[MARMAM] Bycatch Reduction Job Announcement

Scott Kraus skraus at neaq.org
Tue Nov 3 11:40:33 PST 2009




DATE:		October 22, 2009
TITLE:	Research Associate, Consortium for Wildlife Bycatch Reduction  
DEPT:		Research
REPORTS TO:	Director, Consortium for Wildlife Bycatch Reduction 
AVAILABLE:	Immediately
HOURS: 	Full Time Regular       

BACKGROUND:
The New England Aquarium has a long history of collaborating with the
fishing industry to research and develop fishing methods that reduce the
bycatch of threatened non-target marine animals. In the 1990s, the
Aquarium's Research Department led a controlled study of acoustic
pingers on gillnets in the Gulf of Maine that showed a reduction of
harbor porpoise bycatch to almost zero, and carried out studies to
quantify post-capture mortality in non-target species such as sharks.

In 2004, the Aquarium formed the Consortium for Wildlife Bycatch
Reduction, a collaborative venture between Blue Water Fishermen's
Association, Duke University, Maine Lobstermen's Association, the
University of New Hampshire, and the New England Aquarium. The
Consortium supports collaborative research between scientists and the
fishing industry to develop practical fishing techniques that avoid the
depletion of species endangered by excessive bycatch. Its projects fall
under three major program areas: (1) global exchange of bycatch
reduction technology, (2) understanding non-target wildlife interactions
with fishing operations, and (3) research and development of bycatch
reduction techniques. 

JOB SUMMARY:
The Research Associate will be responsible for a combination of
fisheries and wildlife research and grant administrative functions.
These may include working with fishermen in the development and
evaluation of fishing gear, participating in gear workshops, analysis of
catch/bycatch data from at-sea trials, analyzing data on gear
performance or wildlife behavior, the review and synthesis of pertinent
reports and scientific publications, developing work programs for
grantees, and producing written reports and analyses based on projects
carried out by the Consortium. 

RESPONSIBILITIES: 
Help organize meetings and workshops among Consortium members and other
individuals engaged in bycatch reduction research and mitigation.
Help produce scopes of work for Consortium projects.
Review studies of potential or existing bycatch reduction methods, and
upload summaries to the www.bycatch.org website.
Help develop and maintain content on the www.bycatch.org website.
Carry out desk-top, lab, and field research leading to the production of
publishable papers on topics directly supporting the Consortium's
objectives.
Analyze data generated by Consortium projects and incorporate the
results into project reports or peer-reviews publications, in
collaboration with project PIs.
Assist in writing and assembling project reports for NOAA Fisheries.
Monitor budgets and progress of subcontracts.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Advanced knowledge and practical understanding of fisheries bycatch.
Proven skills in statistical analysis of fisheries and other datasets.
Proven skills in administration and fiscal oversight of grants and
contracts. 
Demonstrated skill in writing technical reports and scientific papers.
Ph.D. or M.S. with several years experience in the field of bycatch or
fisheries research.
Ability to oversee and carry out projects with minimum supervision.
Commitment to the objectives and goals of the Consortium.
Ability to work effectively in collaboration with other scientists and
fishermen.

TO APPLY SEND RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO:
HUMAN RESOURCES
NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM
CENTRAL WHARF
BOSTON, MA 02110-3399
E-MAIL: JOBS at NEAQ.ORG 






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