[MARMAM] Job Announcement for Soundwatch Program Coordinator for The Whale Museum

Jenny Atkinson jenny at whalemuseum.org
Fri Feb 10 14:41:23 PST 2017

Dear MarMam Readers:


We are seeking a Program Coordinator for the Soundwatch program.  Please see
below for the position description and additional details.


All the best,

Jenny Atkinson


Position: Soundwatch Boater Education Program Coordinator

Location: Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington, USA

The Whale Museum is seeking a Coordinator of the Soundwatch Boater Education
Program.  Year-round FT employment includes benefits. 

Established in 1979 as the first U.S. museum dedicated to whales living in
the wild, The Whale Museum promotes stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea
ecosystem through education and research. The Soundwatch Boater Education
Program was initiated in 1993 by The Whale Museum to reduce disturbances to
marine wildlife caused by irresponsible boater behaviors. This innovative
program educates boaters on guidelines and regulations for marine wildlife
through shore-based education, reinforces the learning experience through
on-the-water educational patrols, monitors vessel activities to characterize
vessel trends, and evaluate existing guidelines and laws. The main focus of
our work is the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKWs) but there
are other marine mammal species of importance in our region, including
Transient killer whales, Minke whales, Humpback whales, Fin whales, Harbor
porpoise, Dall's porpoise, Harbor seals, Steller sea lions, and many other
cetacean and pinniped species.

The Program Coordinator is expected to oversee all aspects of the Soundwatch
Program including, but not limited to: coordination of seasonal field
operations; small vessel operations/maintenance, education/outreach on
marine stewardship; maintenance of the program long-term data sets and
database; preparation of program reports; coordination of volunteers,
interns and seasonal contract employees; assistance with grant writing/fund
raising; collaborate with partner monitoring programs, the whale watch
industry and federal and state marine mammal management and enforcement
teams.  The Program Coordinator reports to the Museum Executive Director and
must work cooperatively with other museum staff.  The successful candidate
should understand and have experience with recovery priorities related to
the endangered SRKWs. 


*         Bachelor's Degree plus 7 years' experience in a relevant field,
specifically marine mammal research in the wild

*         Experienced boat operator with expertise in boat maintenance

*         Strong knowledge of marine ecosystems, marine mammal biology and
natural history, specifically the endangered SRKWs and the Salish Sea.

*         Strong verbal and written communication skills necessary for
public interaction, conflict resolution, department planning, grant writing
and project management experience

*         Team player with excellent interpersonal skills, able to interact
effectively with staff & board, interns/volunteers, visitors, members, and
the public.

*         Ability to multi-task and work flexible schedule, specifically
some weekends and evenings.

*         Ability to collect and synthesize information; effective problem
solving skills.

*         Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.  

*         Ability to lift 40 lbs. or more and to stand for long periods of

*         Excellent computer/technological skills (i.e., database
management, ArcGIS, Microsoft Office


Soundwatch Program Coordinator should plan to be in place by March 31, 2017.
(Start date may be negotiable.) Active review of submitted applications will
begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Note:
International applicants required to have approved Visa and documentation to
work in the U.S. at the time of submission. 


Application package should include: a cover letter, resume and up to five
references (reference letter or contact information for each reference).
Electronic submissions are encouraged in the form of a PDF compiled with the
requested information.  


Please send to: Jenny L. Atkinson, Executive Director, The Whale Museum, P.
O. Box 945, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 

or Email: jenny at whalemuseum.org <mailto:jenny at whalemuseum.org> 



Jenny L. Atkinson

Executive Director

The Whale Museum

P. O. Box 945 (62 1st St., N.)

Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Phone: (360) 378-4710 ext. 26

Website:  <http://www.whalemuseum.org/> www.whalemuseum.org

Mission: to promote stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem
through education and research.


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