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Job & Internship Opportunities

AVAILABLE OPPORTUNITIES

Animal Care Manager (full-time, paid)
Marine Animal Rehabilitation & Education Intern (unpaid)
Marketing Intern (unpaid)

JOB OPENINGS

ANIMAL CARE MANAGER

SUMMARY: Working with the Veterinarian(s) and the Executive Director, the Animal Care Manager is responsible for managing all aspects of animal care and husbandry, for leading and managing staff and volunteers, and for managing all aspects of the hospital facility and life support systems. The position also assists with all aspects of fundraising including events and grant writing, helps to deliver education programs, represents the organization at events, and helps with general office and organizational duties.

RESPONSIBILITIES – ANIMAL CARE & FACILITIES:

  • Manage all aspects of marine animal husbandry at the National Marine Life Center.
  • Lead, supervise, train, and manage the Animal Care & Necropsy Coordinator, the Animal Care & Life Support Systems Assistant, and animal care interns and volunteers.
  • Serve as primary liaison between animal care staff and volunteers and the veterinarians, ensuring that veterinary medical and diagnostic orders are implemented fully with consideration for each animal patient, the human caretakers, and organization resources.
  • Scheduling and coordinating diagnostic tests, procedures, and surgeries.
  • Manage the facilities and life support systems, including tank maintenance, hospital equipment maintenance, daily cleaning and upkeep of filtration systems, and general cleaning and restocking.
  • Handle and restrain animals, including seals, sea turtles, native turtles, etc.
  • Prepare animal diets, feed, and clean.
  • Assist with medical care of patients, including administering medications, vitamins and fluids; treating wounds; helping with routine medical exams, blood work, radiographs, surgeries; and performing necropsies.
  • Perform animal-related and facility-related laboratory work, including water quality testing, in-house blood and sample testing, and sending samples out for analysis to outside laboratories per established protocols.
  • Maintain diagnostic equipment including x-ray machine, digital x-ray processor, iStat blood gas analyzer, Abaxis blood analyzer, and others.
  • Establish and ensure compliance with animal husbandry and facility protocols, as well as federal and state guidelines and regulations.
  • Ensure proper record-keeping, including on-line and paper animal medical charts, facility logs, drug logs, volunteer logs, and other necessary documentation.
  • Manage and assist with facilities and maintenance projects such as painting, landscaping, enclosure repair, and building new enclosures.
  • Identify and implement ideas to improve husbandry, animal care, and facility operations.
  • Organize and manage animal releases.
  • Serve as the organization’s safety officer.
  • Serve as a spokesperson to the media and the public.

RESPONSIBILITIES – VOLUNTEER COORDINATION

  • Manage all aspects of NMLC’s volunteer program. Volunteers include volunteers, interns, co-ops, AmeriCorps, etc.
  • Recruit, train, manage, and schedule volunteers for festivals, educational presentations, gift shop, animal care, administration, mailings, etc.
  • Recruit, train, manage, and complete necessary school paperwork for paid and unpaid interns, work-study students, etc.
  • Maintain and update volunteer policies, manual, and orientation.
  • Maintain volunteer records and hours.
  • Manage the volunteer recognition program.

RESPONSIBILITIES – FUNDRAISING, EDUCATION, MARKETING:

  • Participate in fundraising activities such as grant writing, special events (e.g., Feet, Fins & Flippers 5K, Mermaid Ball, Spectacle of Trees), and solicitation of donations.
  • Deliver on- and off-site educational programs to the public and to community groups.
  • Assist with managing NMLC’s social media, newsletters, and other marketing channels.
  • Assist with general office and building duties, including cleaning chores.
  • Additional duties as required.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must demonstrate excellent leadership, team building, and supervisory skills.
  • Must exhibit ability to work well with others, including staff, board, and volunteers.
  • Must be available and willing to work weekends and holidays.
  • Must demonstrate good written and oral communication skills.
  • Must maintain good relationships with the Animal Care and Veterinary staff, and provide frequent and sometimes daily updates in person or by phone on issues of animal health so that the entire team is current on the status of all animals.
  • Must be able to calculate drug doses, perform medical treatments, follow established medical protocols, and collect diagnostic samples and data.
  • Must be able to endure some physical exertion, such as long periods of standing; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; recurring lifting of moderately heavy items such as medical equipment and boxes of medical supplies. The work may require specific but common physical characteristics and abilities such as lifting up to 50 pounds, above-average agility, and dexterity.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Experience with target species (seals, sea turtles, and cetaceans) and life support system maintenance a plus.
  • Experience with fundraising a plus.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in related field and/or veterinary technician experience preferred.
  • Must be comfortable using standard office computer software (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail, databases, and internet).

