[MARMAM] Marine biodiversity officer

Morven Summers volunteercoordinator at hwdt.org
Wed Feb 11 02:40:18 PST 2009

Dear Marman,


The position listed below is now open for applicants.



Marine biodiversity Officer



The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) is dedicated to enhancing
knowledge and understanding of Scotland’s whales, dolphins and porpoises
(cetaceans) and the Hebridean marine environment through education, research
and working within local communities as a basis for the lasting conservation
of local species and habitats.

Specifically, HWDT: 1) conducts long-term monitoring of cetacean
distribution, abundance and habitat use; 2) educates a wide range of people
about the marine environment with a focus on cetaceans; 3) works within
local communities to ensure long-term sustainability of the marine

HWDT has undertaken monitoring and education projects for the past 15 years
on the West Coast of Scotland. In the past 7 years it has also undertaken
surveys from its 60ft motor-sailor Silurian and will undertake further
surveys in the coming year throughout the waters of the Hebrides.



Job description


HWDT’s marine biodiversity officer will work on its boat and land based
projects and will undertake the running of the science programme. A
substantial part of the job involves being the main monitoring officer
onboard “Silurian”: undertaking a variety of marine mammal surveys and
overseeing land-based monitoring projects.  He/she will work with and
supervise volunteers on most projects.   An additional role involves
representing the Trust on local and regional forums. The appointee must be a
qualified marine biologist with appropriate field and analytical experience.
The marine biodiversity officer will be responsible to the Senior Scientist
and Executive Director and work closely with other members of the team
including the science committee. This may include supervision of other
science staff. This post holder will split his/her time between land and
boat-based activities and office-based data entry and analysis tasks.


Key Tasks


*	Main science officer on board Silurian during 7 and 10 day
monitoring trips. Train and guide volunteers in marine mammal survey
techniques (demonstrations and presentations).  Train other staff members
for relief work.
*	Supervise the correct collection, entry and storage of visual and
acoustic survey data, and ensure the smooth functioning of onboard computer
hardware and software.
*	As part of the Silurian crew, participate fully in the domestic,
sailing and social aspects of monitoring trips.
*	Run boat-based element of field courses for students/general public
*	Provide on-board support for survey teams and be co-PI (Principal
investigator) for Earthwatch teams.
*	Work with scientific team to deliver agreed monitoring outputs.
*	Work closely with education and sightings teams in developing and
delivering a program of public talks and presentations.
*	Work with in the science team on  ongoing development of research
and conservation strategy
*	Work closely with the Education team providing input into education
programmes and work with universities. 
*	Work with the science team to deliver commissioned research as
*	Work with other academic institutions in research collaborations and
data sharing.
*	Undertake science administration, dealing with general
science-related  enquiries, correspondence and consultations
*	Analysis and report writing.
*	Representative on local marine stakeholder groups.
*	Maintain and develop relationships with key local and regional
marine stakeholders, organisations and operators.
*	Media work including radio and TV interviews.
*	Liaison with local boat operators to facilitate data collection and
raise profile of HWDT locally.  Including the development and management of
the LOGGER data collection program and photo ID work on marine wildlife tour
*	Management of volunteers on office-based research projects.
*	Equipment maintenance including repairs, loan agreements and
purchasing, in particular the computer and acoustic equipment on Silurian.
*	Assisting in funding applications and supporting the education,
finance and administrative staff
*	Assist with fundraising events when necessary
*	Occasional driving of mini-bus for marine mammal courses
*	Promote the Trust wherever possible, in particular recruiting new
supporters and sponsors


Desirable skills


*	Extensive knowledge and experience of marine mammal surveys
techniques including visual and acoustic methods.  Knowledge of IFAW LOGGER
and PAM software.
*	Computer proficient including Access, and GIS programs.
*	Offshore sailing/boating  experience (formal qualifications are not
*	Excellent communication skills both written and oral.
*	Knowledge of Scottish marine biology and nature conservation
*	Experience of volunteer and project management.
*	Full driving licence
*	Experience of partnership working and working in a team.
*	Experience of working independently
*	Knowledge of the West Coast and islands and their communities




This is a full-time post. The Trust is based on Mull, and staff need to base
their work at its offices in Tobermory, expenses are payable and a valid
driving licence is required.  


The post-holder will need to operate as part of a small team in a small but
dynamic NGO.  


Salary:  is based on 37 hrs a week is £18,000 


Term of Contract and Probationary Period: The term of contract will be from
March 2009 until March 2010 however the Trust may consider a shorter period
of a minimum of 8 months. The position is subject to satisfactory
performance during the initial three-month probationary period. 


Location and travel: HWDT is based on Mull, and the appointee will work both
from its offices in Tobermory and on the 60ft motor sailor Silurian. It is
likely that at least 50% of work time will be conducted as monitoring
officer onboard Silurian. This will involve living onboard Silurian with the
other crew and volunteers for a considerable amount of time. (Trips normally
last for 7-10 days). Traveling throughout Argyll, Lochaber and North West
Scotland will be essential.  Some other travel maybe required including
overnight stays away from home. 



Application Procedure


Send cv and covering letter with the names of two referees by e-mail to
admin at hwdt.org and post to HWDT, 28 Main Street, Tobermory, Isle of Mull,
PA75 6NU


Further information on HWDT and on this post are to be found on the HWDT
website www.hwdt.org <http://www.hwdt.org/> , or tel. 01688 302 620.
Applications should be made by 16th February



Morven Summers

Volunteer Coordinator

 <mailto:volunteecoordinator at hwdt.org> volunteecoordinator at hwdt.org 



01688 302620


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