[MARMAM] Job Marine Mammal Rescue

Peter Wallerstein pw at marspecialists.org
Sat Jul 18 11:27:39 PDT 2020



Marine Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization providing rescue response as far north as the Pacific Palisades, south to Long Beach, and as far west as Catalina Island. MAR conducts hundreds of marine mammal rescues annually. Rescued animals consist primarily of sea lions, seals, and seabirds with occasional dolphins and sea turtles. MAR has rescued 6,000 marine mammals over the past 30 years. MAR also works as a member of the large whale disentanglement network.

You must have pinniped rescue experience to apply for this position.


MAR is looking for committed individuals who would like to make rescuing marine animals a career. You must have pinniped, especially sea lion rescue experience to apply. Training will be provided by MAR to ensure continued high-level response to any marine animal calls. MAR will not consider candidates looking for a temporary position. Only long-term applicants will be considered.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Must be available 5 days a week, 8 hours per day for response, rescue and transportation from jetties, docks, and both common and uncommon stranding locations.  Must be able to learn the proper use of specialized marine animal rescue, transportation and safety equipment. Must be able to work in cooperation with local agencies and volunteers and be familiar with all local, state and federal laws pertaining to the rescuing of marine animals.

LOCATION: MAR’s authorized territory is Los Angeles County, from Pacific Palisades to Long Beach and west to Catalina, California.

HOURS: Approximately 8 hours per day, 5 days per week. Be prepared to work long days from January to June.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience and skills

START: Within 4 months


       A bachelor's degree and marine mammal handling experience

·       Provide background/references

·       A valid driver’s license with no points

·       Minimum two year experience in rescuing seals and sea lions

·       Must correctly identify local marine animal species and demonstrate knowledge of

       birthing seasons and natural behaviors of marine animals

·       Some animal-related emergency medical experience

·       Must meet challenging physical fitness requirements

       Must be able to lift 75 pounds into truck

·       Must possess 24-hour Hazwhoper certificate

·       Skill in small boat handling

·       Able to drive 4WD Pickup truck in a sandy environment


 ·       Maintain rescue and transportation equipment

 ·       Responsible for school visits

 ·       Must be enthusiastic with good communication skills and be able to work with

        others, including Coast Guard, Lifeguards, Police, etc.

 ·       When on-call, must answer calls promptly

 ·       Must pass County Beach Safety Driving Course

 ·       Coordinate volunteers

Send your cover letter, resume and references to the email address below:

Contact: Peter Wallerstein, pw at marspecialists.org <mailto:pw at marspecialists.org>
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