[MARMAM] Job Postings at Duke
aread at duke.edu
Fri Feb 25 09:54:56 PST 2011
Research Assistant Positions at Duke University
Duke University is seeking potential applicants for two full-time
research assistants to conduct surveys for marine mammals and sea
turtles along the east coast of the United States. The primary duties
of both positions will be to collect information on the identity,
movement, distribution and residency patterns of marine mammals using
photo-identification and biopsy sampling techniques. Both observers
will also participate in aerial and ship-board line-transect surveys.
Field work will commence in May 2011, following a period of training,
and will be conducted year-round from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina to
northeastern Florida. These positions will be based at Duke University
Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, NC. Details on duties, experience
required and desirable qualifications are outlined below.
Duties: Observers will collect visual, acoustic and photographic data
on the distribution, behavior and ecology of marine mammals and sea
turtles. The observers will participate in surveys aboard chartered
aircraft and research vessels in offshore waters (>50 km). It will be
necessary to travel to field sites and spend up to a week at a time at
sea living aboard research vessels. The observers will also assist in
the preparation of reports and maintain an archive of sightings,
acoustic recordings and photo-identification data.
Experience: A bachelor’s degree in a related field is required and a
Masters degree is preferable. Applicants must possess a valid
driver's license. Applicants should have at least three years of
experience in collecting and processing ecological data on marine
mammal ecology and biology.
Desirable Qualifications: The following experience is highly
desirable: photo-identification and biopsy sampling; small boat
handling; maintenance of photo-identification catalogs; passive
acoustic monitoring; aerial and/or ship-board line-transect surveys;
proficiency with MS Access and/or GIS software. Current aircraft
emergency egress certification is preferable; without this
certification, applicants must pass an emergency egress training
course provided by the employer.
If interested, please submit a cover letter and your resume to
Jennifer Dunn (jennifer.dunn at duke.edu) by March 15.
Andrew J. Read
Rachel Carson Associate Professor of Marine Conservation Biology
Division of Marine Science and Conservation
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University Marine Laboratory
135 Duke Marine Lab Road
Beaufort, NC 28516
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