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Biologist 2 - Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation

New England Aquarium
Quincy, United States Posted: March 14, 2024


The New England Aquarium (NEAq) is a non-profit organization that responds to and rehabilitates stranded sea turtles. NEAq maintains a sea turtle rehabilitation hospital within our Animal Care Center (ACC) in Quincy, Massachusetts. The ACC also houses a modern necropsy lab. The Aquarium's mission is to provide rapid response and humane care to stranded sea turtles and to conduct research and education, ultimately with the intention of releasing rehabilitated animals back to the wild. The Aquarium's Rescue program is one of the oldest in the country, and triages on average 400 sea turtles annually.

  • This is a full-time regular position offering a comprehensive benefits package.
  • The schedule will be Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and a fourth day which can be any other day of the week.
  • Shifts are 10-hour days with a half-hour lunch period, 8a - 6:30p EST.
  • Work must be conducted on-site.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Provides husbandry and care for animals collected through the Rescue Program.
  • Administers medical therapy as prescribed by Veterinarian.
  • Responds to stranding calls as appropriate, educates the public through " 24-hr Hotline" coverage and provides "on-call" support as necessary.
  • Supervises the volunteers and interns on-site and in the field.
  • Assists in training and presentations to volunteers and interns.
  • Provides for proper care and maintenance of equipment in Animal Care Center including scheduled maintenance of lab equipment, field equipment, and Rescue vehicles and trailer.
  • Maintains animal records and stranding related database. Assists in Federal reporting requirements.
  • Generates content for the Rescue department social media.
  • Assists with and/or perform post mortem exams including field necropsy of sea turtles.
  • Participates in the general ordering for the department, as well as special ordering for grants. Obtains PO numbers, places orders, files records and maintains an active inventory of husbandry, medical, and office supplies.
  • Oversees the Rescue and Rehabilitation office activities, including filing and general organization.
  • Performs other position-related duties, as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Minimum Training and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree with a focus on biological sciences or veterinary technology preferred.
  • 2-3 years' experience in sea turtle and/or marine mammal husbandry, strandings, or related field experience required.
  • Clinical experience with sea turtles is required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong leadership skills and organizational and time management abilities.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft WORD, EXCEL, and ACCESS software
  • A strong understanding of diagnostic equipment and life support systems such as dopplers, lstat/protein skimmer, and biotowers.
  • Working knowledge of necropsy equipment and sampling protocols.
  • Must be able to restrain wild animals, and properly use stranding equipment such as stretchers, kennels, cetacean transport containers, necropsy kits/ flensing knives, wet suits / dry suits, medical kits including needles, and therapeutic drugs.
  • A valid driver's license required. Candidates will be subject to a driving record check and must have a satisfactory driving record in order to drive New England Aquarium vehicles.
  • For more information and to apply online please visit: http://neaq.applicantpro.com/jobs/
  • New England Aquarium is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer as defined by the EEOC.
  • Here we foster a culture of respect, diversity, and inclusion.
  • We strive to engage and inspire a broad audience with our efforts to protect the blue planet, and we believe a diverse workforce provides experiences, skills, and perspectives that enrich our programs, strengthen problem-solving, add creativity, and enhance our work environment.
Experience Required
  • Bachelor's degree with a focus on biological sciences or veterinary technology preferred. 2-3 years' experience in sea turtle and/or marine mammal husbandry, strandings, or related field experience required.
  • Clinical experience with sea turtles is required.
Salary
  • $22.05 / hour

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