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.
KE KAI OLA OVERVIEW
In 2014, The Marine Mammal Center opened Ke Kai Ola (“The Healing Sea”), a hospital and education center dedicated to the recovery of the endangered Hawaiian monk seal. With just over 1,400 living Hawaiian monk seals, the goal of Ke Kai Ola is to promote Hawaiian monk seal recovery through 1) a science-based rehabilitation program; 2) a highly trained and well-managed volunteer stranding response network; and 3) coordinated community efforts and partnerships to inspire the local community to protect, care for, and ensure the future of this endangered species.
The Hawaiian Monk Seal Conservation Veterinarian is a member of a multidisciplinary team. This individual provides veterinary care for our rehabilitation program and veterinary leadership for the Animal Programs team. This individual will represent the Center in veterinary partnerships, such as NOAA’s Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program and the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program, by conducting patient rounds, providing regular (weekly or more frequent) patient updates, and participating in field work, as needed. This position reports to the Vice President, Veterinary Medicine and Science, with direct support from the Center’s veterinary team.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES + DUTIES
- Manage veterinary care for Hawaiian monk seals in rehabilitation at Ke Kai Ola.
- Manage and support one direct report at Ke Kai Ola (Animal Programs Manager). Responsibilities include setting goals and ensuring accountability, providing timely and routine feedback, counseling, and supporting employment transitions.
- Develop an annual budget for animal care expenses at Ke Kai Ola in compliance with Center policies and procedures and in coordination with the Chief Programs Officer and Chief Financial Officer.
- Collaborates with Sausalito-based clinical team on current/emerging cases
- Ensure compliance with all required permitting and approved plans (i.e. NOAA stranding agreement and veterinary plan), as well as maintaining electronic animal records
- Submits required veterinary medical reports to NOAA and contributes to other reporting needs (i.e. progress and final reports for grant-funded projects or activities)
- Grows professional training and learning opportunities in veterinary medicine at Ke Kai Ola (i.e. veterinary internships and externships) in support of the Center’s Teaching Hospital Inititaive.
- Contributes to donor and community engagement activities on a regular basis (i.e. leads tours, support learning programs, contributes to volunteer training/engagement efforts)
- Partner with Development colleagues to support and lead efforts to raise revenue through major donor cultivation, donor events, and pursuit of foundation, public (federal, state, and local) and corporate funding opportunities.
- Represent the Center and its mission on media platforms
- Implement communication strategies that engage external partners (e.g. NOAA Fisheries) on matters of short- and long-term consequence (including individual patient treatment and diagnostic plans, policies and procedures as they relate to patient care, coordination of patient transportation, etc.)
- Engage with partners on Hawaiian monk seal conversation efforts and represent the Center on the Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Team
- Encourage and support internal and external collaborations to advance medicine and science in support of Hawaiian monk seal conservation
- Support NOAA field activities as needed, including Main Hawaiian Island field work and NOAA Northwest Hawaiian Islands cruises (2-4 weeks each spring/fall)
- Collaborate and/or lead studies and secure funding for research that furthers the Center’s mission; analyze data and publish results in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
QUALIFICATIONS + EXPERIENCE
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or equivalent required; additional post-graduate degree and/or marine mammal experience, especially phocids, highly desired.
- Licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Hawaii and possession of a DEA license or ability to obtain within first few months on the job, required.
- Experience working in field settings and supporting field-based research, including sample collection and field sedation of wild animals, is highy desired.
- Effective oral and written communication skills, and ability and experience communicating in varied settings in front of diverse audiences.
- Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to supervise and motivate volunteers and team members
- A proven track record for publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
- Ability to travel, nationally and internationally, for up to 4 weeks at a time.
- Ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
- Comfort with various modes of travel including small watercraft, small planes.
- Ability to carry up to 50 pounds.
- Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
- Ability to stand/walk up in extreme weather conditions for extended periods without a break
- Ability to sit at a desk for extended periods of time using a computer screen
- Exposure to zoonotic diseases
- Ability to travel for periods of up to 4 weeks to remote sites
Location: Ke Kai Ola Hospital, Kailua-Kona, HI
Hours: This role is full-time exempt and may require working some evenings, weekends and/or holidays, depending on program or facility needs.
Benefits: Fully benefited
Reports To: Vice President, Veterinary Medicine and Science