[MARMAM] Job opportunity: Research Assistant in Maui, Hawai'i

Emmanuelle Martinez emmanuellemartinez at pacificwhale.org
Tue Nov 27 16:21:55 PST 2012



Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) -based in Maui, Hawai’i- is a non-profit
organization dedicated to protecting whales and other marine life through
research, education, and conservation.  Our researchers have studied whales
and dolphins throughout the Pacific for over 30 years and currently conduct
projects in Hawai’i, Australia, and Ecuador.  



PWF is seeking a highly motivated and dedicated person to fill the full-time
permanent position of Research Assistant and assist with our ongoing marine
mammal research in Hawai’i, Australia, and throughout the Pacific. 



The position is based at PWF’s headquarters in Maui, Hawai’i, where the
majority of PWF research takes place.  In addition, approximately 90-120
days of fieldwork are spent in Australia each year. 


Primary responsibilities include collecting, organizing, and analyzing data;
driving the research vessel; cataloging and matching photos; supervising
interns/volunteers; maintaining research equipment; and assisting with
public outreach (e.g. interpretive education programs and fund raising).

The research assistant will also participate in writing reports and
peer-reviewed publications under the supervision of the Research Director.
Other duties may apply from time to time according to the needs and
requirements of the Research Department.



-          MS degree in marine biology or related field and 3 years of
experience working in the field with marine mammals -preferably odontocetes
and/or mysticetes-, or equivalent combination of education and experience; 

-          Knowledge of database management, GIS softwares, and statistics;

-          Excellent knowledge of field techniques, including
photo-identification procedures and methodologies;

-          Experience in driving small vessels around marine mammals.


Ideal candidates should also demonstrate:

-          Ability to take initiative when working independently or as part
of a group;

-          Excellent creative problem-solving skills;

-          Willingness to learn new skills and procedures quickly and train
others in their use;

-          Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing;

-          Ability to work long hours in office and field;

-          Experience in publishing (preferable);

-          Enthusiasm and a positive attitude; 

-          A sociable and team-oriented spirit.



Applications will be accepted through the 16th of December, 2012 (GMT -10h),
with the position starting January 7th 2013.


Applicants should be U.S. citizens, residents, or authorized to work in the
U.S. Interested candidates should submit an application with the following:

-          A cover letter detailing your relevant work experience;

-          A résumé/CV;

-          Names and contact information of three references.


Please send these items as e-mail attachments to
<mailto:researchdirector at pacificwhale.org> researchdirector at pacificwhale.org
with the job title in the subject line. No phone calls, please!


If electronic submission is not possible, hard copies can be mailed to:

            Research Department 

Pacific Whale Foundation

300 Ma'alaea Rd., Suite 211

Wailuku, HI 96793, USA


Please note: PWF checks references, conducts background and drug screens,
and is an equal opportunity employer. PWF does not accept applications with
photos, personal information (such as but not limited to: medical history,
age, marital status, parental status, etc.), or applications which are
incomplete or illegible. 




Dr Emmanuelle Martinez                     

Senior Research Scientist

Pacific Whale Foundation



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