[MARMAM] Call for Research Assistants for the Puerto Rico Humpback Whale Project

Mithriel MacKay mithriel.mackay at gmail.com
Mon Jul 27 18:07:27 PDT 2015

Call for applications for Research Assistant positions for the Puerto Rico
Humpback Whale Project with The Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center

Duration: December 29, 2014 - May 01, 2016

Four full time Research Assistants (RAs) are needed for the winter of 2016
to assist with on-going research focusing on North Atlantic humpback whales
wintering off Puerto Rico. These are volunteer positions for the sixth
season of data collection.

General description:
You can anticipate:
1-3 days/week of vessel based data collection,
2-3 days/week land based data collection (including theodolite),
1-2 days/week at the field house analyzing data.
Acoustic data will be analyzed during days when field excursions are not
practical or possible.
There may be opportunity for limited aerial survey experience.
Days off are infrequent but we there will be time to do some sight-seeing.
RAs mentor interns in the field and during round table discussion of peer
reviewed publications.

You must have at least a bachelor’s degree in marine biology or related
field. Former interns and students participating in any MCERC program are
encouraged to apply. Priority is given to applicants with an upbeat,
hardworking and positive attitude. The ability to take direction and live
in close quarters with up to 10 people is a key to a successful field
season. A stellar academic average is a plus, but is not a requirement and
should not discourage interested people with less than perfect academic
scores from applying. A strong desire to learn new skills, mentor other
students, and promote a positive attitude towards stewardship is essential
for candidates. Please be self-motivated, energetic, patient, and
enthusiastic! You must enjoy working with a group from around the globe and
be respectful of cultural differences. Experience in boat operations and
cetacean research is a plus. All RAs are required to be proficient swimmers
and snorkelers.

Interested applicants should carefully review the instructions for applying
listed on the Education Hub at www.Marine-Eco.org/mcerc-moodle
(in “Education News”) and submit accordingly. Applications will be accepted
through August 16, 2015.

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Mithriel M. MacKay Ph.D.
Marine Mammal Behavioral Ecology Group
Department of Marine Biology
Texas A&M University, Galveston
(830) 688-9878
Mithriel at Marine-Eco.org <mithriel.mackay at gmail.com>


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Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center
San German, Puerto Rico, USA
Pipe Creek, Texas 78063
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