[MARMAM] Soundwatch Boater Education Program - Seasonal Vessel Driver Position

Elizabeth Seely elizabeth at whalemuseum.org
Fri Feb 10 14:06:51 PST 2017

The Whale Museum's Soundwatch Boater Education Program: 2017 Summer Vessel
Driver Positions Available!

The Whale Museum, Friday Harbor, WA


Soundwatch is a successful and internationally acclaimed education and
monitoring program working to reduce vessel disturbance to orcas and other
marine wildlife in the Salish Sea region of Washington State (USA) and
British Columbia (Canada). Soundwatch needs drivers to conduct seasonal
vessel patrols, educate boaters on regional guidelines and regulations, and
collect data while monitoring vessel activities around whales. Data from
this critical program characterizes vessel activity trends around endangered
orcas and other marine wildlife. The data is used to promote better boater
compliance and to inform marine mammal management strategies such as state
and federal vessel laws and guidelines. The Soundwatch program is operated
by The Whale Museum (TWM), a not-for-profit organization located in Friday
harbor on San Juan Island in Washington state.

Driver responsibilities Include but are not limited to the following:

o   Conduct daily on-the-water public education and monitoring of vessel
activities from May thru September within the San Juan Country Marine
Stewardship Area (including National Wildlife Refuge areas and Washington
Department of Fish and Wildlife Biological Preserve Areas).

o   Maintain daily boat protocols and data collection procedures on vessels,
marine wildlife viewing trends, guideline/federal law compliance
measurements, and educational materials distribution. 

o   Prevent wildlife disturbance by intercepting boaters before they reach
wildlife areas. 

o   Maintain equipment (including routine boat maintenance and minor
boat/engine repairs)

o   Work with Soundwatch volunteers and interns. 

o   Maintain communications with whale research and commercial whale-watch

o   Report marine mammal strandings to the San Juan County Marine Mammal

Stranding Network.


Applicant requirements:  Physically fit (able to lift 40 lbs), must be able
to swim, must be able to stand for long periods of time, and be familiar
with field data collection.  Drivers will need a valid US passport or an
enhanced driver's license, CPR/First Aid certification,  a state boater
license/or equivalent safe boating card and previous boat driving
experience. Knowledge of the area is preferred but not required. 



Please send a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for
three references. Be sure to include what dates you can start/end.
Preference will be given to applicants able to work from May thru September.

Applications accepted until April 14th, 2017.  



Soundwatch Coordinator 

P.O. Box 945 

Friday Harbor, Washington 98250 

Or email (preferred) to: soundwatch at whalemuseum.org  


Please visit The Whale Museum's Web site for more information on Soundwatch:



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