[MARMAM] Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program-Live stranded animal care technician

Susan Barco ocrab at rcn.com
Tue Apr 1 11:32:10 PDT 2014



The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach, VA USA  is seeking candidates for a full-time (40hrs per week with benefits) position of Live Stranded Animal Care Technician with our Stranding Response Program. The Aquarium team responds to marine mammals and sea turtles. The Virginia  Aquarium & Marine Science Center operates under a public/private partnership between the City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Fo undation, Inc. Employees of the Aquarium are considered City of Virginia Beach employees. 
  
Description:  This position works in conjunction with Aquarium veterinary staff and is responsible for coordinating the emergency response to, and daily care and treatment of, stranded marine mammals and sea turtles. The Aquarium rehabilitates seals and sea turtles and can hold small cetaceans that are good candidates for rehabili tation for short term triage if another facility has rehab space.  These activities involve creation and implementation of animal care plans involving medical, nutritional and behavioral requirements. Manages medical supply inventories including controlled drugs and coordinates field response to live strandings , as well as animal releases and euthanasia cases. Serves as a primary liaison with veterinarians and appropriate federal agencies regarding live animal activities. In addition, assists the Stranding Response Coordinator and Research Coordinator with scheduling, training and supervision of part-time staff involved in the daily activities of the Stranding Response Program and participates in all research activities involving live animals. Participates in daily planning with Stranding Coordinator by directing live animal activities and coordinating staff and volunteer needs for those activities. 
  
  
Description:  This position works in conjunction with Aquarium veterinary staff and is responsible for coordinating the emergency response to, and daily care and treatment of, stranded marine mammals and sea turtles. The Aquarium rehabilitates seals and sea turtles and can hold small cetaceans that are good candidates for rehabili tation for short term triage if another facility has rehab space.  These activities involve creation and implementation of animal care plans involving medical, nutritional and behavioral requirements. Manages medical supply inventories including controlled drugs and coordinates field response to live strandings , as well as animal releases and euthanasia cases. Serves as a primary liaison with veterinarians and appropriate federal agencies regarding live animal activities. In addition, assists the Stranding Response Coordinator and Research Coordinator with scheduling, training and supervision of part-time staff involved in the daily activities of the Stranding Response Program and participates in all research activities involving live animals. Participates in daily planning with Stranding Coordinator by directing live animal activities and coordinating staff and volunteer needs for those activities. 
  
Preferences:  Licensed/c ertified Veterinary Technician. Bachelor's degree in marine science, biology, zoology, veterinary science or related field. Three or more years' experience with veterinary care of sea turtles and/or marine mammals. Direct experience with euthanasia of animals, preferably in field conditions. Computer software experience with MS Office programs. Good verbal and written communications skills. Experience in an emergency veterinary practice. Familiarity with the Virginia coastal region. Experience teaching or training others. Experience working with volunteers. Data entry and database management experience (preferably MS Access). 4WD and beach driving experience. 
  
Minimum Requirements:  Any combination of education (above the high school level) and/or experience equivalent to four (4) years providing treatment for wounded wildlife in a veterinary clinic, shelter, or rehab facility; or 
in fields such as wildlife stranding and rescue, marine science, biological sciences, zoology, or other related field that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Must have, or obtain, a current and valid Virginia or North Carolina driver's license in accordance with Virginia or North Carolina DMV driver's license eligibility requirements. 
Physically able to swim, hike up to 5 miles in all weather, lift 50 lbs, carry 30 lbs. Ability to work a flexible schedule (some nights, holidays and weekends required) 
in fields such as wildlife stranding and rescue, marine science, biological sciences, zoology, or other related field that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Must have, or obtain, a current and valid Virginia or North Carolina driver's license in accordance with Virginia or North Carolina DMV driver's license eligibility requirements. 
Physically able to swim, hike up to 5 miles in all weather, lift 50 lbs, carry 30 lbs. Ability to work a flexible schedule (some nights, holidays and weekends required) 
  
For more information about the position and to apply, please visit the City of Virginia Beach's website at 

https://www.vbcareers4gov.com 
  
You can learn more about the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and the Stranding Response Program at 
www.virginiaaquarium.com 
 
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