NMLC Biologist II

Job Description

Title: Biologist II
Supervisors: Animal Care Director
Status: Full-time, 1.0 FTE
Including alternating weekends
FLSA Exempt: Yes
Updated April 2024

Working with the Animal Care Director, Veterinarian(s), and other Animal Care staff, this position is responsible for all aspects of animal care and husbandry for seals and sea turtles, including maintaining the facility and life support systems and helping to train and supervise animal care volunteers and interns.

Animal Care (~0.8 FTE):

  • Under the direction of the Animal Care Director, implement all aspects of animal husbandry at the National Marine Life Center.
  • Handle and restrain seals, sea turtles, and native turtles.
  • Prepare animal diets and feed, including tube feeding seals.
  • Assist with medical care of patients, including administering oral, SQ, IM, and IV treatments; treating wounds; performing routine medical exams, blood work, and radiographs.
  • All husbandry duties, including hospital cleanliness.
  • Perform all 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.
  • Ensure proper record-keeping, including animal medical charts, water quality records, facility logs, drug logs, and other necessary documentation.
  • Assist or perform necropsy examinations as assigned including scheduling, assisting, taking and managing samples, and photo and data management according to accepted protocols.
  • Train, supervise, manage, and maintain good relations with and communication with animal care volunteers and interns.
  • Assist with maintaining NMLC’s native turtle program, including volunteer scheduling and training, volunteer supervision, animal husbandry, and reporting.
  • Assist with maintaining the supply inventory; order animal care, medical, husbandry, and facilities supplies as needed or directed.
  • Assist with data collection for reports to appropriate agencies as assigned, including NOAA, USFWS, and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.
  • Data management for internal databases and external databases including the National Database (for marine mammal stranding information) and the STSSN Database (for sea turtle stranding information).

Marine Life Support Systems (~0.2 FTE):

  • 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.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve issues.
  • Schedule and coordinate contractors for installation, repair, and servicing of systems.
  • Operate pump house equipment including drawing in sea water, discharging sea water and general upkeep.

Other Responsibilities (as needed)

  • Manage and assist with facilities and maintenance projects such as painting, enclosure repair, and building new enclosures.
  • Support obtaining photos and videos for social media or other organizational needs.
  • Deliver on- and off-site educational programs to the public and to community groups.
  • Represent NMLC at fairs, festivals, and other public events.
  • Assist with general office and building duties, including cleaning.
  • Additional duties as required.


  • Minimum 3 years full time staff level experience rehabilitating seals required.
  • Minimum 3 years clinical experience triaging and rehabilitating sea turtles required. Mass casualty sea turtle experience preferred.
  • Experience maintaining life support systems required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and/or veterinary technician experience required. High school diploma or GED required.
  • Must be able to calculate drug doses, perform medical treatments, follow established medical protocols, and collect diagnostic samples and data.
  • Must demonstrate ability to work well with others, including staff, board, volunteers, and interns.
  • Must be available and willing to work weekends and holidays.
  • Must demonstrate good written and oral communication skills.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Experience with stranding response and/or necropsies a plus.
  • Experience with education and fundraising a plus.
  • Must be comfortable using standard office computer software (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail, databases, and internet).
  • 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.

To Apply:
Send your resume and cover letter to Position opened until filled, only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Job Description

Title: Administrative Assistant
Reports to: President & Executive Director
Status: Part-time, 24-32 hours/week
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Updated: May 2024


Working with the President & Executive Director, this position is responsible for assisting with all clerical and administrative tasks of the National Marine Life Center (NMLC) front office.


  • Manage bookkeeping (Quickbooks), Accounts Receivable, and Accounts Payable. Enter deposits and bills, pay bills, and reconcile accounts.
  • Enter, edit, and manage donor information in NMLC’s donor database (Little Green Light). Prepare, copy, and mail donor acknowledgement letters. Maintain donor records.
  • Assist with creating, printing, and mailing or e-mailing publications (e.g., e-newsletter in Vertical Response, print newsletter, solicitation letters).
  • Assist in preparing grant proposals.
  • Assist with general office and building duties, including answering phones, receiving guests, cleaning, ordering supplies, shipping and mailing.
  • Assist with managing office equipment. Maintain up to date company contacts, warranties, service agreements, licenses, etc.
  • Help manage building maintenance and repair, and manage maintenance contracts. Includes alarm system, phone system, waste disposal, recycling, snow removal, plants, landscaping, keys/locks, cleaning schedule, office opening/closing procedures, etc.
  • Help organize and participate in fundraising and marketing events.
  • Additional duties as required.


  • High school diploma or GED required, college degree preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years of admin support experience required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, databases, and internet required.
  • Experience working with sensitive and/or confidential information required.
  • Must demonstrate good communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Must demonstrate ability to work well with others, including staff, board, and volunteers.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer. Some crouching, stooping, reaching, and carrying.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.

Organizational Profile:

The National Marine Life Center (NMLC) is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) marine animal hospital and science and education center. We rehabilitate and release stranded marine mammals and sea turtles in order to advance science and education in marine wildlife health and conservation.

NMLC is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. It is the policy of NMLC not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex and gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

To Apply:

Send your resume and cover letter to

Position opened until filled, only qualified candidates will be contacted.