Assistant Stranding Coordinator and Research Technician

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Dauphin Island, Alabama

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details Commensurate with experience

The Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network (ALMMSN), located at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) in Dauphin Island, AL, is recruiting a highly motivated technician to assist with marine mammal stranding response and research in coastal Alabama waters. Established in 2011, ALMMSN is a cooperative regional stranding network partner, and works in conjunction with NOAA's NMFS and USFWS to respond to dolphin, whale and manatee strandings. ALMMSN responds to an average of 38 cetacean and 3 manatee strandings annually, including an average of 3 live marine mammal strandings per year. The primary goal of ALMMSN is to enhance reporting and response efforts for marine mammal strandings to ensure collection of consistent, high-quality data that are used to evaluate causes of strandings and/or death. This is a physically demanding position that often requires field response and necropsy on unscheduled long days in a variety of weather conditions.

Daily duties:

  • Collaborate with ALMMSN Stranding Coordinator, staff, students, interns and volunteers to manage a 24-hour stranding hotline
  • Participate and lead field stranding response
  • Participate in necropsy events
  • Sample handling, inventory, and shipment of samples
  • Collect and manage data
  • Maintain medical records and enter diagnostic results into database
  • Assist with research projects, data mining, and analysis
  • Equipment cleaning and maintenance
  • Public outreach and volunteer coordination

The Assistant Stranding Coordinator will have the opportunity to assist the ALMMSN veterinarian with stranding response and ongoing research projects as well as the DISL Manatee Sighting Network and Marine Ecosystem Response Lab staff with projects including data entry, sonic & radio telemetry, and photo-identification to develop a broader set of skills.

Ideal candidate requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, marine science, oceanography, zoology or related program
  • Familiarity with MMPA, NOAA/NMFS and USFWS stranding protocols
  • Effective written and verbal communication, including speaking to the public and media
  • Physically fit, able to lift at least 50 lbs and strong swimmer
  • Ability to endure unpleasant field conditions including temperatures between 30°F-100°F, rain, humidity and biting insects
  • Prior experience with marine mammal stranding response and necropsy
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships
  • Think quickly, independently, logically and apply problem-solving techniques
  • Knowledge and experience operating large vehicles, vessels up to 24’ and trailering (Applicant must obtain an Alabama vessel license and complete a DISL boating safety class within 6 months of beginning employment)
  • Preference will be given to candidates with veterinary assistant experience
  • Experience with computer software such as MS Office, ArcGIS, R, and SigmaPlot

This is a grant-funded, temporary position up to 40 hours per week, including nights, weekends, and holidays on-call as necessary. This position is for 1 year, with possibility for extension based on funding and performance. Rate of pay is commensurate with experience. Applicant must be eligible to legally work in the U.S. at the time of application. More information about ALMMSN and the Marine Ecosystem Response Laboratory can be found at and


Interested applicants must send a cover letter, CV, list of three references and date of availability to before October 18, 2019 to be considered. Application review will begin immediately and will continue until a successful applicant is chosen.

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