[MARMAM] Job announcement - NMFS Alaska Steller sea lion population abundance and survival project, closes March 1, 2011
Kathryn.Chumbley at noaa.gov
Mon Feb 14 09:58:22 PST 2011
Biological Technician positions (May 16-Aug. 8, 2011)
NOAA/NMFS/Alaska Fishery Science Center
National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMML), Seattle, WA
Alaska Ecosystem Program/Steller sea lion field camps
Aquatic Farms (Ltd. of Honolulu, Hawaii), a contractor for The National
Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Alaska Fishery Science Center, is
soliciting cover letters and resumes for the upcoming 2011 field season
to study the western stock of endangered Steller sea lions (/Eumetopias
jubatus/) in Alaska. This work is part of a long-term annual population
abundance and survival monitoring program. Duties include conducting
counts, identifying individual sea lions by tags, brands, and natural
markings, and monitoring reproduction and survival at remote field sites
in Alaska. For general information about the program, visit this
Employment will be from May 16-Aug 8, 2011. Between 1 and 6 new
biological technicians will be contracted for the 2011 field season.
Application information is listed below.
The first week of employment (May 16-21, 2011) is spent in Seattle
training. Attendance is mandatory and successful completion of training
is required for all field team members each season. Food and lodging in
Seattle are not provided. Transportation from Seattle to and from Alaska
and the field site, food, and lodging in the field are provided. Field
teams are typically in Alaska for 8-10 weeks.
Field work is conducted by 2-4 member teams in remote camps located at
either Ugamak Island (eastern Aleutian Islands) or Marmot Island
(central Gulf of Alaska). All personnel are expected to perform daily
research duties as well as camp maintenance (chopping wood, hauling
water, cooking, and compost toilet maintenance, etc.). Participants are
required to stay for the duration of the field season and there are no
crew changes. Field stations are remote, there are no other residents on
the islands, and outside communication is limited (no cell phone
coverage and no email). Researchers live in small shelters at the
various sites with no running water or electricity. Field stations are
accessible only by ship or helicopter.
Each camp is staffed with one field camp leader and 1-2 assistants. The
camp leader serves as the senior person in the camp and generally has
previous experience on this project. Field camp leaders are responsible
for field camp logistics and maintenance, ensuring that research goals
are met and that safety protocols are followed, ensuring that all data
is entered and edited during the season, the return of field equipment
and supplies, and producing an annual report at end of field season.
Under the guidance of a field camp leader, field camp assistants help
with camp preparation, data collection, data entry and editing, and
field gear inventory and packing. All team members maintain a safe
working environment for field personnel, participate in daily camp
maintenance and operation, and assist with the return of field equipment
and supplies at the end of the season.
_Research Duties_: Research is conducted outdoors 7 days per week, often
in inclement weather. Temperatures at field sites can range from 35 to
85 degrees. Fog, wind, and rain are common, with occasional snow early
in the season. Candidates should be prepared to hike (> 5 miles) with a
large, heavy daypack, over rough and uneven terrain, steep slopes, rocky
ledges, and have no fear of heights or flying in helicopters.
Observation stations are located on the edge of cliffs or overlooks
above the sea lions. Observers will be expected to use binoculars and
spotting scopes for long periods of time and be able to recognize
markings or brands on sea lions. /There is generally no animal handling
during field camp operations./ Sea lions should be unaware of the
presence of biologists. Candidates should be in excellent physical
condition with no pre-existing health problems such as heart disease,
severe allergies, depression, debilitating asthma or other ailments that
will compromise their health, the health and safety of others in the
camp, or the completion of research duties.
_Minimum Qualifications_: Candidates must be U.S. citizens and have an
education in a biological science. A Bachelor’s degree in biology or
related field with previous field experience is highly recommended.
Field work, employment, or life experience in very remote settings
particularly in Alaska or other cold, wet climate regions is preferred.
The ability to work well in a team and independently, with good
communication and problem-solving skills is mandatory. Ability to follow
detailed verbal and written instructions and data protocols is
mandatory. Working knowledge of personal computers including use of word
processing, spreadsheets, and relational database programs such as
Access is highly recommended.
Current First Aid and CPR certification is required. Wilderness First
Aid is highly recommended and candidates will be given extra
consideration with this certification.
_Application Deadline_: March 1, 2011
Please submit a cover letter and resume with employment history,
education history, and the names and contact information (email and
phone numbers) of three work-related references to both contacts listed
below. Applicants not meeting qualification criteria or who submit
incomplete applications will not be considered.
Calinda "Cal" Goo
Aquatic Farms, Ltd.
49-139 Kamehameha Hwy.
Kaneohe, HI. 96744
FAX: (808) 239-8436
officeafl at hawaii.rr.com <mailto:officeafl at hawaii.rr.com>
And Kathryn Chumbley: Kathryn.Chumbley at noaa.gov
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