[MARMAM] Research Director position announcement

Jenny Atkinson jenny at whalemuseum.org
Mon Aug 23 17:23:15 PDT 2010

Position: Research Director

Location: Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington, USA


The Whale Museum is seeking a Research Director.  Year-round FT. 


Established in 1979 as the first U.S. museum dedicated to whales living in
the wild, The Whale Museum promotes stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea
ecosystem through education and research.  While The Whale Museum has
conducted a large amount of research on killer whales and other marine
mammals, there is ample room for the Museum's research program to grow.  The
main focus of our work are the endangered Southern Resident killer whales
but there are other marine mammal species of importance in our region,
including Minke whales, harbor porpoise, Dall's porpoise, harbor seals,
Steller sea lions, and other species.  Current department projects focus on:
acoustics, vessel effects and marine mammal health.  Partnerships with other
organizations and researchers are critical to our work.  Current
partnerships include, but are not limited to, NOAA-NWR (regional marine
mammal sightings database), The SeaDoc Society (the San Juan County Marine
Mammal Stranding Network and marine mammal diseases), and Beam Reach Marine
Science & Sustainability School (SeaSound and www.orcasound.net; includes
maintenance of a significant hydrophone array on the westside of the


The Research Director is expected to actively engage in research as well as
track research in the region in order to translate scientific work into
public educational exhibits for display in The Whale Museum.  The Research
Director reports to the Museum Executive Director, overseeing a department
which includes one part-time staff member, summer interns and volunteers.
The Research Director maintains an in-town office as well as one at the Lime
Kiln Point Lighthouse Research Facility. 


The successful candidate will have understanding of and experience with
research priorities related to the endangered Southern Resident killer
whales.  The Research Director is expected to grant write for a portion of
their salary.  Qualifications: Ph.D. in a relevant field, demonstrated
history of peer-reviewed publication, excellent technological skills (i.e.,
database management, ARC-GIS), grant writing, and department & project
management experience. 


Electronic submissions are encouraged.  It is suggested that a PDF compiled
with the requested information be submitted.  


Send cover letter, resume and up to five references (either reference letter
or contact information for each reference) by Sept. 7 to:  


Jenny L. Atkinson

Executive Director

The Whale Museum

P. O. Box 945

Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Email: jenny at whalemuseum.org

Website: www.whalemuseum.org



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