[MARMAM] Senior biologists needed for NEAq stranding program

Connie Merigo cmerigo at neaq.org
Fri Jul 2 12:49:51 PDT 2010


The New England Aquarium Rescue and Rehabilitation Department is seeking two
senior level biologists to work in our Rescue and Rehabilitation Department.
These are unique full time positions, which include benefits.  Please see
the attached job postings and reply accordingly if interested.  Interested
applicants should apply prior to July 31.

FIRST POSITION:
 
Date:			July 1, 2010
Title:			Senior Biologist/Clinical Technician
Department:		Rescue & Rehabilitation 
Reports To:		Manager, Rescue & Rehabilitation 
Available:		Immediately 
Position Location:	New England Aquarium Rescue Center, Quincy, Massachusetts
Hours: 		        Full Time salary position, including some hotline coverage and one weekend day 

Description: 
The New England Aquarium (NEAq) is a non-profit organization that responds to stranded whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea turtles.  NEAq maintains a rehabilitation hospital in Quincy, Massachusetts as well as a satellite facility in Duxbury Massachusetts. The Aquarium’s mission is to provide rapid response and humane care to stranded marine mammals and sea turtles and to conduct research and education, ultimately with the intention of releasing rehabilitated animals back to the wild.   The Aquarium’s Rescue program is one of the oldest in the country, and responds to approximately 500 reports of stranded marine mammals and sea turtles annually.
Duties:
•	Provide husbandry and care for animals collected through the NEAq Rescue Program.
•	Administer medical therapy as prescribed by veterinarian.
•	Respond to stranding calls as appropriate, educate the public through "Hotline" coverage and provides "on-call" support as necessary.
•	Coordinate stranding response and special projects.
•	Supervise, organize, manage, and train volunteer staff.
•	Maintain records and databases. 
•	Assist in proper care and maintenance of equipment in the Rescue Center including scheduled maintenance of equipment.
•	Assist with and perform health assessments and medical procedures on stranded and rehabilitated animals, including restraint and immobilization.
•	Prepare bi-monthly reports to the National Marine Fisheries Service.
•	Interact with other Network agencies and federal, state, and local authorities.
•	Assist with and/or perform post mortem exams including field necropsy of marine mammals and sea turtles.  
•	In conjunction with the Manager, assist in grant writing and fundraising and participate in research and public outreach programs.  Present stranding data at professional meetings. 

Qualifications: 
Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in Biology, Marine Science or related field. Minimum 3 years experience in marine mammal stranding management, species identification or other related stranded activities.  Minimum 2 years of animal care and husbandry for marine mammals and/or sea turtles.  Understanding of veterinary technology, photography, necropsy, and database management (telemetry a plus).  A driver’s license valid in the state of Massachusetts is required.  Working knowledge of marine mammals and significant experience with field techniques.  Clinical experience with marine mammals and/or sea turtles.  Hands-on experience with stranded cetaceans, pinnipeds and/or sea turtles.  Strong written and verbal communication skills.  Strong leadership skills in routine and emergency situations.  Strong organizational and time management skills.  Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access software.  Previous exposure to aquariums, or animal care.  A working understanding of life support systems and equipment, working knowledge of diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and working knowledge of necropsy equipment and sampling protocols.  Familiarity with techniques for handling chemical and biological samples, including waste disposal.
  

Typical Physical Demands:
Engage in fairly vigorous physical activity daily (i.e. performing husbandry duties).  Energy and stamina level must be appropriate for the position.  Overall must be in good physical condition and be able to lift 50 pounds.  Must be able to work in extreme weather conditions and able to work long hours, sometimes overnight.

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.NEAQ.ORG
TO APPLY ONLINE

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER



SECOND POSITION: 

 
Date:			July 1, 2010
Title:			Senior Necropsy Biologist
Department:		Rescue & Rehabilitation 
Reports To:		Manager, Rescue & Rehabilitation 
Available:		Immediately 
Position Location:	New England Aquarium Rescue Center, Quincy, Massachusetts
Hours: 		Full Time salary position, including some hotline coverage and one weekend day     

Description: The New England Aquarium (NEAq) is a non-profit, global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation; one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston, with over 1.3 million visitors a year; and a major public education resource. The Aquarium maintains a rehabilitation hospital in Quincy, MA as well as a satellite facility in Duxbury, MA. Established in 1968, our Marine Animal Rescue Team responds to approximately 500 reports of stranded whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea turtles annually and are involved in necropsy and tissue sampling, rehabilitation and post-release monitoring, and research on ocean health.

Duties:
•	Conduct detailed dissections on marine mammals, including large whales and sea turtles in the lab and in the field while tracking and recording all specimens and samples.
•	Maintain equipment in the necropsy lab and all necropsy field kits.
•	Maintain records and databases.  Prepare detailed necropsy reports.
•	Conduct proper techniques for handling chemical and biological samples, including waste disposal. Ship samples to various labs or collaborating researchers 
•	Publish necropsy related findings in peer-reviewed journals.
•	Coordinate necropsy, stranding response and special projects.
•	Provide husbandry and care for animals collected through the NEAq Rescue Program.
•	Administer medical therapy as prescribed by veterinarian.
•	Respond to stranding calls as appropriate, educate the public through "Hotline" coverage and provides "on-call" support as necessary.
•	Supervise, organize, manage, and train volunteer staff.
•	Assist with and perform health assessments and medical procedures on stranded and rehabilitated animals, including restraint and immobilization.
•	Assist with bi-monthly reports to the National Marine Fisheries Service.
•	Interact with other network agencies and federal, state, and local authorities.
•	In conjunction with the Manager, assist in grant writing and fundraising and participate in research and public outreach programs.   Present stranding data at professional meetings.

Qualifications: 
Master’s level graduate degreed is preferred. Minimum 5 years experience in related field, some experience may be substituted for degree.  Minimum 1 year of animal care and husbandry for marine mammals and/or sea turtles.  Understanding of veterinary technology, general photography, and database management (telemetry a plus).  A driver’s license valid in the state of Massachusetts is required.  Excellent anatomy and dissection skills for marine mammals and sea turtles.  Expert knowledge of necropsy equipment and sampling protocols.  Knowledge of marine mammals and extensive experience with field techniques.  Clinical experience with marine mammals and or sea turtles.  Hands-on experience with stranded cetaceans, pinnipeds and/or sea turtles.  Strong written and verbal communication skills.  Strong leadership skills in routine and emergency situations.  Strong organizational and time management skills.  Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access software.  Previous exposure to aquariums or animal care.  A working understanding of life support systems and equipment as well as knowledge of diagnostic and therapeutic techniques.  

Typical Physical Demands:
Engage in fairly vigorous physical activity daily (i.e. performing husbandry duties).  Energy and stamina level must be appropriate for the position.  Overall must be in good physical condition and be able to lift 50 pounds.  Must be able to work in extreme weather conditions and able to work long hours, sometimes overnight.

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.NEAQ.ORG
TO APPLY ONLINE

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER



Thank you,

Connie

Connie Merigo
Rescue Department Manager/ Senior Biologist
New England Aquarium
Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110




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