The Certified Veterinary Technician is a full-time, salary position directly responsible for patient care, sea turtle husbandry, responding to strandings (dead and alive), and hospital maintenance under the direction of the staff veterinarian. The Certified Veterinary Technician will ensure patient care is administered properly and in a timely manner, provide communication with LMC visitors regarding patient care and procedures as necessary, and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work. The Certified Veterinary Technician will act as a supervisor of rehabilitation volunteers along with other rehabilitation staff as appropriate, under the direction of the staff veterinarian.
• Preferred Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
• Required Veterinary Technician degree from an accredited institution and national veterinary technician certification, registration, or license
• 5 years experience working with marine turtles and/or other non-mammalian species
• Strong communication skills, including the ability to speak to the public
• This position requires staff to be “on call,” and to work weekends
• This position requires several hours of outdoor work and requires staff to be physically fit and able to lift 50 lbs.
• Valid driver’s license
• Knowledge or skilled in the use of medical equipment such as digital radiology, endoscopy, ultrasound, anesthesia machine, pulse doppler, cold laser therapy, V.A.C therapy, and fluid administration
• Lab skills desired: manual CBC on reptiles, use of IDEXX Catalyst blood chemistry machine, iSTAT, centrifuge, and refractometers
• Desired skills in small and large scale aquarium/rehab tank maintenance and general operation
• Required skill in communicating with laboratories, pharmacies, and vendors to negotiate deals or discounts on supplies
Supervisor: Directly report to the staff veterinarian
• Maintain quality control in the hospital for consistency
• Perform routine water quality monitoring
• Coordinate database management and data entry
• Coordinate with other staff to make sure all medicine and medical supplies are stocked and organized
• Follow proper FDA regulations on drug storage, handling, and documentation
• Obtain and record patient case information any time a patient is handled
• Assist in diagnostic, medical, and surgical procedures
• Coordinate the cleaning and disinfecting of marine tanks
• Prepare treatment room for examination of animals
• Turtle food preparation and feeding
• Administer injections and other daily medical treatments with guidance from the Staff Veterinarian
• Prepare patient medications
• Collect specimens and perform laboratory procedures
• Assist professional personnel with research projects and associated publications
• Sterilize surgical and laboratory equipment
• Coordinate response to stranded marine turtles (includes driving company vehicle)
• Recognize abnormal behavior and/or conditions of patients and report to Staff Veterinarian
• Maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work
• Make public presentations at on-campus meetings and/or training sessions
• Assist the research programs as directed (i.e. data gathering, data analysis, report writing)
• Work with other LMC departments to increase the visibility and awareness of the hospital via events and marketing
• Communicate with vendors for ordering medication, supplies, and equipment at the best possible price/rate
• Troubleshoot current and new equipment as well as work with technical support staff to resolve equipment issues when they arise
• Other duties as assigned
Skills Required: The ideal candidate must be proficient in the medical care of sea turtles, as well as the care and handling of medical equipment. Must be able to work independently, but also must be a team player. Must be able to work with a team involved with numerous different projects. Must be able to coordinate with the staff veterinarian regarding research projects within the Rehabilitation Department. Attention to detail is essential. Additionally, the Veterinary Technician must be willing and able to professionally present compelling insights from LMC procured data to both scientific and non-scientific audiences.
Introductory Period: It is the policy of LMC that all team members, including newly hired, transferred and promoted team members, will be carefully monitored and evaluated by the CEO and the staff veterinarian for an initial introductory period on the job (3 months, 6 months and 1 year). After satisfactory completion of the introductory evaluation, such team members will be evaluated on an annual basis.
About Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Unique among nonprofits, LMC is a totally free (no charge) facility in Palm Beach County, FL. We rely on the generosity of our guests and our supporters to power our mission and vision. Our amazing 30 year history is one of community, family, and fun. The good work we do on campus is designed to help promote the conservation of ocean ecosystems and the protection of threatened and endangered sea turtles. LMC is one of the top visited cultural destinations in Palm Beach County attracting over 300,000 visitors annually.
LMC’s core focus areas are Education, Research, Rehabilitation, and Conservation. LMC’s campus is widely known for our world class sea turtle hospital, our cutting edge sea turtle research laboratory, our sea-side themed gift boutique, and our very popular public and signature events.
In 2013, LMC assumed management of the iconic Juno Beach Pier and has launched a global responsible pier initiative (RPI) which has over 60 member piers worldwide. In 2016, LMC further expanded operations via a strategic partnership with FPL to manage the retail operations and consult on programming at Manatee Lagoon, an eco-discovery center in Rivera Beach, FL.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to work long hours in the sun and at night in extreme conditions. The employee is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk. The employee is frequently required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. He or she will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by his or her supervisor.
Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to Caitlin at email@example.com.
You can also mail your cover letter and application materials to:
Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Attn: Vet Tech Opening
14200 U.S. Highway One
Juno Beach, FL 33408
Loggerhead Marinelife Center is an equal opportunity employer.