[MARMAM] Right Whale Aerial Survey Observer Job Announcement

Melanie White mwhite at sea2shore.org
Sat Aug 31 18:26:19 PDT 2019

Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute
Right Whale Aerial Survey Observers 
Job Announcement

Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, a non-profit research and
conservation organization, is seeking temporary, seasonal aerial observers
for marine mammal surveys from December 2019 through March 2020. These
positions are in anticipation of research activities to be conducted in the
southeastern United States, contingent upon funding. Responsibilities will
include participating in aerial flights up to five days per week, data
processing, and photo analysis. Observers are required to complete an
aviation and marine safety/survival training course. Housing is provided and
will be located in St. Simon’s Island, Georgia.  
Previous aerial or marine mammal survey experience, as well as experience in
photo-identification of large cetaceans, is strongly desired. Applicants
should be skilled in database entry and other computer applications
including photo processing software. The ability to live and work well in a
team environment and work in a small aircraft up to eight hours per day is
required. We are currently accepting applications from U.S. citizens and
permanent residents.

Job Description:
Job Title: Right Whale Aerial Observer
Hours: 40 hrs/week from December 2019 through March 2020
• Participating in right whale aerial surveys under the direct supervision
of the Right Whale Team Leader.
• Collecting data and images on right whales (condition, behavior,
associations, status, etc.), and location data on ships and other species of
• Facilitating the transmittal of location information to the various
communication networks, the U.S. Navy, Georgia Department of Natural
Resources (GDNR), Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, New England
Aquarium, NOAA, and the University of Rhode Island.
• Photographing sightings via digital photography and processing and
matching those images following each flight.
• Verifying and conducting quality control checks on aerial survey data.
• Completing data spreadsheets, analyzing data, report writing, and other
tasks as required and/or assigned by the supervisor.
Benefit Summary: Worker’s Compensation coverage; housing provided. 

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to Clearwater
Marine Aquarium Human Resources Department (mailto:
ddesantis at cmaquarium.org) by September 20, 2019. Phone calls are not

Melanie White
Research Biologist
Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute
249 Windward Passage
Clearwater, FL  33767            
mwhite at cmaquarium.org
C: 518.339.1202


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