[MARMAM] Large Whale Biologist position
edvorak at integratedstatistics.com
Mon Dec 21 07:41:28 PST 2020
Large Whale Biologist
Integrated Statistics is looking for a Large Whale Biologist to work
with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National
Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Northeast Fisheries Science Center
(NEFSC). The position supports the Protected Species Branch. The
position may begin with a period of remote work to accommodate COVID-19
pandemic restrictions, but will be on-site in Woods Hole, MA after that.
The Large Whale Biologist assists with the collection and analysis of
aerial and shipboard survey data, including researching the distribution
of right whales and other large whale species in relation to ecological
conditions and human activities, and the impacts of those factors on
right whale behavior, health, population dynamics, and ecology. The
visual survey information collected by NOAA is used to assist in the
management of protected species, evaluate the impacts of various human
activities on the species, and aid in education and conservation efforts.
The Large Whale Biologist will engage in these tasks:
* Participate in aerial surveys for right whales. Flight crew
responsibilities include visually scanning for whales from bubble
windows, recording sightings data on custom computer software, and
photographing whales for individual identification using a digital
SLR camera with a telephoto lens. Aircraft ditch training is required.
* Participate in small vessel and shipboard surveys for right whales.
Vessel-based duties include visually scanning for whales,
photographing whales for individual identification, collecting
biopsy samples from select individuals using crossbows, assisting
with oceanographic and zooplankton sampling, and supporting unmanned
aircraft system (UAS) operations. Small boat certification may be
* Manage survey and photographic data. Data processing duties include
QA/QC of aerial and shipboard sightings and effort data, evaluating
sightings relative to seasonal and dynamic management areas,
accurate and timely completion of summary spreadsheets and survey
reports, preliminary matching of right whale individual
identification images, and maintenance of data processing programs
and databases, including an R Shiny application.
* Support scientific and management needs. Writing and policy tasks
include analyzing data and preparing presentations for stakeholder
meetings, environmental impact statements, biological opinions,
scientific manuscripts and stock assessment reports.
* Assist with Protected Species Branch website content development and
maintenance, and engage in public education and outreach activities.
* Perform additional occasional duties, such as assisting with whale
carcass relocation, supporting disentanglement efforts, and
assisting with whale necropsies.
* A Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, natural resource
management, marine biology, or a closely related field is required.
A Master’s degree is desirable.
* At least one full year of experience working on aerial and/or
shipboard surveys for right whales or other protected species.
Aircraft ditch training, boat trailering, and small boat handling
skills are desired.
* Experience with marine mammal visual survey data collection and
processing methods, including use of spreadsheets and Google drives.
* Demonstrated programming and database skills, including working with
R (and R Shiny), PL/SQL, and Oracle are desired.
* Training and experience in statistical design and statistical
approaches for addressing scientific questions.
* Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written (including
visual presentations) with a variety of audiences including
technical, scientific, and the general public. A writing sample may
* Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Track
record of success in telework/remote work conditions, and at sea in
potentially difficult conditions.
* Strong project management skills, ability to adapt to quickly
changing priorities and strict timelines. Attention to detail.
* Driver’s license and US passport.
This is a full time position for one year, with the possibility of
extension. The position is eligible for the benefits described on the
Integrated Statistics website. Some projects will require travel,
spending up to three weeks at a time at sea or away from home, including
abroad (primarily Canada). To apply for this position, fill out the
<https://jobs.intstats.com/JobDetails.jsp?jobListingId=275> )or visit
www.integratedstatistics.com, click Employment Opportunities, click the
job name and click the Apply Here link).
Integrated Statistics is an equal opportunity employer and will not
discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age,
color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, gender
identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification
protected by federal, state, or local law. Consistent with its
obligations under federal law, Integrated Statistics is committed to
taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified
women, minorities, disabled individuals, special disabled veterans,
veterans of the Vietnam era, and other eligible veterans. For assistance
with accessibility of applications, posters, forms, and/or documents,
please email the Integrated Statistics office.
Integrated Statistics, Inc.
16 Sumner Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Cell: (508) 648-8308
Office: (508) 540-8560
Fax: (508) 721-6841
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