[MARMAM] Job Posting: Marine Mammal Biologist Oceanic Society, Belize

Oceanic Society office at oceanicsociety.org
Mon Nov 26 09:36:13 PST 2012

Contract Position in Belize: January 15 - December 15, 2013

Organization Background

The Oceanic Society (OS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization 
founded in California in
1969 whose mission is to conserve marine wildlife and habitats by deepening
connections between people and nature through research, community 
engagement, and
first-hand experience. We support community-focused, applied research to inform
responsible conservation strategies at numerous field sites around 
the world and in the
U.S. We have also fielded hundreds of volunteers on dozens of natural 
history and
research expeditions to locations around the world, including 
Micronesia, Mexico,
Costa Rica, Belize, and California. OS has operated in Belize since 
1992 and has worked
with and supported numerous scientists conducting high quality 
research over that
time period.

Both OS and the University of Belize's Environmental Research 
Institute (ERI) operate
research field stations on Turneffe Atoll in Belize, the largest 
coral atoll in the western
hemisphere. Applied research projects stage from these field 
stations, including
monitoring of critical marine ecosystems like coral reefs, 
seagrasses, and mangroves, as
well as population surveys and ecology studies on dolphins and 
crocodiles, manatees
and more recently sea turtles.

To ensure that research at Turneffe Atoll is targeted to meet needs 
of national and local
resource managers, OS has officially partnered with ERI, which is the national
clearinghouse for biodiversity monitoring data in Belize, and is 
responsible for setting
biodiversity conservation research priorities and coordinating 
biodiversity monitoring
for Belize.

Job Description:

In this context, OS is seeking a unique individual with applied 
research experience with
marine megafauna species, particularly marine mammals (i.e. cetaceans 
or West Indian
manatees), to lead OS's efforts to coordinate and strengthen national 
research priorities
for key marine species, as outlined in ERI's National Research 
Agenda, and to represent
OS in Belize. Areas of focus could include marine megafauna conservation,
determination of high-use areas and movement patterns of marine 
megafauna species,
marine policy or marine spatial planning in Belize and the 
Meso-American Reef system
more broadly. The physical location of the position will be split 
between ERI's office in
Belmopan and OS's Blackbird Caye field station on Turneffe. Position 
to start in January

Key responsibilities will include:
    * Work with OS's Chief Scientist to coordinate the implementation 
of OS research and monitoring in Belize with a focus on marine 
megafauna species
    * Guide development of OS research projects related to marine 
megafauna conservation
    * Assist in the development of special programs and projects with 
a wildlife conservation focus in furtherance of the objectives of OS in Belize
    * Coordinate OS-supported research projects based at Blackbird 
field station on Turneffe Atoll, and ensure that they address key 
research priorities identified by ERI's National Research Agenda
    * Collaborate with other researchers working throughout Belize on 
conservation issues pertaining to improved management of migratory 
megafauna species
    * Represent OS on Committees, etc. within Belize by attending 
relevant meetings, seeking and cultivating partnerships with NGOs, 
management agencies, university researchers, funders/donors, and 
others, and generally aligning OS's Belize-based activities with OS's 
overall institutional priorities and mission
    * Provide input into the development of strategic plans for ERI 
in respect to marine wildlife programs and projects for approval
    * Lead his/her own research projects at Turneffe Atoll and other 
sites in Belize
    * Lead select Oceanic Society research projects on dolphins and 
manatees at Turneffe Atoll and other sites in Belize for a 4-month period.
Preferred qualifications:
    * M.S. in marine biology or similar
    * An established track-record of independent research and 
scientific publications
    * Experience leading non-specialist volunteers in field research projects
    * Experience with boat-based wildlife survey methodology, 
including visualization surveys, acoustic tracking and behavioral 
observations, snorkel/dive transects, etc.
    * Expertise in ecology and conservation of marine megafauna, 
particularly marine mammals
    * International experience and comfort with living in rustic 
field conditions for extended periods, and being able to solve 
problems and deal with challenging logistics
    * Dedication to teamwork, collaboration, and respect for others, 
as well as to conservation of marine wildlife and habitats.
Review of applications will begin November 20, 2012 and will continue 
until finalists are identified. Applications received after that 
point may be considered if the position is not filled from the finalist pool.

Salary: Dependent on Experience. Does not include benefits. Airfare 
is included from a U.S. gateway city.

Interested persons should email cover letter describing 
qualifications for the position along with curriculum vitae, 
including the names and contact information for at least three references to:

Dr. Bryan Wallace, Chief Scientist, Oceanic Society
staff at oceanicsociety.org with a copy to wallace at oceanicsociety.org
For more information about the Oceanic Society, visit: 
www.oceanicsociety.org. OS
scientific advisory board: http://www.oceanicsociety.org/sci_advisors
For more information about the University of Belize's Environmental 
Research Institute,
visit: http://eriub.org/
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