[MARMAM] Volunteers needed for northern fur seal research

Ward Testa - NOAA Federal ward.testa at noaa.gov
Mon Mar 25 14:28:13 PDT 2019


Northern Fur Seal Observers in the Bering Sea



The Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s Marine Mammal Laboratory is looking
for 2 volunteers with wildlife/biology background to assist in demographics
research on northern fur seals on the Pribilof Islands, Alaska, during
summer-fall 2019.  Round trip travel from Seattle, WA to St. Paul or St.
George Island, and all per diem expenses en route and on-island are
provided, but the positions are otherwise unpaid. Volunteers will be living
in Government housing with telephone and limited internet services. Work
will be alongside experienced staff and contract biologists and involves
field-based observations of tagged northern fur seals during the breeding
and pup-rearing season from ~July 7-Oct 4.   Individuals must be physically
able to work alone or in pairs and in appropriate physical condition to
hike up to 2-3 miles rough terrain.   The Pribilof Islands are home to the
largest population of northern fur seals in the world.  The islands are
remote, with a subarctic maritime environment.  Conditions are wet and cool
in summer and fall, and flights to and from the islands can be delayed by
weather.  If interested, contact ward.testa at noaa.gov.
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