[MARMAM] Job announcement - NMFS Alaska Steller sea lion population abundance and survival project, closes Feb. 22, 2013

kathryn chumbley kathryn.chumbley at noaa.gov
Wed Feb 6 13:22:19 PST 2013

Biological Technician II and Field Research Leader II positions (May 
13-Aug. 8, 2013)

NOAA/NMFS/Alaska Fishery Science Center

National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMML), Seattle, WA

Alaska Ecosystem Program/Steller sea lion field camps

Ocean Associates, Inc., a contractor for The National Marine Fisheries 
Service (NMFS), Alaska Fishery Science Center, is soliciting cover 
letters and resumes for the upcoming 2013 field season to study the 
western stock of endangered Steller sea lions (/Eumetopias jubatus/) in 
Alaska. This work is part of a long-term annual population abundance and 
survival monitoring program.

Duties include conducting counts, identifying individual sea lions by 
tags, brands, and natural markings, and monitoring reproduction and 
survival at remote field sites in Alaska.For general information about 
the program, visit this website: http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/nmml/alaska 

Employment will be from May 13-Aug 8, 2013.Between 1 and 6 new positions 
will be contracted for the 2013 field season, contingent upon 
funding.Compensation is provided (both regular and overtime 
rates).Please contact Ocean Associates for compensation 
information.Application information is listed below.

The first week of employment (May 13-18, 2012) is spent in Seattle 
training.Attendance is mandatory and successful completion of training 
is required for all field team members each season.Transportation to 
Seattle and food and lodging in Seattle are not provided. Transportation 
from Seattle to and from Alaska and the field site, food, and lodging in 
the field are provided.Field teams are typically in Alaska for 8-10 
weeks.Employment period ends at the end of the field season and there is 
no additional work.

Field work is conducted by 2-4 member teams in remote camps located at 
either Ugamak Island (eastern Aleutian Islands) or Marmot Island 
(central Gulf of Alaska).All personnel are expected to perform daily 
research duties as well as camp maintenance (chopping wood, hauling 
water, cooking, and compost toilet maintenance, etc.).Participants are 
required to stay for the duration of the field season and there are no 
crew changes.Field stations are remote, there are no other residents on 
the islands, and outside communication is limited (no cell phone 
coverage and no email).Researchers live in small shelters at the various 
sites with no running water or electricity.Field stations are accessible 
only by ship or helicopter.

Each camp is staffed with one field camp leader and 1-2 assistants.The 
camp leader serves as the senior person in the camp and generally has 
previous experience on this project.Field camp leaders are responsible 
for field camp logistics and maintenance, ensuring that research goals 
are met and that safety protocols are followed, ensuring that all data 
is entered and edited during the season, the return of field equipment 
and supplies, and producing an annual report at end of the field 
season.Under the guidance of a field camp leader, field camp assistants 
help with camp preparation, data collection, data entry and editing, and 
field gear inventory and packing. All team members maintain a safe 
working environment for field personnel, participate in daily camp 
maintenance and operation, and assist with the return of field equipment 
and supplies at the end of the season.

_Research Duties_:Research is conducted outdoors 7 days per week, often 
in inclement weather.Temperatures at field sites can range from 35 to 85 
degrees.Fog, wind, and rain are common, with occasional snow early in 
the season.Candidates should be prepared to hike (> 5 miles) with a 
large, heavy daypack, over rough and uneven terrain, steep slopes, rocky 
ledges, and have no fear of heights or flying in helicopters.Observation 
stations are located on the edge of cliffs or overlooks above the sea 
lions.Observers will be expected to use binoculars and spotting scopes 
for long periods of time and be able to recognize markings or brands on 
sea lions./There is generally no animal handling during field camp 
operations./Sea lions should be unaware of the presence of biologists. 
Candidates should be in excellent physical condition with no 
pre-existing health problems such as heart disease, severe allergies, 
depression, debilitating asthma or other ailments that will compromise 
their health, the health and safety of others in the camp, or the 
completion of research duties.

_Minimum Qualifications_:Candidates must be U.S. citizens and have an 
education in a biological science.A Bachelor's degree in biology or 
related field with previous field experience is highly recommended. 
Field work, employment, or life experience in very remote settings 
particularly in Alaska or other cold, wet climate regions is 
preferred.The ability to work well in a small team and independently, 
with good communication and problem-solving skills is mandatory.Ability 
to follow detailed verbal and written instructions and data protocols is 
mandatory.Working knowledge of personal computers including use of word 
processing, spreadsheets, and relational database programs such as 
Access or SQL is highly recommended.

Current First Aid and CPR certification is required.Wilderness First Aid 
is highly recommended and candidates will be given extra consideration 
with this certification.

*_Application Deadline_: Feb. 22, 2013
Please submit a cover letter and resume with employment history, 
education history, and the names and contact information (email and 
phone numbers) of three work-related references to both contacts listed 
below.Applicants not meeting qualification criteria or who submit 
incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please contact Ocean Associates, Inc (employer) with questions regarding 
eligibility and compensation.

Richard Marasco

Ocean Associates, Inc

oarich.mar at gmail.com <mailto:oarich.mar at gmail.com>

With cc to: Kathryn.Chumbley at noaa.gov <mailto:Kathryn.Chumbley at noaa.gov>

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