[MARMAM] Position Announcement

Owen Nichols nichols at coastalstudies.org
Wed Nov 22 17:07:41 PST 2006

RESEARCH ASSISTANT, Right Whale Habitat Studies

The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS), a private, non-profit 
research, conservation, and education organization based in Provincetown, 
MA, is seeking a full-time Research Assistant for the 2006 winter/spring 
season (Jan. 2  May 15) of the right whale habitat studies program.  The 
successful candidate will play an integral role in the rapid assessment and 
reporting of habitat characteristics that influence right whale 
distribution in the Cape Cod Bay Critical Habitat.  Primary 
responsibilities include extensive time at sea conducting zooplankton 
sampling and right whale behavioral studies and photo-ID (often in harsh 
winter conditions), microscopic identification and enumeration of 
zooplankton samples, and database management/data entry.  Familiarity with 
the identification of Gulf of Maine zooplankton species is highly 
preferred, but not required.  Additional duties may involve assisting with 
field and laboratory operation of a Conductivity-Temperature-Depth profiler 
(CTD) and Optical Plankton Counter (OPC), and with the downloading and 
analysis of cruise data.  Experience with Microsoft Access and biological 
oceanography software/data management techniques are preferred.  Candidates 
must have a relevant 4-year college/university degree (B.A. or B.S.), must 
have completed at least one year of applicable experience, should be highly 
motivated and independent, and should have strong attention to 
detail.  This position provides housing and a $2425 monthly stipend. To 
learn more about PCCS and the right whale habitat studies program, and to 
read field notes from last year's season, visit www.coastalstudies.org.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume with references, 
and unofficial copy of transcripts to:

         Stephanie Johnson
         Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies
         115 Bradford St.
         Provincetown, MA 02657
         smjohn at coastalstudies.org

Email applications accepted.  Consideration to begin immediately; please 
apply no later than 15 December.

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