[MARMAM] Dauphin Island Sea Lab - Assistant Stranding Coordinator and Research Technician Job Opening

Mackenzie Russell russell.kenzielee at gmail.com
Mon Oct 7 19:39:53 PDT 2019


DAUPHIN ISLAND SEA LAB JOB OPENING


Position: Assistant Stranding Coordinator and Research Technician


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**: *

·       Collaborate with ALMMSN Stranding Coordinator, staff, students,
interns and volunteers to manage a 24-hour stranding hotline

·       Participate and lead field stranding response

·       Participate in necropsy events

·       Sample handling, inventory, and shipment of samples

·       Collect and manage data

·       Maintain medical records and enter diagnostic results into database

·       Assist with research projects, data mining, and analysis

·       Equipment cleaning and maintenance

·       Public outreach and volunteer coordination



The Assistant Stranding Coordinator will have the opportunity to assist the
ALMMSN veterinarian with stranding response and ongoing research projects
as well as the 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.



*Ideal candidate 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 and experience operating large vehicles, vessels up to
24’ and trailering (Applicant must obtain an Alabama vessel license and
complete a DISL boating safety class within 6 months of beginning
employment)

·       Preference will be given to candidates with veterinary assistant
experience

·       Experience with computer software such as MS Office, ArcGIS, R, and
SigmaPlot



This is a grant-funded, temporary position up to 40 hours per week,
including nights, weekends, and holidays on-call as necessary. This
position is for 1 year, with possibility for extension based on funding and
performance. Rate of pay is commensurate with experience. Applicant must be
eligible to legally work in the U.S. at the time of application. 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.



Interested applicants must send a* cover letter, CV, list of three
references and date of availability* to *mrussell at disl.org
<mrussell at disl.org>* before *October 18, 2019* to be considered. *Application
review will begin immediately* and will continue until a successful
applicant is chosen.
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