[MARMAM] Job opening: Stranding biologist, Mote Marine Lab

Gretchen Lovewell glovewell at mote.org
Fri Aug 19 10:44:12 PDT 2022

Mote Marine Laboratory’s Stranding Investigations Program is hiring a 
salaried stranding biologist to be directly involved in the 24-hr 
response, recovery, and transport of stranded marine mammals and sea 
turtles. Stranding response/necropsy duties will include 24-hour 
stranding hotline coverage and coordinating the appropriate response 
(rescue/recovery, examination, data collection, necropsy, tissue 
sampling processing, distribution of samples, and disposal of 
carcasses).Laboratory duties will include some combination of the 
following: maintaining stranding databases, photo archives, supplies 
inventory, equipment maintenance.The biologist will coordinate and 
supervise interns and/or volunteers.This position is highly variable and 
consists of unpredictable hours. Longer hours and/or additional days 
will be required depending on stranding trends and/or to complete 
specific tasks.High-priority strandings will require adjusted days off, 
longer days, and/or real-time travel (e.g. live or fresh-dead cetaceans, 
recovery/necropsy of known dolphins, large whale or mass stranding 
events, unusual mortality events, cold-stun events, HABs).The biologist 
must be able to work both independently and as part of a larger 
team.Specific qualifications include a Master’s degree or a bachelor’s 
degree with five years’ experience responding to stranded marine mammals 
or sea turtles, knowledge of marine mammal and/or sea turtle 
conservation issues, a valid Florida Driver’s License or equivalent and 
dependable transportation for rapid response.The successful applicant 
must be capable of the following: lifting up to 75 pounds, dragging 100 
pounds, swimming in a variety of conditions, walking long distances in 
the sand and/or marsh, driving large vehicles in congested areas (often 
towing trailers), launching, retrieving, and operating small 
vessels/kayak/SUP’s, tolerating strong odors, extreme temperatures, 
sandy, buggy, and/or wet field conditions, and working weekends, and 

Interested applicants should apply on line by choosing “2022 Stranding 
Biologist”  at https://mote.smapply.org/prog/job_applicants or mail a 
single package including cover letter, resume or c.v. and the contact 
information for three references to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human 
Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236 before 5pm 
September 9, 2022.

Gretchen Lovewell
Program Manager
Stranding Investigations
Directorate of Marine Biology and Conservation
Mote Marine Laboratory
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236
Office: 941-388-4441 ex 239
Cell: 941-374-3425
Pronouns: she, her, hers
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research and education facility.
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