[MARMAM] ALMMSN Marine Mammal Stranding Assistant Position (part-time)

Noel Wingers nwingers at disl.org
Fri Sep 22 07:24:52 PDT 2017

The Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network (ALMMSN), located at the
Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) in Dauphin Island, AL, is recruiting a
highly-motivated technician to assist with marine mammal stranding response
and research in coastal Alabama waters. Established in 2011, ALMMSN is a
cooperative regional stranding network partner, and works in conjunction
with NOAA's NMFS and USFWS to respond to dolphin, whale and manatee
strandings. ALMMSN responds to an average of 38 cetacean and 3 manatee
strandings annually, including an average of 3 live marine mammal
strandings per year. The primary goal of ALMMSN is to enhance reporting and
response efforts for marine mammal strandings to ensure collection of
consistent, high-quality data that are used to evaluate causes of
strandings and/or death. This is a physically demanding position that often
requires field response and necropsy on unscheduled long days in a variety
of weather conditions.

*Daily duties*: Collaboration with ALMMSN staff, veterinarians, students,
interns and volunteers to manage a 24-hr stranding hotline, field stranding
response, data collection, data management, participation in necropsy
events, sample handling, equipment cleaning & maintenance, public outreach
and volunteer coordination. The Stranding Assistant also will have the
opportunity to assist DISL Manatee Sighting Network and Marine Ecosystem
Response Lab staff with projects including data entry, sonic & radio
telemetry, and photo-identification to develop a broader set of skills.

*Minimum qualification requirements*: Bachelor’s degree in biology, marine
science, oceanography, zoology or related program; familiarity with MMPA,
NOAA/NMFS and USFWS stranding protocols; effective written and verbal
communication, including speaking to the public and media; physically fit,
able to lift at least 50 lbs and strong swimmer; ability to endure
unpleasant field conditions including temperatures between 30°F-100°F,
rain, humidity and biting insects; prior experience with marine mammal
stranding response and necropsy; ability to establish and maintain
effective and cooperative working relationships; think quickly,
independently, logically and apply problem-solving techniques; knowledge of
digital SLR camera and lens use; valid driver’s license and clean driving
record. Applicant must obtain an Alabama vessel license and complete a DISL
boating safety class within 6 months of beginning employment.

*Preferred qualifications*: At least 1 year experience with marine mammal
stranding response and necropsy techniques; knowledge of marine mammal
anatomy; ability to operate vessels and trailers up to 24’ in length.
Experience with computer software such as MS Office, ArcGIS, R, and

This is a grant-funded part-time, 24 hrs/week position including one
scheduled weekend day per week (nights and holidays may be required as
necessary with fieldwork). Rate of pay is $13/hr. Applicant must be
eligible to legally work in the U.S.  Interested applicants must send a
cover letter, CV, list of three references and date of availability to
almmsn at disl.org before October 8, 2017 to be considered. Application review
will begin immediately.

More information about ALMMSN and the Marine Ecosystem Response Laboratory
can be found at http://almmsn.disl.org/ and
http://www.disl.org/about/faculty/rcarmichael or by contacting Noel Wingers
at nwingers at disl.org.
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