[MARMAM] Job Opening: University of Florida Stranding Biologist

Dailey,Rachael E rachael.dailey at ufl.edu
Thu Aug 18 07:33:56 PDT 2016

The UF Aquatic Animal Health and Stranding program is seeking a Marine Mammal Stranding Biologist for full time coverage of stranding calls and responses in Levy, Taylor, and Dixie counties. Stranding Biologist will be stationed primarily in Cedar Key, FL at the UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station and supported by faculty and staff at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine (UF CVM).
To apply: Please go to http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/498488/ops-stranding-biologist by August 30th 2016.
Stranding biologist will be responsible for the following:
·         Coordinate stranding response and reports of cetaceans and manatees within the designated response area
·         Organize and oversee the daily operations of the stranding program including, but not limited to monitoring and response to stranding calls
·         Collect data and complete required documentations (e.g. 24-hour report, Level A Data) for all stranded animals and complete required reporting to databases including NMFS Marine Mammal National Database
·         Coordinate and conduct or assist veterinarian in necropsies both in the field and at UF CVM, including coordinating the disposal of carcasses and waste materials
·         Maintain inventory database for all samples and marine mammal parts in conjunction with UF CVM staff and proper NMFS permitting regulations
·         Maintain equipment, vehicle, and vessel as well as required logs for vehicle usage
·         Develop and maintain a volunteer and public outreach network to report and assist in stranding response and necropsy
·         Assist in public outreach events, including organizing attendance at new events to increase awareness of the program

·         Conduct workshops and trainings for stranding program volunteers in conjunction with UF CVM faculty and staff

·         Ensure adequate safety training and PPE for all volunteers, staff, and faculty for any and all procedures involved in stranding response and necropsy, including, but not limited to: hazardous and biological waste training, boating safety, animal handling, and zoonotic disease prevention after completing University training in these areas
·         Assist in grant writing and development activities
·         Communicate educational information effectively with members of the public and press as needed when responding to stranding events

Applicants should possess the following qualifications:

·         Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and related software programs, preferably including Microsoft Access

·         Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work independently

·         Flexibility with regards to scheduling to accommodate the unpredictable nature of stranding response

·         High level interpersonal communication skills

·         At least 2 years experience in marine mammal stranding and necropsy (may be a combination of paid and unpaid work)

·         Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs. unassisted after proper training

·         Ability to drive a large truck and boat including ability to trailer and tow vessel

·         Ability to work under harsh weather conditions

·         Grant writing skills are highly desirable

·         Technically and Mechanically proficient

Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in appropriate area of specialization and 2 years experience
Preferred Qualifications: Experience in management of stranding program(s). Team based work ethic. CPR and first aid certifications. Experience with dolphin photo ID.
Successful applications will include: CV/Resume, Cover letter, letters of reference from 3 individuals (preferably involved in the stranding field) including full contact information.

Rachael Dailey
Rachael Dailey, MS
Biological Scientist
Aquatic Animal Health Program
University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
Office: 352-294-4312
Cell: 352-213-6651

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