[MARMAM] Job Announcement for The Whale Museum

Jenny L Atkinson jenny at whalemuseum.org
Thu Dec 13 17:37:26 PST 2012

Position: Data Specialist/Collections Curator and Stranding Network

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


The Whale Museum is seeking a person to fulfill the roles of Data
Specialist/Collections Curator and Stranding Network Coordinator.
Year-round FT employment.   (Please note several job functions have been
combined in order to provide a full-time, year-round position.) 


Established in 1979 as the first U.S. museum dedicated to whales living in
the wild, The Whale Museum's mission is to promote stewardship of whales and
the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research.  Our facility is
located on San Juan Island, northwest of Seattle, Washington.  This remote
island is accessible only by ferry, boat or plane.  


This position manages the long-term scientific data that supports the
research and provides the substance for education programs and exhibits.
Current projects focus on: maintaining longitudinal data sets that track
Southern Resident orcas' movement patterns through a 34 year sighting data
base; 30 years of marine mammal stranding data; over 20 years of vessel
monitoring & trends data; acoustics monitoring data; and a museum
collections database of artifacts and recording media. Partnerships with
other organizations and researchers are critical to our work.  Current
partnerships include, but are not limited to, NOAA-Northwest Region, The
SeaDoc Society, and John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant


This position works closely with the Executive Director and the Research
Curator as the Data Specialist/Collections Curator to manage several
databases, including marine mammal sightings, Soundwatch vessel trends data,
and Museum collections; and as the Stranding Network Coordinator to
coordinate the efforts of the San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding
Network. The majority of this job is computer-based, primarily data entry
and database management.  The main field season for stranding network duties
occurs between May and October.  This position also trains and supervises a
volunteer network of approximately 50 people; and routinely moves marine
mammals or other items in excess of 50 pounds.  The successful candidate
will be highly flexible as response work can occur any time, day or night. 


Qualifications: a Bachelors Degree or 3 years experience in a relevant
field, excellent communication skills (oral and written), excellent
attention to detail, excellent computer/technological skills (i.e.,
Microsoft Office particularly Access & Excel, ARC-GIS mapping), grant
writing, experience with field work (specifically Stranding Network field
response), experience with conflict resolution & public communication, and
project management experience. Boating experience is a plus. Museology
experience and/or an advanced degree are desirable.   A varied skill set and
flexibility are major assets. This is an exciting time at The Whale Museum
with opportunities developing throughout the year. 


Electronic submissions are encouraged.  It is suggested that a PDF compiled
with the requested information be submitted.  The position will be open
after the first of the year with the opportunity for a brief training period
with the outgoing employee.  Start date is negotiable for the right
candidate.  Active review of submitted applications will begin December 28,
2012, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is
filled. Send cover letter, resume and up to five references (either
reference letter or contact information for each reference) 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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