[MARMAM] Job post: Scientific Officer - Identifying ‘Areas of Concern’ for Global Cetacean Outreach Programme

Dylan Walker dylan at planetwhale.com
Fri Mar 29 14:29:47 PDT 2013

*Job title: *Scientific Officer - Identifying ‘Areas of Concern’ for Global
Cetacean Outreach Programme

*Hours:* 5 days a week (Equivalent 37½ hours)

*Contract Period: **14* weeks; commencing 13th May until 16th August 2013

*Pay:* £3500 net

*Based:* Planet Whale Headquarters, Brighton, UK

Planet Whale is recruiting a Scientific Officer to be based in our Brighton
office, UK. The role will focus primarily on running a global outreach
programme to encourage the general public, experts, and other stakeholders
from around the world to identify their ‘Areas of Concern’ for cetaceans
using a free collaborative survey and mapping tool called SeaSketch.

The Scientific Officer will provide technical support and assistance to
stakeholders with different backgrounds and interests around the world to
identify and map their priority issues affecting cetaceans. By encouraging
stakeholders to focus on location, the outreach programme will be an
effective way to:

a)     a) Enable the global community to highlight the many issues
affecting cetaceans, and share their concerns and;
b)       Suggest areas and opportunities to work in partnership to deliver
effective solutions to highlighted issues.

In addition, the Scientific Officer will participate in a range of other
tasks, including data analysis of cetacean survey and photo-identification
data, plus other current field and office-based research being conducted by
Planet Whale.

Key responsibilities:

·         To lead Planet Whale’s global outreach programme to identify
‘Areas of Concern’ for cetaceans, using and analysing mapping software and
related survey tools

·         To oversee current cetacean survey work, focussing on maintaining
high standards of data collection and analysis with current field and
office-based team

·         Manage and develop current photo identification catalogues.

·         Utilise social media as a feedback mechanism to notify
stakeholders of developments on all scientific projects.

·         To develop a working relationship with partners assisting with
the global outreach programme and other projects.

·         To complete a preliminary scientific report and analysis of all
data collected during the global outreach programme for release and
presentation at the World Whale Conference

·         To assist the team with administrative and other tasks as and
when required

Skills and experience:

·         Educated to preferably Masters level in the marine
biology/science field

·         Good working knowledge of ArcView GIS essential

·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to
interact with people from all walks of life

·         Ability to lead and manage a small team, maintaining focus on
work quality

·         Team player with a positive and pro-active approach

·         Highly motivated and able to concentrate in busy working office

·         Experience in conducting surveys of cetaceans

·         Experience in photo identification of cetaceans preferable

Candidates will either be interviewed in Brighton, UK or via
telephone/skype. There is also a possibility of introductory interviews at
the ECS conference in Setubal, Portugal, early April if more convenient
(please mention this in your application).

To apply please send your CV and covering letter to
dylan at planetwhale.comwith “Scientific Officer Application” as the
subject header.

Closing date for applications is 19th April, with interviews expected to
take place the following week.
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