[MARMAM] Position announcement

Katie Touhey kt2e at capecodstranding.net
Tue Nov 8 12:57:19 PST 2005

The Cape Cod Stranding Network, Inc. (CCSN), a non-profit organization
dedicated to marine mammal stranding response, is searching for a
full-time Necropsy Coordinator/Technician. This position is a one year
contract with the potential for renewal dependent on funding.
Position Title:  Necropsy Coordinator/Technician, Cape Cod Stranding
Network, Inc.
Opening Date: 5 November 2005
Closing Date:  Open until filled
Position Location: Buzzards Bay, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Duties and Responsibilities:
This is a contract position, funded through a grant to the Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institution.  The Necropsy Coordinator reports jointly to
the CCSN Director and the WHOI investigator, and serves as the lead in
the necropsy of dead and euthanized marine mammals (cetaceans and
pinnipeds).  Duties include, but are not limited to the following: Clean
and organize necropsy lab and associated space.  Order supplies and
maintain inventory.  Organize necropsies, including scheduling of
volunteers, preparation, necropsy, clean up and report writing.
Disseminate samples to researchers and laboratories.  Track samples and
maintain chain of custody on specific samples.  Ensure compliance with
all regulations including CITES.  Prepare for and conduct field
necropsies as necessary.  Organize and oversee mass stranding and large
whale necropsy response.  Maintain sample inventory.  Enter necropsy and
sample tracking data in to databases.  Coordinate use of shared lab
space with other organizations.  Process researcher requests for samples
and data.  Promote collaborative and cooperative efforts with academic
and government researchers.  Coordinate necropsy waste disposal.
Conduct volunteer training session in Level A data collection and
necropsy techniques.  Assist volunteers with Level A data collection.
Review and analyze data and draft reports as requested by supervisors.
Assist other staff with stranding response duties as necessary.  Other
responsibilities as assigned.

In conjunction with other staff members, the Necropsy Coordinator will
provide emergency hotline coverage, response to stranded animals, and
participate in research and public outreach programs.

Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree in biology, marine science, or
related field experience
Experience in marine mammal species identification, necropsy, sampling
methods, photography /videography, and lab safety required.
Strong familiarity with data entry and database management (especially
MS ACCESS) a must.
Public speaking, outreach or education experience a plus
A valid driver's license required
Ability to walk on rough terrain during inclement weather, swim, and
lift moderate weights (50#)
Experience in live animal care a plus

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Working knowledge of marine mammal biology and necropsy techniques 
Hands-on experience with stranded cetaceans and pinnipeds 
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Working knowledge of Microsoft WORD, EXCEL, POWERPOINT, and ACCESS
Familiarity with the Cape Cod region is a plus

The Cape Cod Stranding Network, Inc. affirms its commitment to equal
employment opportunity for all persons, regardless of race, religion,
color, sex, marital status, age, national origin and disability.

Submit resume and cover letter to:
     Katie Touhey, Director
     The Cape Cod Stranding Network, Inc.
     P.O. Box 287
     Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
     Kt2e at capecodstranding.net
(Electronic submission in PDF or MS WORD format preferred)

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