[MARMAM] Job opening, CZS Sarasota Dolphin Research Program

Katie McHugh kmchugh at mote.org
Wed Oct 18 07:04:59 PDT 2017


*Research Associate, Dolphin Research*

The Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP) is a collaborative 
partnership dedicated to dolphin research, conservation, and education. 
  It was the first systematic study of bottlenose dolphin ranging 
patterns, and findings of multi-decadal, multi-generational residency 
have set the stage for the program to continue and develop into new 
areas of research.  Since 1989, the Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) has 
led the SDRP partnership, providing an administrative home for the 
long-term program and support for ongoing program operations, including 
the CZS employees who form the core program staff.  Mote Marine 
Laboratory, where initial research was conducted during 1970-1971, has 
provided a base of operations on Sarasota Bay and access to laboratory 
facilities and infrastructure since 1992. The Program Director since the 
late 1970’s, Dr. Randall Wells, guided the SDRP from a seasonal 
operation involving teams of volunteers to its current year-round 
operations with a complement of full and part time staff, who work with 
graduate students, interns, and volunteers.  The Sarasota Dolphin 
Research Program, conducting the world’s longest-running study of a wild 
dolphin population, now is a pre-eminent international center for 
research into the biology, behavior, ecology, health, and impacts of 
human activities on dolphins in Sarasota Bay and elsewhere around the world.

http://sarasotadolphin.org

The *Research Associate, Dolphin Research* contributes to the success of 
the Chicago Zoological Society (“CZS”) by performing a variety of 
dolphin field research and subsequent sample and data analysis and 
reporting tasks in support of the CZS mission and Conservation Science 
innovation and leadership.

The successful candidate will:

·Assist with dolphin field research, including leading photographic 
identification survey teams, participating in capture-release projects 
for health assessments and rescues, and leading biopsy dart sampling.  
Supervises interns and volunteers as needed.

·Coordinate sampling preparation logistics for dolphin capture-release 
projects, including organizing and generating sample overviews, 
procuring and preparing sample collection, archiving, and shipping supplies.

·Coordinate biological sample processing during dolphin health 
assessments, managing a boat-based veterinary sample processing 
laboratory, including leading a processing team of 5-8 veterinary 
technicians and biologists, overseeing 
processing/labeling/storage/shipping of biological samples in support of 
projects involving collaborators from around the world.

·Perform advanced-level photo-identification analyses to prepare data 
for incorporation into long-term dolphin database.

·Enter, double-check, archive and retrieve data, prepare data summaries, 
reports, and manuscripts, and assist other staff with preparation of 
publishable manuscripts.

·Prepare proposals for funded research projects, and manage the projects 
if funded.

·Assist with seasonal field surveys of fish distribution/abundance in 
Sarasota Bay, Florida.

·Assist with maintenance and repairs on program boats, trailers, and 
other equipment.

·Other related duties as assigned.

The requirements for this position include:

·Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Natural Resources, Environmental Science, 
Marine Sciences or related field or eight years of equivalent experience 
required.

·Photographic experience required.

·Two years of experience leading photographic identification surveys 
required.

·Ability to trailer boats, including launching and retrieval required.

·Biopsy dart sampling experience with small cetaceans required.

·Computer proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint and 
Outlook, Finbase, ACDSee and ArcView required.

·Two years of experience operating and maintaining boats and associated 
equipment required.

·USCGA Safe Boating certificate, or equivalent, required within first 
three months of employment.

·Must be a proficient swimmer.

·Experience and/or ability to work and interact effectively with a 
diverse, multicultural audience.

·A valid driver’s license is required on date of hire.  If a Florida 
resident, must possess a valid Florida driver’s license at the time of 
hire or must obtain one within 30 days of hire. A valid out-of-state 
driver’s license is required at time of hire if the employee is an 
out-of-state resident.

The preferred qualifications include:

·Experience with veterinary sampling techniques and sample processing 
preferred.

·Current certifications in CPR and First Aid preferred.

·Experience conducting quantitative fisheries surveys using purse seines 
preferred.

·Familiarity with hand and power tools and fiber-glassing for equipment 
maintenance preferred.

·Multilingual ability, Spanish fluency a plus.

The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If interested in being considered for this opportunity, please visit the 
CZS Career Center to obtain more details about the position and to apply 
by submitting your profile.  Please visit our website at 
www.czs.org/careers <http://www.czs.org/careers>.  Please look for 
requisition *1505BR*.

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Katherine McHugh
Staff Scientist
Sarasota Dolphin Research Program
Chicago Zoological Society
c/o Mote Marine Laboratory
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 388-4441 x450 office
(650) 400-2776 cell

kmchugh at mote.org
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