[MARMAM] Job Opening - Director Marine Environment Science/Biology at IAGC

Karen St. John karen.stjohn at iagc.org
Wed Jan 15 06:52:36 PST 2014

THE POSITION for Director, Marine Environment Science/Biology

The International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC) is seeking a Director, Marine Environment Science/Biology located in Houston, Texas.  The Director, Marine Environment Science/Biology will support IAGC's strategy to address critical science and policy issues related to sound in the marine environment and the impacts of industry-generated sound on marine mammals, fish, turtles, and invertebrates.   In this capacity, the candidate will be the subject matter expert responsible for monitoring and communicating scientific developments in the areas of sound effects on marine biology, managing IAGC's participation in related joint industry research projects, developing/enhancing relationships within the international scientific community, and supporting IAGC's consultations and engagements with governmental agencies and with other key stakeholders.  The Director will report directly to the Group VP - Environment and work closely with the Director, Acoustics / Geophysical Operations and with the Director of Environmental Regulations and Legal Affairs and IAGC regional consultants.  The position will also involve developing and communicating messages on the scientific underpinning of IAGC positions.

Key Accountabilities
*             Provide technical support and manage IAGC's participation in research, including in the IAGC/OGP Joint Industry Project (JIP) Sound and Marine Life Technical Management Committee specific to physiological effects and hearing, and on behavioral effects and biological significance.
*             Provide technical, scientific and project management support to the IAGC Global Sound and Marine Life Workgroup and the OGP-IAGC Sound and Marine Life Task Force.
*             Monitor the developments of the scientific literature and research projects conducted by key governmental agencies, academics, industry and others, and academic and scientific conferences.  Regularly communicate such developments to IAGC member companies, to include reports (verbal and written) to IAGC committees.
*             Update and maintain the IAGC Marine Environment reference library and website.
*             Develop strategic relationships within the scientific community and with key government researchers, including participating and presenting papers/presentations at key conferences and forums.
*             Support/assist in the development of IAGC and joint industry technical comments on governmental regulatory proceedings, and participate in meetings with governmental entities.
*             Support/assist with the development of IAGC position statements on effects of sound on marine life, marine animal strandings, and general environmental concerns.
*             Identify emerging sound and marine life issues, and provide scientific review and critique as warranted.
*             Engage in other outreach efforts as agreed with Group VP-Environment.
*             Work with the Group VP-Environment and the Director of Communications in distilling key messages pertaining to sound and marine life science for IAGC communiques.
*             Maintain and update IAGC web-based resource on marine mammal strandings and on industry-related incidents related to marine mammal impacts.
*             Coordinate, advise, and provide other inputs to advance the work of IAGC's Sound and Marine life strategy and organization.
*             5-10 years postgraduate employment in a position requiring scientific research, writing, project management and/or environmental assessments.
*             Proven ability to read, analyze, and summarize complex scientific and technical documents; need to not only summarize the content of such documents, but have ability to identify any potential flaws, weaknesses and strengths.
*             Knowledge of upstream oil and gas industry operations or geophysical industry operation is desirable.
*             Good written and verbal communication skills.  Ability to design and produce materials (written documents, presentations, etc.) that effectively communicate scientific and technical information taking into account different audiences (from lay/public audience to scientific audience).  Effectively presents information and responds to questions from co-workers, clients (member companies) and external stakeholders.
*             Experience working effectively with diverse groups of people in different roles and organizations and with different functions; strong team player; works effectively in a small office environment.
*             Responsibility for keeping projects on time and within budget.
Education Credentials
*             Master's degree in marine biology, ecology, or related field.
*             Ph.D. desirable.
Additional Qualifications
*             Skilled at getting individuals, teams, and an entire organization to perform at a higher level and to embrace efficient and effective ways of doing things.
*             Empower others, promote teamwork and monitor results.
*             A high level of personal integrity, moral and ethical standards.
*             An open, outgoing, positive and passionate personal style characterized by proactive communication and involvement at all management levels.
*             Decisive and tough minded; willing to address the difficult issues head on and take a stance; but also willing to defer when legitimately challenged.
*             Able to travel domestically and internationally.
*             Must be fully documented for employment in the USA (USA citizen or in possession of a green card) and prepared for full-time employment in Houston, Texas.

Send resumes to the Boyden contacts below:

Alicia K. Hasell                                                                                                                                    Deb Hardee
Managing Partner                                                                                                                            Senior Associate
713-600-6327                                                                                                                                     713-600-6330
ahasell at boyden.com                                                                                                                    dhardee at boyden.com
Three Riverway, Suite 1150
Houston, Texas  77056

About IAGC:
The International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC) is the international trade association representing the industry that provides geophysical services (geophysical data acquisition, seismic data ownership and licensing, geophysical data processing and interpretation, and associated service and product providers) to the oil and gas industry.  Founded in 1971, IAGC is an established, widely supported and financially strong association that represents its members wherever they operate around the world.  As such, IAGC's mission is to optimize the business climate and commercial health of the geophysical industry, and to promote the conduct of business in a professional, safe, and environmentally responsible manner. The association's vision is to be a focused, efficient, and effective international trade association, adding value through commercial and government advocacy, and the development and promotion of standards and best practices.

IAGC's members are a group of competing companies and businesses from the geophysical industry. As a group, involvement comes through qualifying for membership, paying a portion of the cost of maintaining the association, and participating in the activities of the association. Members share common economic interests, so that they are generally aligned in their purpose. Trade associations are the accepted place where competitors can gather to work common issues, and if properly conducted, do so without the presumption of a violation of antitrust or competition laws.
The Association's membership is divided into three groups: Core, Supporting and Honorary. Core members include: WesternGeco (a part of Schlumberger), CGG, PGS, TGS, BGP, ION, among others.

IAGC's internal structure is comprised of a Board of Directors, office staff (6), three regional Chapters, Chapter Committees, and Global Committees. The latter include:              HSE Steering Committee, which undertakes activities such as updating the safety manuals, developing new guidelines such as the recent watercraft guidelines, and working with OGP (the international E&P industry association) on coordination with their HSE efforts; Data Licensing Committee, which ensures that the association positions on data ownership issues are consistent, identifies new trends that need addressing, etc.; Sound & Marine Life Workgroup, which is the core competency group within IAGC that takes the global lead on the issue of the potential effects of sound from geophysical operations on marine life; and        Commercial Health Committee, which is populated by the CEOs of some of the largest members, and which direct the association's commercial health agenda.

Karen St. John
Group VP - Environment
International Association Geophysical Contractors
1225 North Loop West, Suite 220
Houston, Texas 77008   USA
Karen.stjohn at iagc.org<mailto:Karen.stjohn at iagc.org>
+1.713 957 8080

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