[MARMAM] Job announcement - Alaska Steller sea lion field camp positions, Ocean Associates, Inc

Kathryn Chumbley - NOAA Federal kathryn.chumbley at noaa.gov
Wed Feb 18 09:34:47 PST 2015

*Scientist III and **Biological Technician II positions (May 11-Aug. 8,

*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 2015 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

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 11 - Aug 8, 2015.  Between 1 and 6 new
positions will be contracted for the 2015 field season, contingent upon
funding.  The pay rate for regular work hours will be $21.04 per hour for
the Scientist III position and $18.04 for the Biological Technician
position;  overtime pay rates for both positions will be 1.5 times the
regular hour rate.   Application information is listed below.

The first week of employment (May 11-16, 2015) 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,
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, ensuring 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 daily (> 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: March 6, 2015 *
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.

Ocean Associates, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not
unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected
by applicable federal or state law.

Please contact Ocean Associates, Inc (employer) with questions regarding
eligibility, compensation, and application questions. Submit applications
to: Ocean Associates, Inc.

FOR BIO TECH II: https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=15919712

With cc to: Kathryn.Chumbley at noaa.gov

FOR SCIENTIST III: https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=15919782
With cc to: Kathryn.Chumbley at noaa.gov
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