[MARMAM] Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator and Lab Technician Needed

Courtney Nelson courtneym326 at gmail.com
Mon Aug 12 12:46:13 PDT 2013

 *Position:* Stranding Coordinator and Lab Technician, Alabama Marine
Mammal Stranding Network

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*Location:* Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dauphin Island, AL

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) seeks a dedicated individual to serve as
Stranding Coordinator for the Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network
(ALMMSN), which is operated out of the DISL’s Marine Ecosystem Response Lab.
The position is full-time, year-round for 1-year, with potential for
renewal depending on performance and funding.

The ALMMSN is a cooperative regional stranding network that responds to all
stranded marine mammals on the Alabama coast.  ALMMSN works under the
direction of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for small
cetaceans and under the United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) for

*Primary responsibilities:* The Stranding Coordinator directs and manages
the stranding network, staff, interns and volunteers.  The coordinator will
be on call 24/7 to coordinate response efforts for marine mammal strandings
in Alabama waters and will act as the lead responder, coordinating
volunteer response to all small cetacean strandings, including response,
salvage, and performing necropsies.   The Coordinator is responsible for
processing and archiving small cetacean stranding data and samples, writing
and developing necropsy reports and protocols, and managing the ALMMSN
database.  Additional responsibilities include assisting with writing grant
proposals, progress reports, publications, and metadata; organizing and
developing educational outreach; attending and conducting training classes;
processing samples for analytical testing, and working closely with
collaborators from NOAA/NMFS, USFWS, AL Dept. of Conservation and Natural
Resources (ADCNR), and other regional stranding networks.

*Other responsibilities:* The Stranding Coordinator will work closely with
DISL’s Manatee Sighting Network, including crossover work assisting with
manatee captures, tagging and tracking efforts, sighting response and other
data collection.  Lab Technician responsibilities include assisting with
graduate student projects, ordering supplies, and maintaining lab
cleanliness and organization.

The applicant must have at least one year of stranding response experience
with an established marine mammal stranding network, must be able to endure
sometimes strenuous physical activity and long days in the field under
various weather conditions, and be comfortable handling highly decomposed
carcasses and working with live animals.  Due to the 24-hour on call
status, the Stranding Coordinator must be flexible in working early and/or
late hours and traveling, sometimes overnight.

*Qualifications:*  Bachelor’s degree and minimum one-year experience with
marine mammal stranding response, clean driving record, small boat handling
experience, excellent communication skills (oral and written), ability to
motivate and manage others, organizational skills, and computer skills
(i.e. Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite).  Experience with GIS software, public
communication, other types of fieldwork, and primary research or
statistical analyses are a plus.  This position may be rolled into an
academic degree program for a qualified applicant.

Pay is commensurate with experience.  Applications must be received by 1
September 2013.  Review of applications will begin immediately.  Start date
is negotiable but preference will be given to applicants able to start by 1
October 2013.

To apply, send a brief letter of interest and CV, including contact
information for 2 references to Dr. R. Carmichael, c/o Elizabeth Hieb,
jobs at disl.org


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*Courtney Nelson*
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*Director and Stranding Coordinator*
*AL Marine Mammal Stranding Network*
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*Dauphin Island Sea Lab*
*101 Bienville Blvd*
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*Dauphin Island, AL 36528*
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*cmiller at disl.org*
*http://almmsn.disl.org/* <http://almmsn.disl.org/>
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