[MARMAM] RESEARCH ASSISTANT, right whale habitat studies

karen stamieszkin kstamieszkin at gmail.com
Wed Aug 5 14:47:44 PDT 2009

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 2010 winter/spring
season (Jan. 4 – approx. 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, extensive
microscopic identification and enumeration of zooplankton samples, right
whale behavioral studies, and contribution to an educational blog.  Field
work will likely occur in harsh winter weather conditions.  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.

A relevant 4-year college/university degree (B.A. or B.S.) is required; a
master’s degree in a relevant field is preferred.  Candidates must be highly
motivated and independent, and must have strong attention to detail.
with the identification of Gulf of Maine zooplankton species, and experience
with Microsoft Access and Excel, GIS software and biological oceanography
software/data management techniques are preferred.

This position provides housing and a monthly stipend of approximately $2450.

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 and resume with
references to:

Stephanie Richardson

Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies

115 Bradford St.

Provincetown, MA 02657

srichardson at coastalstudies.org

Email applications preferred.  Position open until 15 September 2009.
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