The Marine Mammal Center advances global conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.
WHAT MOTIVATES OUR WORK
The ocean is in trouble. From the depletion of fish stocks to increasing ocean temperatures, human activity threatens marine ecosystems that are vital to the health of our ocean and all life on earth. As a critical first responder to these threats, The Marine Mammal Center is leading the field in ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue, veterinary medicine, science, and education. Marine mammals are ecosystem indicators, and these animals provide insights into human and ocean health threats. Together, we are taking action today to support a network of scientists and stewards to protect our shared ocean environment for future generations.
To advance our mission, we focus our work in three key program areas:
- Animal Care: With a volunteer force numbering more than 1,200 and the support of a concerned public, the Center is able to respond to marine mammals in distress. Sick and injured animals are treated and rehabilitated at our state-of-the-art veterinary facilities where we care for our patients until they can be released back to their ocean home. Covering a rescue range that spans 600 miles of California coastline and the Big Island of Hawai‘i, the Center responds to more stranded marine mammals than any other organization in the world. Our sought-after experts are deployed locally and internationally to provide technical veterinary expertise and training on best practices ranging from anesthesia to disentanglement.
- Scientific Research: The Center is a major contributor to the global body of research and knowledge about marine mammal medicine and health. Our veterinary experts develop new clinical techniques to improve marine mammal rehabilitation and care, and investigate the reasons why marine mammals strand and how these factors are connected to ecosystem and human health. Our scientists also investigate how marine mammals use and interact with their ocean environment to better understand and protect them from many threats. Learning from every animal we respond to and studying animals in the wild, our researchers identify novel diseases and pathogens, support endangered and threatened species conservation, identify and help mitigate human-caused threats and partner with scientists around the world on collaborative research that utilizes samples and data collected by the Center. Marine mammal health, ocean health and human health are inextricably linked, and our work advances knowledge of all three to benefit us all.
- Education: As a teaching hospital, the Center serves as a vital training ground for veterinary professionals from across the globe, expanding the collective understanding and application of marine veterinary science and conservation. Our innovative school and public education programs build a sense of responsibility through a connection to marine mammals and the marine environment, inspiring future ocean stewards and promoting action to protect the ocean. Each year, these education programs and hands-on trainings reach more than 100,000 children and adults, supporting the next generation of informed scientists and engaged citizens who will care for and ensure the health of our ocean and environment.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
The Marine Mammal Center was founded in 1975 by three local citizens: Lloyd Smalley, Pat Arrigoni and Paul Maxwell. Since then, and thanks to their vision, the Center is now a global leader in marine mammal health, science and conservation and is the largest marine mammal hospital in the world. The Center operates physical locations in Sausalito, Morro Bay and Moss Landing, CA, as well as in Kona, Hawai‘i, and has an annual operating budget of $11.5M. A team of 80 staff and 1,200 actively engaged volunteers make the Center’s impact possible and keep the Center operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The Life Support and Facilities Manager reports to the Vice President of Operations. The individual in this position is responsible for the operation and maintenance of building and life support equipment across all of The Marine Mammal Center’s facilities. This position is part of a rotating on call and work schedule.
- Oversees the maintenance and operation of building automation and controls systems at all of the Center’s facilities as well as aquatic animal life support systems in Sausalito, CA and Kona, HI.
- Operates life support and building equipment, performs routine life support/building operations such as filter backwashes, system line-up changes, and water treatments.
- Manages LSSF Technicians in Sausalito, CA, and works closely with LSSF volunteers in Kona, HI.
- Generates, maintains, and continuously improves preventative maintenance schedules and asset databases.
- Oversees the delegation and prioritization of work orders generated by staff and volunteers.
- Communicates critical systems maintenance issues and identifies areas for operational and equipment improvements.
- Motivates staff and ensures the department has optimal skill levels through training and professional development.
- Liaises with outside vendors, contractors, and park partners on behalf of the Center where appropriate.
- Identifies opportunities to streamline, improve, and update building automation and control systems, life safety, and aquatic animal life support systems.
- Bachelor's degree is preferred, preferably in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, engineering management, engineering technology, or a related field of study
- 1-3 years experience in a management or lead role preferred
- AALSO Level III operator preferred
- Aquarium or zoo experience strongly preferred. Aquatic animal life support systems, water filtration or wastewater treatment systems preferred
- Building systems management experience, including controls & automation for HVAC and Life Support System preferred
- Experience deciphering technical documentation and instructions, cut-sheets, diagrams and floor plans preferred
- Demonstrated success in a team-managed work environment; ability to negotiate, lead across divisions and motivate team members
- Must be able to travel and manage projects in locations along the California coast and Hawaii
- Must be able to work flexible hours as needed, covering all hours of the day all days of the week. This position is part of a rotating on-call and work schedule.
- Must be able to perform the physical work requiring manual dexterity, agility, strength and coordination, including ability to lift 50 lbs
- Must be able to safely wear Personal Protective Equipment when working around hazardous chemicals
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.