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The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation is currently hiring for the following positions:

Executive Director at RFMRP + Faculty Position at SoMAS 
Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation  Riverhead, NY
Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), in strategic alliance with the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation (“RFMRP”), is excited to announce an opening for a dynamic, experienced SoMAS Faculty Member to serve as Executive Director (“ED”) of RFMRP and to lead RFMRP to the next level of scientific and community contribution by becoming a global leader within the fields of marine mammal and/or sea turtle research and conservation.

The Executive Director shall be responsible for the management, development and implementation of RFMRP’s mission, strategic plan, and budget on behalf of the Board of Directors (“BOD”). The ED is responsible for supervision of all daily operations, including management of RFMRP staff, projects, programs, and fundraising efforts; overseeing public outreach to donors, stakeholders and the general public; and maintaining and strengthening relationships within the marine mammal and sea turtle community and Federal, State and Long Island environmental & civic groups. As a SoMAS faculty member, the ED will be expected to obtain significant external research support, advise PhD and MS students in their dissertation research related to RFMRP programs, develop, coordinate and/or mentor undergraduate research and internships through RFMRP, and offer Stony Brook University classes. The research professor position may be filled at any rank (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor), depending on prior achievements.

The ideal candidate is a visionary with excellent management, communications, interpersonal and organizational skills, with business/nonprofit experience, a strong research and academic background in the fields of marine mammals and/or sea turtles, significant experience in husbandry/animal care, and a Ph.D in a field related to marine sciences or biology. Experience with marine conservation and environmental law along with a knowledge and understanding of local, regional, state and federal regulatory programs are desired.

About the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation

The mission of the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation is to inspire marine conservation through efforts including marine mammal and sea turtle research and rehabilitation, education and outreach. RFMRP operates the New York State Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program, and is the only organization in New York authorized to work with these federally protected animals. RFMRP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit located at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, Suffolk County (Long Island), NY.

About Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) is the State University of New York’s center for marine and atmospheric research, education, and public service. With more than 100 faculty and staff and more than 500 students engaged in interdisciplinary research and education, SoMAS is at the forefront of advancing knowledge and discovering and resolving environmental challenges affecting the oceans and atmosphere on both regional and global scales. Beyond its position on the Stony Brook campus, SoMAS operates the Marine Sciences Center in Southampton, the Flax Pond laboratory in Old Field, as well as a fleet of large, medium, and smaller research vessels. SoMAS was ranked the #7 graduate program in marine and atmospheric sciences in the nation by the National Research Council in its most recent rankings. Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,450 acres. In the 58 years since its founding, the University has grown to more than 25,000 students and 2,400 faculty, and is recognized as one of the nation’s important centers of learning and scholarship. It is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, and ranks among the top 100 national universities in America and among the top 50 public national universities in the country according to the 2010 U.S. News & World Report survey.

Please see below for additional information about the Executive Director position.

Executive Director Organizational Planning and Management

  • Execute RF research, monitoring, and rescue programs
  • Oversee and organize RF staff and their activities.
  • Obtain grants and other external funding for RF programs from federal, state, and/or local agencies and other public sources of funds
  • Fundraise for RF programs via grants and sponsorships from private donors and foundations, and other non-government entities
  • Negotiate, execute and manage all contracts subject to RF Board approval.
  • Publish research findings in international, peer-reviewed journal.
  • Responsible for management of RF finances, budgets, grant accounts and all aspects of financial reporting.
  • Support, prepare for, and attend RF Board and other committee meetings as requested.
  • Work with RF staff to refine and develop outreach programs.
  • Oversee and manage permits
  • Cultivate membership base
  • Work with RF staff to organize and manage special events.
  • Other duties as assigned

Stony Brook University Academic Activities

  • Teach at least one course annually in the candidate’s area of expertise at Stony Brook University
  • Support and advise M.S. and Ph.D. students in their pursuit of their degrees.
  • Obtain external funding from federal, state, and/or local agencies and/or from Foundations to support research activities.
  • Mentor undergraduates engaged in internships or research.
  • Establish a national or international reputation as a leader in the candidate’s field of expertise.
  • Participate in SoMAS and university services.

Board Relations

  • Work collegially and collaboratively to accomplish organizational goals and support BOD governance and oversight.
  • Support, prepare for and attend Board and committee meetings as requested.
  • Assist with recruiting, managing and supporting members of the BOD and committees.

Applications will be accepted through December 31, 2016. Applications will be considered as they are received until the position is filled. Applications should include a Curriculum Vitae, a personal statement of interest and qualifications, and three (3) references.

Application instructions, detailed procedures, and further information about the position and SoMAS can be found at http://www.somas.stonybrook.edu/jobs/.

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • Ph.D

Required experience:

  • Grant Writing: 1 year
  • Teaching: 1 year
  • Research: 2 years
  • Management: 5 years
  • Financial Management: 1 year

 

RESCUE PROGRAM DIRECTOR
The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation (RFMRP) is excited to announce an opening for an experienced Rescue Program Director. If you are passionate for the rehabilitation and preservation of marine mammals and sea turtle, if you are interested in managing their care and the team that supports that effort, we look forward to speaking with you.

