[MARMAM] Job Announcement: Beach Watch Manager Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association

Bob Wilson wilsonrj at pacbell.net
Fri Apr 16 15:51:51 PDT 2010

FMSA has a job opening for Beach Watch Manager. 

Bob Wilson
Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association

Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association
The Presidio • P.O. Box 29386 • San Francisco• California • 94129
Tel. 415-561-6625 • Fax 415-561-6616 • www.farallones.org
Beach Watch Manager
The Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association is a non-profit, cooperating association supporting
the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. We collaborate closely with Sanctuary
staff and coordinate and sponsor programming and initiatives that meet the Sanctuary’s mission.
Our collaboration with the Sanctuary involves education, interpretation, outreach, research and
monitoring as a supporting partner.
To provide volunteer coordination, data management and data analysis to support the Gulf of the
Farallones National Marine Sanctuary’s Beach Watch program and Conservation Science
• Supervise Research Associate, Data Manager, contractors and interns of the Beach Watch
• Develop annual operating plan and manage $150k annual budget. Manage contract and
grant deliverables. Assist in state, federal and foundation grant and proposal writing.
Volunteer Coordination and Development:
• Coordinate and supervise over 100 Beach Watch volunteers in data collection of bird and
marine mammal species abundance, human activity, and oil/tarball deposition on 41
beaches between Bodega Head and Año Nuevo.
• Coordinate all aspects of Beach Watch training including advanced training and
enrichment sessions. Recruit and train volunteers in data collection and species
identification. Develop and update Beach Watch manuals and training materials.
• Conduct Beach Watch surveys, including accompanying and reviewing volunteers in the
field. Supervise data collection and monitoring techniques. Provide ongoing support and
skill development for volunteers.
• Communicate with volunteers including production of monthly e-newsletter. Respond to
inquiries about Beach Watch from the public, media, and other organizations.
• Increase awareness of the Beach Watch program and facilitate information exchange.
Foster collaboration with other organizations and researchers.
• Maintain Beach Watch volunteer records including volunteer database, schedules and
directories. Track and report volunteer hours and statistics.
• Assist with organization and planning of annual volunteer appreciation event and other
outreach events.
Data Management and Analysis:
• Coordinate data tracking, data entry, and maintenance of the Beach Watch database.
Manage and evolve the online data entry and online data query systems.
Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association
The Presidio • P.O. Box 29386 • San Francisco• California • 94129
Tel. 415-561-6625 • Fax 415-561-6616 • www.farallones.org
• Conduct statistical analyses of Beach Watch data and summarize findings. Generate
summary statistics and create graphical representations of the results. Work with GIS
Specialist on preparation of data for GIS uses, including conducting geospatial analyses.
• Create new uses of data by formulation of research questions in collaboration with
Sanctuary Conservation Scientist. Analyze data and provide ecosystem interpretive
reports to the Sanctuary Superintendent for management application.
• Provide status, trends and geospatial data, analysis and interpretation of resources at risk
from human perturbations, e.g. disturbance, pollution, entanglement.
• Disseminate Beach Watch data through the production of publications such as annual
reports, peer-reviewed papers and presenting at conferences.
• Facilitate data requests from partners and researchers and collaborate with other
researchers and resource management agencies.
Emergency Response:
• Participate in the planning and training for oil spill response and natural resource damage
assessment. Provide support for Sanctuary Resource Protection staff.
• Attend mandatory trainings and gain required certifications to enable full participation in
emergency response and damage assessment efforts in support of the Sanctuary.
• Conduct field sampling during oil spills, vessel groundings, and mortality events.
Mobilize and coordinate surveyors during emergency events.
• Run analyses and provide natural resource data during emergency events.
Field Monitoring:
• Provide logistical and planning support to multiple research and monitoring programs to
include: planning and mobilizing research cruises, organizing wildlife monitoring for
large scale public events such as Maverick’s Surf Contest, coordinating harbor seal
census surveys, and other contracted duties.
• Conduct field sampling to support Conservation Science objectives, including limited
participation in multi-agency research cruises.
• B.S. or M.S. degree in Physical, Environmental or Biological Sciences; Marine Science
degree preferred.
• Minimum three years work experience in related field. Work experience in staff
management, volunteer coordination, data analysis and report writing required.
Experience working for non-profit and government agencies preferred.
• Ability to supervise and lead small staff and large number of volunteers. Ability to work
independently and initiate projects. Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities
within budgets and deadlines.
• Knowledgeable about Central California marine environment, seabird and shorebird
identification and natural history, marine mammal identification and natural history.
• Knowledge of the basic principles of marine ecology and biology. Knowledge of field
techniques and methods to carry out long-term monitoring projects.
• Ability to provide logistical and planning support to multiple research and monitoring
programs. Ability to conduct field sampling including day trips aboard research vessels;
applicant should not be prone to seasickness.
Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association
The Presidio • P.O. Box 29386 • San Francisco• California • 94129
Tel. 415-561-6625 • Fax 415-561-6616 • www.farallones.org
• Skill in organizational and administrative duties; Knowledge of computer operation to
perform word processing and data manipulation, management, and analysis, including
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, ArcGIS, ArcView and statistical and graphical
• Skill in data analysis and presentation to prepare report, manuscript, oral presentation and
poster preparation.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Experience preparing
clear, well-organized written reports on research or monitoring topics, and experience
making oral presentations summarizing research projects and results. Must be able to
communicate scientific concepts to a wide variety of audiences ranging from scientists to
the general public.
• Ability to interact and work with a diverse cross section of people in a professional and
positive manner. Ability to comfortably interact and communicate with the public.
Ability to engage adults in effective science monitoring activities. Ability to deliver
educational presentations. Good interpersonal skills and ability to work as a team player.
• Strong interest in acquiring additional skills such as detailed morphology of beached
birds and mammals, emergency response and damage assessment skills.
• Valid Driver’s License and good driving record (report will be ordered).
• Applicant must pass criminal records check.
Work Environment
This is a full-time exempt position based in San Francisco; work is expected to approximate a
forty-hour (40) week. Work includes some weekends and evenings. The position will involve
mostly office-based administrative and supervisory work with occasional fieldwork. The offices
are located on Crissy Field in the Presidio of San Francisco; offices are a casual attire workplace.
Occasional travel will be required to attend meetings and training; overnight travel will also
occur. This staff position will have access to a government vehicle for work-related purposes,
but on occasion will need to provide own vehicle for transportation with mileage reimbursement.
The applicant must have the strength and agility to work in the field, lift heavy objects (50 lbs.),
negotiate uneven and slippery shoreline, and work on board vessels at sea. Farallones Marine
Sanctuary Association is an equal opportunity employer.
Salary and Benefits: $39,000 annually, with employer paid health (HDHP/HSA) plan, dental,
vision plans. 403B participation. Free parking provided at work site. Generous vacation and
sick time plan. No relocation or interview costs are provided.
To Apply
Mail or e-mail a cover letter, resume, scientific writing sample and three references with current
contact information. Ensure that application has all requested items, or it will not be considered.
Beach Watch Job Search
Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association
The Presidio
P.O. Box 29386
San Francisco, CA 94129
Email: jobsearch at farallones.org.
Deadline to Apply is Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 5 pm PST.
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