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references to Kathy Zagzebski, President & Executive Director, kzagzebski@nmlc.org, (fax) 508-759-5477, National Marine Life Center, P.O. Box 269, Buzzards Bay, MA, 02532-0269.

Position open until filled.

The National Marine Life Center is an equal opportunity employer.

 

INTERNSHIP OPENINGS

Deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: July 1st
  • Spring Semester: November 1st
  • Summer Semester: March 1st

MARINE ANIMAL REHABILITATION/EDUCATION INTERNSHIP

Animal Care Responsibilities: Depending on need and case load, interns will assist with the care of the NMLC rehabilitation patients including seals, sea turtles, and freshwater turtles. Animal Care duties will include animal restraint; cleaning; disinfecting tanks, equipment, and environmental enrichment devices; diet preparation; administering feeds (including tube feeding); record keeping; facility maintenance; and water quality testing. Interns will also assist animal care staff with medical procedures, admission exams, animal necropsies, and release events.

Education Responsibilities: Interns will assist with environmental education programs, including on-site programs, off-site programs, fairs, and festivals. Interns will assist in giving public presentations to guests of NMLC and educate them on marine animals and conservation. Interns will assist in the gift shop, assist with various office projects, create displays for the Discovery Center, and help create lesson plans and activities that are aligned with the Massachusetts State Frameworks.

Other Responsibilities:  At the end of the internship, the intern will present feedback regarding their internship to the staff, volunteers, and members of the public. Each intern will also be assigned a weekly chore to assist with the upkeep of the facility and equipment, and will be required to attend regularly scheduled intern meetings.

Positions are unpaid. Interns must have their own transportation. Housing is not provided, but NMLC will offer suggestions.

Qualifications

  • The internship is open to students who are currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from an accredited college or university. High school students may also be considered.
  • Preference will be given to students or recent graduates working towards biology, environmental studies, marine science, education, or other related fields.
  • Intern should demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Students that are adaptable, responsible, hard working, willing to learn, and have attention to detail are encouraged to apply.
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Summer interns should be available to work from May 15 through August 15, 2018.
  • Interns should expect to work 40 hours per week which will include early morning and/or late night seal feedings.
  • If an intern plans to receive school credit for an internship they must notify staff prior to the internship start date, and it will be the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all required paperwork is completed and submitted.

To Apply: Send your resume, cover letter, and one letter of reference to internship@nmlc.org or P.O. Box 269, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts 02532. Applications must be received by July 1st for the fall semester, November 1st for the spring semester, or March 1st for the summer semester.

 

Marketing/Development Internship

Responsibilities:

  • Promoting NMLC’s mission through appropriate publications and venues.
  • Assisting with donor outreach and communications, including donor tracking, follow-up, and upkeep of the donor database.
  • Updating community and website calendars with upcoming events and educational programs.
  • Assist in the planning and execution of fundraising events including our annual Mermaid Ball, Feet Fins & Flippers 5K, Deals for Seals Yard Sale, and The Spectacle of the Trees. Specific activities include: Creating event marketing materials, Writing press releases, Managing the 5K t-shirt design competition, Recruiting event sponsors, Recruiting donations for auction and raffle prizes, Helping with event registration and day of preparations
  • Maintaining social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram.
  • Maintaining our WordPress website.
  • Research potential funding sources and apply for funding through grants and sponsorship programs.
  • Update and edit current marketing materials such as brochures, flyers, direct mailings, and educational materials.
  • Update NMLC’s marketing plan, social media policy, media policy, & other communications policies

Qualifications:

  • The internship is open to students who are currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from an accredited college or university.
  • Preference will be given to students or recent graduates in marketing, communications, or other related fields.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Must be outgoing and personable with good social and conversational skills.
  • Have knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite and social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, and blogging
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Spring interns should be available to work from May 15 through August 15, 2018.
  • Intern should expect to work 20-24 hours per week, including weekends, evenings, and holidays.
  • If an intern plans to receive school credit for an internship they must notify staff prior to the internship start date, and it will be the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all required paperwork is completed and submitted.

This position is unpaid. Interns must have their own transportation. Housing is not provided, but NMLC will offer suggestions.

To Apply: Send your resume, cover letter, and one letter of reference to internship@nmlc.org or P.O. Box 269, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, 02532. Applications must be received by August 1st for the fall semester, November 1st for the spring semester, or March 31st for the summer.