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

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.


  • 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.


  • 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 in good physical condition.

To Apply:

Please send your cover letter and resume to

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


Additional non-paid Riverhead Foundation opportunities:

Internship Program

Volunteer Program


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