[MARMAM] volunteer with Cascadia Research Collective

Sabre Mahaffy Mahaffys at cascadiaresearch.org
Tue Aug 20 21:14:39 PDT 2019

Cascadia Research Collective in Olympia, Washington is now accepting volunteers for U.S. west coast and Hawaiʻi research for fall of 2019 and winter and spring of 2020!

Cascadia Research Collective (CRC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit research and education organization founded in 1979. Most of our research is focused on whale and dolphin populations along the west coast of North America and in Hawaiʻi. For more information about Cascadia and our research please visit www.cascadiaresearch.org<http://www.cascadiaresearch.org/>

We are seeking volunteers to help with our U.S. west coast and Hawaiʻi research projects. Both volunteer positions are office-based positions in Olympia, Washington.

We are currently filling positions for:

Fall (September-December)

Winter (January-March)

Spring (April-June)

Volunteer positions are unpaid, office-based positions in Olympia, WA and housing is not provided.

International applicants will also be considered, but it is the responsibility of the applicant to acquire necessary visas and documentation.

Position Details:

CRC gives priority to juniors or seniors with a science background who are seeking academic credit as well as those enrolled in (or planning to attend) graduate school in a marine science-related field. A full time commitment (40 hours per week) is preferred. Volunteer opportunities are generally three months in length, although exceptions can be made depending on the academic calendar of the college or university.

Much of CRC’s work involves photo identification, using natural markings unique to each individual to catalog and track individuals over time. This allows us to study association patterns and movements over extended periods of time, revealing information on population structure and social organization. Volunteers will spend a large portion of their time comparing new photographs to those in our existing catalogs, and may additionally be involved in digital image processing and data entry.

Additionally, volunteers may have opportunities to participate in Washington state stranding response, which may include beach surveys, data and specimen collection, data entry, and assisting in necropsies of pinnipeds & cetaceans.

US West Coast Research: Volunteers will assist staff on our long-term photo-ID studies of baleen whales, including humpback, blue, and gray whales off the US West Coast and the inside waters of Washington state.  For more information, see www.cascadiaresearch.org<http://www.cascadiaresearch.org>

Hawaiʻi Research: Volunteers will assist staff on our long-term photo-ID studies of a variety of species of odontocetes (e.g., rough-toothed dolphins, false killer whales, beaked whales) found in Hawaiian waters. For more information, see www.cascadiaresearch.org/hawaii.htm

For a full description of the volunteer positions available, please visit: www.cascadiaresearch.org/interns.htm<http://www.cascadiaresearch.org/interns.htm>

Interns and volunteers<http://www.cascadiaresearch.org/interns.htm>
Current and Past Interns & Volunteers | Graduate Students About Cascadia Research

Photo identification requires a high degree of focus and attention to detail, and volunteers can expect to spend the majority of their time comparing photographs.

Successful applicants should have the following skills:

- strong communication skills

- focus and attention to detail

- willingness to spend long hours in front of a computer

- ability to work independently

If you are interested in volunteering with Cascadia, please visit our website and send a CV (including references and their contact information), two professional letters of recommendation and a letter of interest that describes why you are applying for the position and how the experience will help you be successful in meeting long-term goals.

For a US west coast project volunteer position please send the information to:

Kiirsten Flynn: kflynn at cascadiaresearch.org<mailto:kflynn at cascadiaresearch.org>

For a Hawaiʻi project volunteer position please send the information to:

Sabre Mahaffy: mahaffys at cascadiaresearch.org<mailto:mahaffys at cascadiaresearch.org>

If you would like to be considered for either, please indicate that in your letter and send to both.

Sabre Mahaffy, M.Sc.
Research Biologist
Cascadia Research Collective
218 1/2 W. 4th Ave.
Olympia, WA 98501
Office 360-943-7325

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