[MARMAM] Lead Scientific Officer for Cetacean Distribution Survey in the Faroe Islands

SARAH JACKSON sarahljackson01 at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 5 06:06:38 PDT 2012

Lead Scientific
Officer for Cetacean Distribution Survey in the Faroe Islands


30th July – 26th October 2012 (13 weeks,
of which 9 weeks will be on-site in the Faroe Islands). Self employed short-term contract.


Planet Whale is recruiting a Lead Scientific Officer to
execute a survey project in the Faroe Islands, with the support of two interns/survey
assistants, reporting to the Planet Whale team based in Brighton & Hove, UK.
This project, funded by WSPA, will focus on establishing the potential for whale
or dolphin watching on the islands as a means of promoting Faroese marine biodiversity
and diversifying the marine ecotourism industry which is primarily focussed on


The project will involve mostly cliff-top, and occasional boat-based,
cetacean survey work at a number of sites on the islands, using angle and
distance measuring equipment to obtain the exact position of any cetaceans
sighted, and a spotting scope for species identification and behavioural
observations. The chosen candidate will also collect sightings from a range
of locally interested parties. The development of a working relationship with
small boat operators with the potential to integrate whale and dolphin watching
into current tours will be important. 


Skills and experience:

to spend long hours (often alone) in the field when the weather allows.

Highly motivated and able to concentrate for
several hours at a time.

verbal and written communication skills. Knowledge of Faroese, Danish or
Icelandic considered an advantage but we welcome other applications.

to lead and manage a team, maintaining focus on work quality.

in conducting land-based and boat-based surveys of cetaceans.

to at least degree level in the marine biology/science field.

driving license


August and September will be spent on the islands, working
whenever weather conditions allow. This may include working in some fairly
‘wild’ weather – please be aware of this! 
You will be free to take one day off a week, usually during bad weather.
October is allocated for report writing and project summary (this month will be
home-based). You will be fully supported by our office team in Brighton &
Hove, UK.


All accommodation and travel costs will be covered,
including flights to the Faroe Islands if appropriate.  Shared accommodation will be provided and
cooking/cleaning will be shared between the three members of the team. You will
need to have your own laptop/smartphone so we can regularly communicate online.


This is a self-employed short-term contract and salary is
dependent on experience. All candidates preferably need to be available for
interview in Brighton & Hove but telephone/skype interviews will be
considered. Applications from within the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Denmark are


To apply please send your CV and covering letter to sarahjackson at planetwhale.com.


Closing date for applications is Thursday 12th July,
with interviews expected to take place the following week. 		 	   		  
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