The rehabilitation department at Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) is looking for a commissary (feeder/food preparation) volunteer. The commissary volunteer position is open to college students or college graduates with a focused interest in either animal care or veterinary medical care. This person will arrive before the center is open, feed the turtles the morning diet with prescribed medications, prepare food for the next day’s feedings, and clean the food preparation room.
This person will also complete routine maintenance on equipment and keep inventory of the food. All turtles will need to be feed before 9am. The shift will take two hours on average to complete (7am – 9am). LMC is looking for one volunteer to work 7am-9am, Monday through Friday and occasional weekends and holidays.
LMC’s Mission Statement: To promote conservation of ocean ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles.
LMC’s Vision Statement: To be recognized locally and internationally as the leading authority in sea turtle education, research, and rehabilitation.
- A college degree in biology/animal science or working towards a college degree in this field
- Available Monday-Friday from 7am-9am with flexibility to complete the task if it takes longer than 2 hours to complete
- Available to work holidays and some weekends
- Computer skills (able to learn to use an electronic medical record system using a computer or tablet)
- Excellent communication skills
- Experience working with wildlife (preferred experience working with marine or aquatic reptiles)
- Well organized
- Self-motivated and possess the ability to work independently or as part of a team
- A desire to learn
- A positive attitude
- Trustworthy and honest
- Clean sea turtle tanks using a siphon and scrub pads
- Follow proper disinfection protocol and prevent cross contamination
- Able to work with bleach and other disinfectants
- Carefully follow medical prescriptions and feed turtles medications and vitamins
- Identify any medications that were not fully consumed and report this data to the veterinarian
- Feed sea turtle patients, often using unique methods to get a non-eating turtle to eat
- Document all food consumed and not consumed in the medical record system
- Follow the diet chart to prepare food for the turtles for the following day
- Maintain all equipment, including sanitation of food containers
- Report any equipment needs to the hospital staff
- Notify hospital staff when food inventory is low
If interested in this opportunity, please email Caitlin Sampson at: firstname.lastname@example.org.