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Field Operations & Response
Sea Otter Response Specialist
This position is meant to provide the candidate with a high-level view of community powered conservation while supporting the advancement of an inclusive environment within one of the world’s largest marine mammal stranding response programs, with a focus on sea otter response and post-release monitoring. The successful candidate will contribute meaningful support to the response and animal care of marine mammals at our San Luis Obispo Operations and the sea otter post-release monitoring program at the Center.
Morro Bay, California • Full-time, Temporary • Posted December 7, 2023
Development & Communications
Donor Services Systems Manager
The Donor Services Systems Manager is responsible for supporting daily database operations and core data-related initiatives and system implementations that advance The Marine Mammal Center’s ability to build, grow, and sustain strong and effective relationships with donors. This position is responsible for developing and implementing systems for effective gift and constituent processing.
Sausalito, California • Full-time • Posted October 12, 2023
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Veterinary Technician Externship for Students Receiving Academic Credit
The Veterinary Technician Externship is an exciting opportunity for students in a veterinary technician program and/or approved alternate route track to become a licensed veterinary technician who are interested in increasing their technical skills, gaining experience and knowledge as a technician in veterinary medicine, and learning and about the behavior, rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals. This position works with our veterinary staff and the Center’s animal care volunteers to provide veterinary care for our patients, which consists of phocids, otariids, and the occasional cetaceans and sea otters.
Due to the cyclic nature of our patients, our Veterinary Technician Externships are available from February through September. Each externship opportunity may vary slightly depending upon our patient load and what opportunities are available. During the externship, students will be on their own trajectory, independent of any other students, depending upon their capabilities and experience.
Sausalito, California • 8- to 12-week externship • Posted October 17, 2023
Veterinary Student Externship Rotation in Marine Mammal Medicine and Pathology
The Marine Mammal Center Veterinary Externship Program provides veterinary students in their final/clinical year the opportunity to gain exposure to marine mammal medicine, rehabilitation, husbandry and necropsy. The veterinary student extern will work under the direct supervision of veterinary staff and volunteers, and students will participate in animal husbandry, veterinary examination and diagnostic procedures, surgical and anesthetic procedures, recordkeeping, daily clinical rounds, and necropsies. The student will also complete a project during the externship and present the results to staff and volunteers during the last week of their rotation.
Sausalito, California • 3- to 4-week externship • Posted September 20, 2023
Pathology & Diagnostics
Pathology Veterinary Student Externship
The Pathology Veterinary Student Externship is an opportunity for veterinary students in their final/clinical year to gain experience in marine mammal anatomy and pathology. During their time at The Marine Mammal Center, they will conduct necropsies and provide postmortem data on our patients and select carcasses, which consists of phocids, otariids, and the occasional cetacean and sea otter. There is no clinical component to this externship.
This position requires a minimum of 2 weeks and maximum of 4 weeks onsite between March through September 2025.
Sausalito, California • 2-4 week externship • Posted September 1, 2023
Intern Veterinarian in Marine Mammal Medicine and Pathology
The Intern Veterinarian position includes providing primary medical management and care of hundreds of stranded marine mammals, conducting post-mortem examinations and histological evaluation of deceased animals, developing and conducting a marine mammal health-based research project, medical recordkeeping, teaching veterinary student externs and other visitors, and some field work and response. This position is a shared and collaborative House Officer position with the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
This is a one-year full-time paid position. Housing is available at no cost to the intern in a unit located within 2 miles of the Center’s main hospital in Sausalito.
Sausalito, California • 1-year internship • Posted September 26, 2023
International Veterinary Fellowship
The Marine Mammal Center’s International Veterinary Fellowship Program provides marine mammal veterinarians across the globe an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in marine mammal rehabilitation medicine and pathology. The position is temporary, and it is expected that successful applicants will return to their pre-existing program prepared to implement and expand training programs of their own.
The Fellow will gain exposure to marine mammal medicine, rehabilitation, husbandry, response and pathology, and will complete a research project with the goal of publication. The Fellow will work under the direct supervision of veterinary staff and volunteers, and will participate in veterinary examination and diagnostic procedures, surgical and anesthetic procedures, recordkeeping, daily clinical rounds, marine mammal husbandry and necropsies. Opportunities for additional professional development such as attendance +/- presentation at a related professional conference will be supported.
Sausalito, California • 3-month fellowship • Posted September 20, 2023
Pathology & Diagnostics
Pathology Resident Rotation
The Pathology Resident Rotation is an opportunity to for anatomic and clinical pathology residents in established programs to gain experience in marine mammal anatomy and pathology. Rotating residents will provide postmortem data on our patients and select carcasses, which consist of phocids, otariids, and the occasional cetacean and sea otter. During their time at the Center, they will be become familiar with marine mammal gross necropsy and histopathology including classic diseases. This position requires at least a minimum of 2 weeks with openings year-round.
Sausalito, California • minimum 2-week rotation • currently recruiting
Train and Learn Alongside Our Experts
The Marine Mammal Center is the largest marine mammal teaching hospital and a critical training ground for veterinary professionals from around the world, combining high-quality animal care with a hands-on learning environment.
We are all one community, compassionate and respectful of each other as we work together to accomplish our mission.
- We engage in honest, thoughtful communication and remain open to feedback and new ideas.
- We embrace diversity and bring a positive approach to our work as a team.
- We take pride in what we achieve together and continually strive to learn and improve.
- We build trust by honoring commitments, taking responsibility for our actions and assuming good intentions in others.
Become a Volunteer
Volunteers are the heart and soul of The Marine Mammal Center. You can help rescue and rehabilitate marine mammals, educate the public, and so much more.