[MARMAM] Job Opening: Research Assistant

PWF Research Department research at pacificwhale.org
Thu Jun 22 15:30:54 PDT 2017


Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) has one immediate opening for a Research
Assistant. The position is based on Maui, Hawaii in the Research Department
of Pacific Whale Foundation. PWF is a non-profit organization dedicated to
protecting whales and other marine life through research, education, and
conservation. Our researchers have studied whales and dolphins throughout
the Pacific for over 30 years and currently conduct projects in Hawaii,
Australia, and Ecuador.

The Research Assistant assists with our ongoing Hawai’i and Australia
research projects. This position is based at the PWF headquarters in Maui,
Hawai’i, where the majority of our research takes place.

This is not an entry-level position.  The RA is expected to assist the
research staff in maintaining a productive Research Department. Specific
responsibilities include data collection, data management, statistical
analyses, writing of reports and manuscripts for publication, public
outreach events, and assisting with marketing and fundraising efforts.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

   - Data entry and archival tasks
   - Data processing and analysis
   - Data quality control
   - Photo-identification, matching of whale flukes and/or dolphin dorsal
   fins
   - 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 aboard a dedicated research vessel
   - Data collection using a theodolite
   - Skipper and trailer the research vessel
   - Maintenance of research equipment
   - Written preparation of publishable materials, for which appropriate
   credit will be given
   - Train other PWF employees and teach classes as needed
   - Participate in educational outreach events as needed
   - Temporary 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)
   - Assistance with marketing and fundraising efforts
   - 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.

QUALIFICATIONS

   - Graduate degree, such as M.Sc. or Ph.D. in marine biology or a related
   field and a minimum of 3 years of working experience, or equivalent
   combination of education and experience
   - Excellent knowledge of marine mammalogy
   - Experience operating small vessels around marine mammals
   - Proven ability to publish and present scientific research and
   translate findings for a general audience
   - Intermediate or advanced knowledge of database management and
   statistical software (eg. R, Microsoft Access, SQL, ArcGIS, Distance,
   Mark-Recapture software)
   - Scientific programming in R and/or Python
   - Experience integrating geospatial datasets in GIS/ArcGIS and other
   geographic information systems
   - Previous experience with photo-identification
   - Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
   - Excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize tasks
   and meet deadlines
   - Mental and physical stamina to ensure long days in the field, under
   intense sunlight, while collecting data according to a set protocol
   - Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to pass a
   background check


APPLICATION PROCESS

Please send your CV and covering letter as e-mail attachments (PDF
preferred) to *research at pacificwhale.org <research at pacificwhale.org>* - No
phone calls or drop-ins, please. Applicants must be citizens of the United
States of America or legally authorized to work in the U.S.A.

Closing Date: July 15, 2017

*The above information on this description has been designed to indicate
the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this
classification.  It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory,
or all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of employees assigned
to this job.  Management has the right to add to, revise, or delete
information in this description at any time.  Pacific Whale Foundation is
an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to
enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
functions of this position.*

*Research Department*

Pacific Whale Foundation

300 Ma'alaea Rd., Suite 211

Wailuku, HI 96793, USA

Phone: +1 808-856-8338

Email: research at pacificwhale.org

Website: www.pacificwhale.org

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