[MARMAM] Job announcement: Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, Marine Biodiversity Officer

Olivia Harries olivia_harries at hotmail.com
Tue Oct 1 03:35:47 PDT 2013



Marine
Biodiversity Officer

The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (www.hwdt.org)
wishes to appoint a Marine Biodiversity Officer, based in Tobermory, Isle of
Mull. Working as a member of the Trust’s small, dynamic research team, the Marine
Biodiversity Officer is primarily responsible for maintaining HWDT’s Science
Programme.

 

Job
description

HWDT’s Marine Biodiversity Officer
will work on its boat and land based projects and will undertake the running of
the Science Programme. A substantial part of the job involves being the main
monitoring officer onboard “Silurian”:
conducting a variety of marine mammal surveys. He/she will work with and
supervise volunteers on most projects. An additional role involves representing
the Trust on local and regional forums. The appointee must be a qualified
marine biologist with appropriate field and analytical experience. The Marine
Biodiversity Officer will be responsible to the Chair and Trustees of the Hebridean Whale
and Dolphin Trust, the Head of the Science Committee/Senior Scientist and must work closely with other members of the team. This may
include supervision of other science staff. This post holder will split his/her
time between land and boat-based activities and office-based data entry and
analysis tasks.

Key
Tasks


 Primary
     Science Officer onboard Silurian
     during 7-12 day monitoring trips; 
 Train
     and guide volunteers in marine mammal survey techniques;
 Supervise
     the correct collection, entry and storage of visual and acoustic survey
     data, and ensure the smooth functioning of onboard computer hardware and
     software;
 Operation
     of hydrophone and acoustic monitoring system on boat including
     troubleshooting and running repairs if necessary and where possible; 
 Work
     with scientific team to deliver agreed monitoring outputs;
 As
     part of the Silurian crew,
     participate fully in the domestic, sailing and social aspects of
     monitoring trips;
 Train
     other staff members/capable cover for relief work;
 Equipment
     maintenance including repairs, loan agreements and purchasing, in
     particular the computer and acoustic equipment on Silurian;
 Undertake
     science administration, dealing with general science-related  enquiries, correspondence and
     consultations;
 Analysis
     and report writing;
 Management
     of volunteers on office-based research projects;
 Run
     boat-based element of field courses for students/general public;
 Representative
     on local marine stakeholder groups;
 Work
     with the science team on ongoing development of research and conservation
     strategy;
 Work
     with the science team to deliver commissioned research as appropriate;
 Work
     with other academic institutions in research collaborations and data
     sharing;
 Maintain
     and develop relationships with key local and regional marine stakeholders,
     organisations and operators;
 Work
     closely with education and sightings teams in developing and delivering a
     programme of public talks and presentations;
 Work
     closely with the education team providing input into education programmes
     and work with universities; 
 Media
     work including radio and TV interviews;
 Assisting
     in funding applications (including funding for the Marine Biodiversity Officer post) and
     supporting the education, finance and administrative staff;
 Assist
     with fundraising events when necessary, and
 Promote
     the Trust wherever possible, in particular recruiting new supporters and
     sponsors.


 

Desirable
skills


 Extensive
     knowledge and experience of marine mammal surveys techniques including
     visual and acoustic methods. Knowledge of, and experience in IFAW LOGGER
     and PAM software (e.g. PAMGUARD);
 Computer
     proficient including Access, and GIS programs;
 Offshore
     sailing/boating experience (formal qualifications are not necessary);
 Excellent
     communication skills; both written and oral;
 Knowledge
     of Scottish marine biology and nature conservation legislation;
 Experience
     of volunteer and project management;
 Full
     driving licence;
 Experience
     of partnership working and working in a team;
 Experience
     of working independently;
 Knowledge
     of the West Coast and islands and their communities beneficial. This is full time salaried post at £18,000 per year.  Application
Procedure: Send CV and Covering Letter with the names of two
referees by e-mail to admin at hwdt.org or
post to HWDT, Clydesdale Bank Buildings, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, PA75 6NU.
 Further information on HWDT and on this post (including conditions of the post) are to
be found on the HWDT website www.hwdt.org,
or telephone 01688 302 620. 
Applications should be made by 1st November
2013. 

Please
note: candidates will only be contacted if short-listed.

 

  


 		 	   		  
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