support.
  • Marine animal response, rescue and transport.
  • Volunteer and intern training and leadership.
  • Works with Stranding Coordinator to assess stranded marine mammal as soon as possible.
  • Utilize a tracking system for animals placed on 24-hour watch.
  • Transport of stranded marine mammals to the appropriate rehabilitation facility.
  • Manages maintenance of assigned equipment.
  • Establishes and maintains good rapport with representatives of various public agencies and ensures compliance with all applicable regulations.
  • Assists in the response and collection of dead-stranded marine mammals.
  • Perform the occasional rescue of injured wildlife (mostly birds) in the surrounding areas.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Responsible for closely supervising up to 4 volunteers/interns per shift, ensuring that all safety guidelines are followed while performing rescues, completing husbandry tasks, and providing care for all patients. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • BA/BS or higher degree (preference given to marine biology fields of study).
  • Excellent public relations skills.
  • Commitment to professionalism.

Required Experience:

Two years’ direct experience in marine mammal rehabilitation and husbandry.

Job Requirements:

Must have a Valid Driver’s License.

  • Must have a valid driver’s licence clean driving record and be comfortable driving a 12-person van (Ford Transit VN) and a Ford F-150 extended cab pickup truck.
  • Must be able to work cooperatively with co-workers, volunteers, interns and the general public.
  • Physical demands: must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds. Work is done which requires lifting, bending, stooping, pushing and other moderately strenuous activities.
  • Must be able to work quickly, efficiently and calmly under stressful conditions.
  • Must be able to handle multiple responsibilities.
  • Must possess good verbal and written communication skills.

Language Skills:

Ability to read, interpret and disseminate documents such as: safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedures manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of beach patrons or employees of the organization.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Valid Driver’s License.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Must be able to lift minimum of 50 pounds.  Work is done which requires heavy lifting, bending stooping, pushing and other strenuous activities.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk on uneven surfaces, climb up stairs and rocks and sit in a vehicle. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is routinely exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals; routine exposure to zoonotic diseases, aggressive and feral animals; routinely exposed to mechanical moving parts; and outside weather conditions.

Send cover letter and resume to Michael Remski.  No calls please.