[MARMAM] Stranding Coordinator

Jessica Post JPost at imms.org
Mon Nov 18 13:33:55 PST 2019

Stranding Coordinator
The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) is located in Gulfport, MS and was established in 1984 for the purposes of studying marine mammals in the northern Gulf of Mexico. IMMS is also the only rehabilitation facility for marine mammals and sea turtles in Mississippi.
The Stranding Coordinator duties include: rescue and rehabilitation of stranded marine mammals and sea turtles, maintenance of all rehabilitation facilities, answering and responding to calls of stranded marine mammals and sea turtles, and coordinating the schedules of the stranding program volunteers.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

*         Appropriately coordinate field response/rescue of stranded marine mammals and sea turtles.

*         Assist with overseeing the daily operations of the rehabilitation of stranded marine mammals and sea turtles including animal care and facility maintenance.

*         Oversee the training of all volunteers within the Animal Rescue Program and coordinate the scheduling of rehabilitation volunteers.

*         Collect Level-A and STSSN data and specimens in the field and assist with carcass disposal, when necessary.

*         Provide educational information to the public when responding to stranding reports.

*         Assist in conducting public outreach programs, and media relations.

*         Conduct or assist veterinarian in necropsy examinations both onsite and in the field including, but not limited to, clean-up and waste management.

*         Coordinate release of rehabilitated marine mammals and sea turtles.

*         Perform accurate data entry into databases for all reported sightings and stranding's.

*         Demonstrate understanding of the hazards employees and volunteers are exposed to and must be certain that volunteers are properly trained in the use of the personal protective equipment (PPE) that will protect them from that hazard.
Position Requirements:

*         Must be willing to consistently provide full time assistance for stranding calls and responses. Must be willing to work with a diverse group of people with a wide variety of experience.

*         Must have public speaking experience. Strong communication skills (oral and written)

*         Ability to work under harsh weather conditions.

*         Ability to develop stranding teams and work well with members as well as work independently when required.

*         Grant writing skills are highly desirable.

*         Valid driver's license and a good driving record.

*         Must be physically able to execute the work of the position. Must be able to lift 50 lbs.

*         Must be legally able to work in the United States.

*         Weekends and scheduling flexibility required.
Desired Qualifications:

*         BS or MS in Marine Biology, Wildlife and Fisheries, or related field

*         Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook

*         Experience supervising staff/interns in the field and office settings

*         Experience with the reporting process for marine mammal and sea turtle strandings (Level A and STSSN forms)

*         Experience with marine mammal and sea turtle necropsies

*         Experience assisting in veterinary procedures for marine mammals and sea turtles

*         Experience with marine mammal and sea turtle rehabilitation
To Apply:

*         In order to apply please send your CV, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references to moby at imms.org<mailto:moby at imms.org>. Please include "Stranding Coordinator Position" in the subject line of the email.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is flexible, and salary is commensurate with experience.

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