[MARMAM] Job Announcement for The Whale Museum

Jenny L Atkinson jenny at whalemuseum.org
Tue Aug 6 12:14:46 PDT 2013

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
database; 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. This includes coordinating responses, necropsy set-up,
logging/shipping samples to various researchers, and overseeing grant
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 majority of this job is
computer-based, primarily data entry and database management.  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 by
August 19 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 immediately, 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

office: (360) 378-4710 ext. 26

fax: (360) 378-5790

website:  <http://www.whalemuseum.org> www.whalemuseum.org

Our mission is to promote stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem
through education and research.


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