[MARMAM] HWDT Job vacancy- Sightings and Strandings Officer

Kerry Froud biodiversityofficer at hwdt.org
Fri Mar 7 03:38:06 PST 2014

Sightings and Strandings Officer


Dear All,


The Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust wishes to appoint a Sightings and
Strandings Officer based in Tobermory, Isle of Mull. Working as a member of
the Trust’s small, dynamic research team, the Sightings Officer is primarily
responsible for building and maintaining HWDT’s Community Sightings
Programme – the reporting network for local marine users to register their
sightings of cetaceans on the west coast of Scotland (including strandings
and photographs). 


Overall purpose of the job: 

The main responsibilities of the Sightings and Strandings Officer are to
liaise with the local communities within Argyll and Bute, Western Isles,
Highlands and Islands, Skye and Lochaber to facilitate the reporting of
animal sighting and stranding records. He/she will be responsible for
organizing the collected sightings and strandings data and producing regular


Key tasks and responsibilities: 

Community engagement: 

·         engage with members of targeted local communities (boat operators,
eco-tours, ferries, fishermen, etc.) and tourists, and further expand the
HWDT Community Sightings Network by recruiting new sightings

·         train volunteers in the communities in marine mammal surveying and
provide resource packs at fifteen community-based 'hubs', which will be
running the project locally 

·         ensure constant volunteer recruitment and provide ongoing
comprehensive training and support to maintain the HWDT Community Sightings

·         Maintain and develop relationships with key local and regional
marine stakeholders, organisations and operators; represent HWDT on local
marine stakeholder groups; 

·         Engage with local schools and lead a series of school visits to
target the younger generation. 


Data management: 

·         collect and organize sightings, strandings and photographic data
from the communities as well as HWDT’s own research surveys; manage the
Community Sightings and Strandings database; including the
Photo-Identification database 

·         update relevant sections of the HWDT website and write regular
reports on sightings. 


Other tasks: 

·         The Sightings and Strandings Officer may also participate in
cetacean surveys onboard HWDT’s research vessel Silurian; training will be
provided, but experience of boat based surveying and use of PAM is

·         Supervise HWDT interns working on sightings and strandings data 

·         Participate in commissioned research projects when appropriate;
work with partners in data sharing and other arrangements 

·         Undertake science administration, dealing with general
science-related enquiries, correspondence and consultations; 


Skills and experience: 


·         A degree in biological or related sciences and familiarity with
the west coast marine environment and its users 

·         Excellent communication and networking skills both written and

·         Confidence in working with databases and images 

·         Computer proficient including Excel and Access programs; 

·         Previous experience with Photo-ID analysis 

·         Experience of volunteer management; 

·         Experience of partnership working and working in a team; 

·         Ability to work independently; 

·         Experience in developing training material and delivering training



·         Knowledge of Scottish marine biology and nature conservation

·         Knowledge of the West Coast and islands and their communities 

·         Past experience with community development projects 

·         Knowledge of LOGGER data collection program 

·         Full driving licence; 

·         Applicants should be self-motivated, organised and self-reliant. 


Conditions: This is a full-time post. 


Salary: This is a full time salaried post at £19,400 gross per year, funded
by the Coastal Communities Fund. It is based on 37 hours per week which may
be worked in various work patterns. Overtime is not paid. The Sightings and
Strandings Officer will be required to work evenings or weekends if
necessary, in which case time will be given off en lieu. 

Length of contract: initially 2 years, possibly extendable subject to
funding and performance 

Annual leave: 25 working days holiday and 12 statuary public holidays. 

Starting date and probationary period: The ideal starting date is May 1,
2014. The position is subject to satisfactory performance during the initial
three-month probationary period. 

Location and travel: HWDT is based on the Isle of Mull, and the appointee
will work both from its offices in Tobermory and Hebridean communities
included in the projects carried out by the Trust. Expenses are payable and
a valid driving license is desired. No company car is provided. 


Application procedure: 

Send CV and Covering Letter with the names of two referees by e-mail to:


Mark Whitaker at 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 are to be found on the HWDT
website www.hwdt.org, or telephone 01688 302 620. 

Applications should be made by 7th April, 2014. 

Please note: candidates will only be contacted if short-listed, by 22nd


NB Interviews will be conducted face-to-face on Mull or via phone/skype 



Marine Biodiversity Officer

Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust

Clydesdale Bank Buildings


Isle of Mull

PA75 6NU

Tel: 01688 302620

 <mailto:biodiversityofficer at hwdt.org> biodiversityofficer at hwdt.org

 <http://www.hwdt.org/> www.hwdt.org


The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust is dedicated to enhancing knowledge
and understanding of Scotland’s whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans)
and the Hebridean marine environment through education, research and working
within Hebridean communities as a basis for the lasting conservation of
local species and habitats. 


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