[MARMAM] Job Posting | Pacific Whale Foundation

PWF Applications applications at pacificwhale.org
Wed Jul 8 17:39:38 PDT 2015

Pacific Whale Foundation, headquartered in Hawaii on the beautiful island
of Maui, has an immediate opening for a *Research Assistant*. This is a
full-time position and salary will be commensurate with skills and


The Research Assistant is responsible for assisting with our ongoing marine
mammal research in Hawai’i, Australia, and throughout the Pacific. This
position reports to the Sr. Research Biologist and is based at Pacific
Whale Foundation headquarters in Maui, Hawai’i, where the majority of our
research takes place. In addition, approximately 90-120 days of fieldwork
might be spent in Australia each year, if required.


   - Data entry and archival tasks
   - Data processing and analysis
   - Data quality control
   - Photo-identification, matching of whale flukes and/or dolphin dorsal
   - Maintenance of photo-id catalogs
   - Integration of disparate data (photographs, attribute data, and
   geospatial information) into a relational database (e.g., Discovery, Access)
   - Data collection in the field on board our research vessel and/or PWF
   vessel fleet
   - Skipper and trailer the research vessel
   - Maintenance of research equipment
   - Written preparation of publishable materials, for which appropriate
   credit will be given under the supervision of the Senior Research Scientist
   and Chief Scientist
   - Train other PWF employees and teach classes as needed for Eco-U
   - Participate in Ultimate Whalewatch, Whale Day, Great Whale Count, and
   other events as needed
   - Temporal re-location to any of our various field sites (e.g.
   Australia), for extended periods, as needed
   - Assistance with public outreach programs (e.g. interpretive education
   programs and fund raising)
   - Supervision of volunteers and/or interns
   - Training of staff and/or interns
   - Further duties may be assigned as necessary according to the needs and
   requirements of the Research Department. Supervision and direction will be
   provided by the Senior Scientist and the Chief Scientist (Greg Kaufman)


   - Graduate degree (such as M.Sc. or Ph.D. in marine biology or related
   field) and a minimum of 5 years of experience working in the field with
   marine mammals (preferably odontocetes and/or mysticetes), or equivalent
   combination of education and experience
   - Knowledge of database management, GIS software, and statistics
   - Excellent knowledge of field techniques, including
   photo-identification procedures and methodologies
   - Experience in driving small vessels, around marine mammals would be a
   - Experience with scientific writing, such as journal articles and
   - Ability to take initiative when working independently or as part of a
   - Excellent creative problem-solving skills
   - Willingness to learn new skills and procedures quickly and train
   others in their use
   - Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
   - Ability to work long hours in office and field
   - Enthusiasm and a positive attitude
   - A sociable and team-oriented spirit

Please send your resume and cover letter to: applications at pacificwhale.org
no later than July 22, 2015. Applicants must be available to start work on
Maui in August.
All applicants must hold U.S. citizenship or be legally permitted to work
in the U.S.
We offer great benefits and employee perks, so come join our team!


*Human Resources Team*


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