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 Data Scientist leads the development and maintenance of the Center’s Electronic Animal Record System across multiple animal programs (Veterinary Medicine and Science, Response, and Ke Kai Ola). This role is directly responsible for the management of three employees and also provides opportunities to engage in aspects of our work that complement the incumbent’s professional expertise and interests.
Hospital, research, response, and reporting database application management (60%)
- Manage application development and implementation timelines and priorities across animal programs, including overseeing critical system updates and scheduled rollouts and ensuring appropriate communication and training occurs.
- Oversee the prioritization and approach (e.g., manual and scripted) for real-time and retrospective data verification and cleanup.
- Develop and update metadata documentation, data archiving, and data sharing procedures and policies.
- Manage developer time and assignments with contracted developer lead.
- Manage application user accounts, access, and security with IT committee/team.
- Organize and lead Data Systems group meetings
- Ensure on-call/after-hours emergency support for system users.
Lead and advance various data system and/or research projects (25%), which may include:
- Developing appropriate algorithms and data processing approaches for manipulating, formatting, transforming, compiling, curating, synthesizing, and analyzing scientific data.
- Designing data dashboards or visualization platforms.
- Designing studies, writing funding proposals, and ensuring all reporting and other project requirements are met.
- Writing up and disseminating study results to scientific and non-scientific audiences (presentations, reports, and publications).
- Mentoring junior research staff and undergraduate and graduate students, informally and through official committee involvement.
- Critically reviewing proposals, reports, presentations, and publications as a project collaborator and as part of the peer-review process.
Supervise three employees focused on developing and maintaining the Center’s hospital, research, response, and reporting database application (15%)
- Set short- and long-term performance goals and deadlines.
- Organize workflow and delegate responsibility and authority for specific functions, ensuring employees have the necessary resources and training.
- Monitor productivity and provide timely and constructive feedback, coaching, and performance evaluation to ensure accountability and transparency.
- Approve timekeeping records, credit card statements, and reimbursement requests.
- Mediate conflict resolution within the team and provide operational leadership. Partner with HR whenever needed.
QUALIFICATIONS + EXPERIENCE
- Graduate (MS/PhD) degree in computer science, environmental science, biology, or related field.
- 5+ years of experience in data management and visualization; curating and extracting data from relational databases; and coordinating the design and implementation of database applications, particularly using electronic veterinary medical record or electronic health record systems.
- Proficiency in programming for biological and/or environmental data processing and analyses (e.g., R, Python, SQL, MATLAB, XML, Java, C, C++ programming language).
- Preferred: 2+ years of experience in the effective management of cross-functional teams.
- Ability to sit/stand and use a computer in an office environment for extended periods of time.
- Ability to climb stairs and walk around the facility with some parts only accessible via outdoor pathways.
- Comfortable working in a hospital setting with possible exposure to zoonotic diseases.
- To participate in fieldwork activities, must be comfortable hiking 5+ miles and lifting 50+ pounds.
LOCATION: Marin Headlands, Sausalito, California and travel to the Center’s other facilities in California and Hawaii and for conferences, trainings, and fieldwork, as needed.
HOURS: Full-time, 40 hours per week with a flexible daily schedule that will include on-call emergency database support on weekends, holidays, and after-hours. Exempt. Not eligible for overtime.
BENEFITS: Full benefits
REPORTS TO: Chief Programs Officer
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.