[MARMAM] Stranding Coordinator - Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network

Elizabeth Hieb ehieb at disl.org
Thu Mar 29 12:55:40 PDT 2018

The Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network (ALMMSN), located at the
Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) on Dauphin Island, AL, seeks a
highly-motivated Stranding Coordinator to lead marine mammal stranding
response and assist with related research projects in coastal Alabama and
nearby waters. Established in 2011, ALMMSN is a cooperative regional
stranding network partner, working with NOAA's NMFS and USFWS to respond to
dolphin, whale, and manatee strandings. The primary goal of ALMMSN is to
enhance stranding reporting and response efforts to ensure collection of
consistent, high-quality data that are used to determine causes of
strandings and/or death. This position is physically demanding and requires
field response and necropsy on-call and under a variety of weather

*Daily duties:* In conjunction with PI, the Stranding Coordinator (SC)
manages and works collaboratively with ALMMSN staff, veterinarians,
students, interns and others to manage a 24-hr stranding hotline,
coordinate field stranding responses, lead necropsy events, oversee sample
handling, manage data collection and documentation, and oversee equipment
and facility cleaning and maintenance. The SC also manages permit
applications and renewals, budgeting and reporting, and participates in
public outreach and volunteer coordination. The SC will have opportunities
to assist the DISL Manatee Sighting Network and other laboratory staff with
projects including marine mammal captures, health assessments, telemetry
tracking of tagged animals, photo-ID, and dietary or physiology studies. SC
will be encouraged and supported to attend relevant local, regional,
national or international meetings and engage in career development

*Minimum qualification requirements: *Bachelor’s degree (MS-level
preferred) in biology, marine
science, wildlife biology, or other related program; at least 2 yrs
experience with marine mammal
stranding response and necropsy techniques; familiarity with MMPA,
NOAA/NMFS and USFWS stranding protocols; knowledge of marine mammal
anatomy; effective written and verbal communication, including speaking to
the public; ability to maintain effective and cooperative working
relationships; calm demeanor under stressful conditions; independent and
logical thinker, able to apply problem solving techniques; knowledge of
digital SLR cameras and lenses. Willingness to work irregular hours and be
responsive and reliable at all times is essential. Occasional out-of-state
and overnight travel required. Applicant must be physically fit, able to
lift at least 50 lbs and a strong swimmer; experience trailering and
operating vessels up to 24’ in length; ability to endure long days and
unpleasant field conditions including temperatures between 30°F-100°F,
rain, humidity and biting insects; have valid driver’s license and clean
driving record. Applicant is required to obtain an Alabama vessel license,
complete a DISL boating safety class, and obtain a hazardous materials
shipping certification within 6 months of employment.

*Preferred qualifications: *Masters degree. Prior grant and scientific
writing experience; experience with spatial analysis or statistics programs
such as ArcGIS, R, and SigmaPlot; prior research or live animal handling/
rehabilitation experience with cetaceans and manatees; MOCC, SCUBA, first
aid/CPR and other relevant certifications.

This is a grant-funded, full-time position (weekends, nights and holidays
may be required) with a
competitive benefits package including health insurance, 401(k) plan, and
holiday, vacation and sick leave. Salary is regionally competitive,
commensurate with experience (minimum starting $40,000). Applicant must be
eligible to legally work in the U.S. and physically able to perform the
required duties.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, list of three
references and date of availability to rcarmichael at disl.org before April
13, 2018. *Please put ALMMSN SC–YourLastName* in the subject line. Review
of applications will begin immediately and end when the position is filled,
preferably by 1 May.

More information about the ALMMSN, DISL Manatee Sighting Network,
Carmichael Lab and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab can be found at
http://almmsn.disl.org and
http://www.disl.org/about/faculty/rcarmichael. AA/EEO/M/F/D; DISL is fair
and impartial in relations
with employees and recognizes and respects the individual.
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