Veterinary Technician

at National Marine Mammal Foundation
Location Bangor Base, Kitsap County, Washington, United States
Date Posted August 3, 2021
Category Industry positions
Job Type Full-time
Closing Date 16/08/2021


The National Marine Mammal Foundation is seeking applicants for a full-time veterinary technician in marine mammal medicine with the primary goal of providing direct support to a U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program (MMP) satellite facility based in Bangor, WA. This position will cover the swing shift, typically 3pm-11pm.
The successful applicant should have the following qualifications/characteristics:
  • Proficiency in technical and laboratory skills, including but not limited to, patient assessment, anesthesia and patient monitoring, diagnostic imaging, surgical assistance, emergency response, biologic sample collection, processing, cytology and other in house analyses, sample archiving, and inventory management
  • Proficiency in database management, data entry, data analysis, and word processing
  • Attention to detail regarding equipment setup, use and maintenance, such as equipment used for routine laboratory analysis, endoscopy, digital radiography, and ultrasonography
  • Professional, self-motivated, highly organized, and detail-oriented with excellent time management skills; able to work independently without supervision
  • Strong interpersonal skills, good decision making and the ability to respond calmly and quickly to urgent matters
  • Positive attitude with creative, independent thinking and the ability to successfully perform duties individually, as well as within a dynamic team environment
  • Applicants for the position must also be U.S. citizens, have a valid driver’s license, and have the ability to obtain a secret clearance
  • Applicants must be able to carry 40 pounds, remain on feet for extended periods of time, and be comfortable working in pier-side, boat-based, and marine environments year round in Washington State
  • Preference will be given to applicants with previous marine mammal, zoo, and/or wildlife experience, registered veterinary technicians (LVT, RVT, CVT, etc), and applicants with extensive technical backgrounds.
  • Applicants must be able to respond in person within 2 hours while on-call.


The veterinary technician will participate in daily animal care, hospital maintenance and medical procedures with the veterinarian and animal care staff. Duties include collecting, analyzing and archiving biologic samples, participating in physical exams and the MMP’s preventive medicine program, dispensing medications and prescriptions, ordering, stocking and maintaining drug and supply inventories, coordinating shipments to and from other facilities and laboratories, maintaining medical and laboratory equipment, completing medical data entry, performing water quality sampling and analysis, managing HAZMAT labeling, disposal and SDS binders, and participating in the training and development of animal care staff. There is the potential for travel in support of the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program mission. Applicants must have the ability to consistently work the swing shift (3pm-11pm) and have the flexibility to accommodate some weekends and holidays, according to the needs of the animals and veterinarians. Competitive compensation and benefits will reflect experience level.
Applicants should submit the following materials:
1) A cover letter/statement outlining the applicant's goals and interests in the area of marine mammal medicine
2) A current curriculum vitae/resume, limited to 4 pages
3) Three references with email and phone numbers; at least two should be veterinarians
Applications should be submitted directly on the NMMF website’s Career Opportunities page: [Link available after registering below]
All application materials must be received no later than August 16, 2021. 
Additional information about the National Marine Mammal Foundation can be found at

The National Marine Mammal Foundation (NMMF) has a mission to improve and protect life for marine mammals, humans, and our shared oceans through science, service, and education.


We achieve our mission through the following actions:

  • Collaborate with the nation’s top scientists and institutions to translate our research into applicable medicine and species conservation
  • Develop education programs to share NMMF research discoveries and expertise
  • Foster an environment that creatively, effectively, and positively shapes marine mammal medicine, research, training, and education
  • Conduct research that benefits the conservation and care of marine mammals and the health of humans
  • Support the Navy’s ability to provide exceptional care and training of their marine mammals


Our vision for the future is to revolutionize the way we think about marine mammals. By embracing the partnership created between human and marine mammal, we can create a sea change in our global approach to scientific exploration, ocean conservation, and public education.


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