Duties:

  • Provide liaison between veterinarian staff and animal care/husbandry staff
  • Provide clinical management as prescribed by RFMRP veterinary staff
  • Oversee all aspects of health assessments and medical procedures as directed by veterinary staff including, but not limited to, performing physical examination and conducting blood draws, and administering IV fluids and medication to pinnipeds, sea turtles, and cetaceans
  • Respond to calls reporting stranded marine mammals and sea turtles and provide education to the public via “Hotline” coverage.
  • Prepare, organize, manage and provide training programs for volunteer staff
  • Manage all maintenance of data records and databases
  • Oversee maintenance programs for all medical and water quality equipment
  • Provide liaison with the Regional and National Stranding Networks, interact with state (NYS Department of Environmental Conservation) and local municipalities in all matters relating to the operation of the Stranding Investigations Program
  • Provide liaison to Riverhead Foundation’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).
  • Provide support to educational outreach programs and assist with the instruction of local university marine mammal and sea turtle rehabilitation class.
  • Assist with and/or perform post mortem examinations inclusive of field necropsies of marine mammals and sea turtles.
  • Manage and provide response, husbandry and medical care for pinniped, cetacean and sea turtle species recovered by the RFMRP’s Rescue and Rehabilitation Program
  • Provide assistance with grant writing, final and departmental report publications.
  • Assist with production and publication of data originating from the Stranding Investigations Program via professional meetings.

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in Biology, Marine Science or related field.
  • Advanced degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated management experience.
  • Minimum of 10 years experience in marine mammal and sea turtle stranding, species identification or other related marine mammal and sea turtle activities.
  • Minimum of 10 years of animal triage and husbandry of marine mammal and sea turtle species.
  • Understanding and application of veterinary technology inclusive of sampling procedures, diagnostic techniques and clinical laboratory equipment. Working knowledge of pharmacology and diagnostic imaging (radiograph, ultrasound) a plus.
  • Veterinary Technician required.
  • A valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.
  • Experience driving large trucks
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong leadership skills in routine and emergency situations.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, GIS and Access software.
  • Working knowledge of life support systems and equipment used within aquariums (pumps, filtration units, ozone generators)

Typical Physical Demands: 

Candidate will engage in moderate to a high level of physical activity daily (i.e., performing husbandry duties).  Position will require work within extreme weather conditions for long hours, sometimes overnight.  Candidates should be able to lift 50 pounds and otherwise be is good physical condition.

To Apply:

Please send your cover letter and resume to careers@riverheadfoundation.org

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

RESCUE PROGRAM SUPERVISOR
The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation (RFMRP) is excited to announce an opening for an experienced Rescue Program Supervisor. If you are passionate for the rehabilitation and preservation of marine mammals and sea turtle, if you are interested in managing their care and the team that supports that effort, we look forward to speaking with you.

Duties:

  • Provide liaison between veterinarian staff and animal care/husbandry staff
  • Provide clinical management as prescribed by RFMRP veterinary staff
  • Oversee all aspects of health assessments and medical procedures as directed by veterinary staff including, but not limited to, performing physical examination and conducting blood draws, and administering IV fluids and medication to pinnipeds, sea turtles, and cetaceans
  • Respond to calls reporting stranded marine mammals and sea turtles and provide education to the public via “Hotline” coverage.
  • Prepare, organize, manage and provide training programs for volunteer staff
  • Manage all maintenance of data records and databases
  • Oversee maintenance programs for all medical and water quality equipment
  • Provide liaison with the Regional and National Stranding Networks, interact with state (NYS Department of Environmental Conservation) and local municipalities in all matters relating to the operation of the Stranding Investigations Program
  • Provide liaison to Riverhead Foundation’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).
  • Provide support to educational outreach programs and assist with the instruction of local university marine mammal and sea turtle rehabilitation class.
  • Assist with and/or perform post mortem examinations inclusive of field necropsies of marine mammals and sea turtles.
  • Manage and provide response, husbandry and medical care for pinniped, cetacean and sea turtle species recovered by the RFMRP’s Rescue and Rehabilitation Program
  • Provide assistance with grant writing, final and departmental report publications.
  • Assist with production and publication of data originating from the Stranding Investigations Program via professional meetings.

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in Biology, Marine Science or related field.
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in marine mammal and sea turtle stranding, species identification or other related marine mammal and sea turtle activities.
  • Minimum of 2 years of animal triage and husbandry of marine mammal and sea turtle species.
  • Understanding and application of veterinary technology inclusive of sampling procedures, diagnostic techniques and clinical laboratory equipment. Working knowledge of pharmacology and diagnostic imaging (radiograph, ultrasound) a plus.
  • Veterinary Technician preferred.
  • A valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.
  • Experience driving large trucks
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong leadership skills in routine and emergency situations.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, GIS and Access software.
  • Working knowledge of life support systems and equipment used within aquariums (pumps, filtration units, ozone generators)

Typical Physical Demands: 

Candidate will engage in moderate to a high level of physical activity daily (i.e., performing husbandry duties).  Position will require work within extreme weather conditions for long hours, sometimes overnight.  Candidates should be able to lift 50 pounds and otherwise be is good physical condition.

 

To Apply:

Please send your cover letter and resume to careers@riverheadfoundation.org

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.