Rescue & Response Apprenticeship

The Marine Mammal Center

Sausalito , California

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Rescue & Response Apprenticeship (Temporary, Full Time Position)

MISSION

At The Marine Mammal Center, we are guided and inspired by a shared vision of a healthy ocean for marine mammals and humans alike. The Marine Mammal Center advances global conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.

OUR WORK

We rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured marine mammals at our state-of-the-art veterinary facilities by engaging a dedicated workforce and a supportive community. We learn from the patients in our care and contribute to scientific understanding of the changing health of our ocean, taking action to address ocean threats and save endangered species. We lead as a teaching hospital by training veterinary professionals locally and internationally, and inspiring future ocean stewards through innovative school and public education programs.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

The Marine Mammal Center is the largest facility of its kind in the world. Founded in 1975, the Center has grown into an internationally renowned and state-of-the art marine mammal hospital, research center, and educational organization. Each year, the Center treats 600 – 800 sick, injured, and orphaned marine mammals, with the goal of rehabilitation and release. Its professional staff collaborates with over 30 different scientific, educational, federal, state, and non-profit organizations from around the world.  

Marine mammal scientists and veterinarians from across the globe visit the Center and shadow its staff and volunteers to learn from the hundreds of animals treated each year, and from its acclaimed veterinary, scientific, and research staff. By collaborating with leading scientists and researchers to learn from the patients in their care, the Center expands and advances science to increase understanding of the health of the ocean and highlights implications for human health. 

In addition to its work within the scientific community, the Center’s formal and informal education programs reach 100,000 children and adults ever year. Ultimately, the Center’s work inspires action and fosters stewardship toward the care of our environment. 

Overlooking the ocean in the Marin Headlands, in Sausalito, CA, the Center operates three field stations in its 600-mile rescue range on the California coastline from San Luis Obispo through Mendocino County. With the addition of a facility in Kona, Hawaii, the Center’s rescue range has increased to include the entire Hawaiian archipelago. With an annual operating budget of just over $9M, 70+ staff depending on the time of year, and 1,200 actively engaged volunteers, the Center operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

Rescue & Response Apprentice

The Rescue & Response Apprenticeship is a temporary (12 month), full time, non-exempt paid position, based out of the Sausalito Hospital. The position is designed to afford candidates the opportunity to work full-time alongside experienced marine mammal stranding responders to gain the skills needed to succeed in the field. The apprentice will train with TMMC’s marine mammal rescue and veterinary science staff, reporting directly to the Northern Range Operations Manager as a part of the Rescue & Response Team. Through practical experience, the apprentice will develop skills in the marine mammal stranding profession, including stranding preparedness, hotline coverage, volunteer coordination, marine mammal handling, assessment, transport, and release as well as data collection, data entry, report writing, and other related responsibilities.

To be successful in this role, the Rescue & Response Apprentice must:

  • Come to fully understand the mission, the work, the values, and the credo of the organization
  • Learn to act and communicate in a manner that demonstrates a deep understanding of the organization and fulfill duties in a way that is strategic, in alignment with the credo, and informed by policy.  

The Rescue & Response Apprentice acts as a mentor to Rescue Interns and Volunteer Dispatchers. This role reports directly to the Northern Range Operations Manager

ROLE DESCRIPTION

The Rescue & Response Apprenticeship is designed to offer candidates the opportunity to deepen their understanding of all aspects of marine mammal stranding response, while providing support and continuity to The Marine Mammal Center’s central dispatch office. Based out of The Center’s Sausalito facility, this role receives public reports of stranded marine mammals in the rescue range and coordinates the appropriate response. The apprentice is involved in the organization and coordination of dispatch and transport activities across the entire California range. This role is expected to work some evenings, weekends, and overnight call.

CORE COMPETENCIES

  • Ability to communicate effectively and with diverse audiences
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to cultivate effective relationships with supervisors, volunteers and interns
  • Ability to maintain calm and professional in a high stress environment
  • Awareness of safety procedures for handling wild animals and working in the field
  • Strong leadership potential and problem solving skills

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Implement policies and procedures at the direction of the Northern Range Operations Manager and Veterinary Staff. Actively participate in problem solving to reach results
  • Answer the Stranded Animal Hotline, communicating with concerned members of the public with empathy and understanding
  • Coordinate assessment and rescue teams, from assessment to transport. Participate in rescues, transports, and releases as needed
  • Respond to public questions and concerns about distressed animals, volunteer opportunities, and all other general inquiries
  • Facilitate and maintain open lines of communication with co-workers and volunteers
  • Collect & process animal response data, including paper and electronic data entry
  • Assist in the training and support of Rescue & Response Interns and Volunteer Dispatchers

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Four-year college degree, preferably in biology or a related field
  • Maintaining a valid California Driver’s License and a clean driving record
  • Experience working with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook and comfortable working with database software
  • Ability to frequently lift and carry objects weighing up to 30 pounds when moving supplies and animal carriers
  • Ability to stand, bend, stoop and crouch while working with animals or at events
  • Available for weekend and evening work as necessary, including overnight on-call duties

PREFERED

  • Public speaking and/or customer service experience is desirable
  • Leadership experience, particularly organizing small groups in the field
  • Proven experience multitasking and decision-making in a high stress environment

FURTHER INFORMATION

LOCATION: Sausalito, CA

HOURS: Full time Position, Non-Exempt

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: August 14th, 2017

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