The Georgia Sea Turtle Center – Georgia Sea Turtle Center-Veterinarian


Job Type: Veterinarian

Work Type: Exotics

Business Name: The Georgia Sea Turtle Center

City: Jekyll Island

State: Georgia

Contact Name: Brandy Dow

Contact Email: [email protected]

Contact Phone: (912) 635-4081

Job Title: Veterinarian
Department: Georgia Sea Turtle Center (GSTC)
Status: Full Time, Regular, Exempt
Pay: Salary commensurate with qualifications
Reports to: Director of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center
Benefits: Full Benefits eligible, Parking, Amenity pass
Retirement: Employee Retirement System of Georgia (GSEPS)
Closing date: 4pm (EST) Friday January 6, 2023 Note: This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified. Incomplete applications or applications without accompanying documents when required will not be considered.​

Jekyll Island is dedicated to maintaining the delicate balance between nature and humankind through conservation, education, and preservation. Surrounded by salt marshes, expansive oceanfront, and ancient maritime forests, it is situated within the chain of the Golden Isles, and just a few miles from St. Simons Island, Sea Island and Brunswick. As a State Park, Jekyll Island is a coastal haven where nature and humans peacefully co-exist.

Job Summary:
Under general direction and utilizing broad objectives and guidelines, the Veterinarian ensures appropriate care for all animals entrusted to the center and contributes to quality programming in research, rehabilitation, and education. This position supports the Georgia Sea Turtle Center’s mission of education, rehabilitation and research through conceptual and “hands-on” leadership in the disciplines of veterinary medicine.

-Oversees veterinary care for the resident Center collection and patients. This includes regular examinations, diagnosing and devising therapies (surgical, prescription) for diseases and injuries, reviewing clinical pathology reports and patient charts, necropsies, as well as managing caseload and treatments in coordination with GADNR and partner institutions.
-Ensures compliance with all applicable state and federal agency standards on animal care, research and ethics. This includes maintaining required permits and licenses (GADNR, DEA, USFWS), supervising the use and storage of controlled substances, and daily monitoring of animal welfare.
-Provides high quality medical and surgical care for injured and ill wildlife presented to the GSTC; provides 24/7 on call emergency care and ensures adequate veterinary coverage when unavailable.
-Engage with guests and staff to enhance their experience by facilitating discussion and explanation of veterinary procedures conducted in public areas of the hospital and the public viewing window.
-Adheres to departmental practices, procedures, and training of staff, volunteers and interns. This includes the animal capture and restraint, examinations, treatments, prescription dispensing, transport, etc. and the regular review and revision of procedures as per best practices in the field.
-Collaborates with Director of GSTC to develop and maintain relationships with schools of veterinary medicine at various universities in providing training and GSTC opportunities. Oversees the selection, teaching and oversight of mentorship and veterinary externship programs.
-Supervises the generation, maintenance, and accuracy of all medical and necropsy records. This includes drug inventories, daily reports, diagnostic and laboratory analyses, research, and clinical data required for welfare and permit documentation, and database systems.
-Maintains controlled drug records, ensures appropriate biomaterials disposal and radiation safety.
-Continued development of the GSTC including general fundraising and grant acquisitions, pursuing sea turtle and related conservation efforts locally and globally as a representative of the GSTC.
-Collaborates with Director of GSTC to develop and maintain professional working relationships with government/overseeing agencies, and other aquarium, zoological, wildlife and research facilities. Oversees active clinical research. collaborating with internal and external colleagues; based on historical data assets, current trends, management priorities, and strategic goals.
-Contributes subject matter knowledge and expertise to public outreach, educational programming, and research of the GSTC and other JIA departments. Serves as the spokesperson for veterinary related topics for the GSTC.
-Publishes scientific articles in referred journals, presents at scientific meetings.
-Provide development and coaching opportunities and maintain a positive and respectful workplace.
-Participates in required JIA training and obtains appropriate continuing education and professional development.
-Performs other duties as assigned to meet departmental and organizational goals.
-Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree from accredited college of veterinarian medicine required.
-Completion of an ACZM approved post graduate zoo medicine residency program, may consider any combination of experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities.
-ACVP reptile or ACZM board certification desired.
-Minimum of five (5) years’ current and related experience with at least two (2) years clinical experience with sea turtle rehabilitation medicine is required.
-Must possess a valid State of Georgia Veterinary Medicine license within the first three months of employment and maintain license in good standing,
-Ability to acquire Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) registration to prescribe and purchase controlled substances.
-Knowledge and experience with aquatic animal medicine and surgery is preferred.
-Experience working with wildlife, including crocodilians and venomous snakes.
-Must be able to travel for work related responsibilities including conferences, seminars, and workshops.
-Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, ability to communicate to a diverse range of audiences and settings.
-Excellent interpersonal skills along with the ability to resolve conflict.
-Ability to make decisions, provide instruction and achieve results with hospital staff.
-Ability to provide skills training and coaching to hospital staff, vet students, interns, etc.
-Professional demeanor and appearance.
-Must have valid driver’s license
-Must successfully complete background check.
-Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:
-Exert up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds constantly to move objects.
More than 50% of the typical workday will be spent reaching, lifting and repetitive use of wrists, hands and/or fingers.
Between 25 and 50% of the day will be spent stooping, kneeling, crouching, and pulling.
Less than 25% of the day will be spent climbing, standing, sitting, walking, and feeling.
Sensory abilities required include vision, hearing and touching with more than 50% of the day spent communicating, talking and hearing.
Must have visual clarity to determine accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of work assigned or to make general observations of facilities or structures.
Work will be performed both inside and outside. Work is subject to extreme cold and extreme heat and high humidity. Work includes exposure to vibrations, hazards, infectious diseases, and required to wear a respirator.
Noise level is considered normal to loud, may require shouting.
This description of job responsibilities is intended to reflect the major responsibilities and duties of the job and is not intended to describe minor duties or other responsibilities that may be assigned from time to time.

This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified. Applicants who complete the online application process will receive an email receipt of submission to the email address provided. If the email confirmation is not received, the applicant may contact Human Resources at 912-635-4081 for confirmation, however, due to the volume of applicants received, we are unable to provide information on application status after receipt. Applicants who need assistance to accommodate a disability may request an accommodation by contacting Human Resources at 912-635-4081.

All qualified applicants will be considered but may not necessarily receive an interview. Incomplete applications or applications without accompanying documents when required will not be considered. Selected applicants will be contacted for the next steps in the selection process. Successful completion of background checks is required including credit when applicable to the position. Relocation expenses are not authorized, applicants should consider this when applying.

Jekyll Island Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Authority supports equal employment opportunities for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

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